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Could you help me with the meaning of the following words/phrases in red?
1)) John has been looking for Mary desperately. Tom, acting cautiously, told John that Mary had already left for work, although Mary was in fact still sleeping at home. John then presumably headed off, and Tom, thinking nothing more of the situation made his way to work. Finally, John killed Mary at her home.
2) The mainlanders repeatedly spoke of the high regard they had for HK's public transportation system. In the end, this convinced the executives it would help them lobby for local support if the firm had a mantelpiece based in HK to present. So the French picked the tramway.
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Maybe the idea of the 'mantlepiece' is that this sort of decorative shelf is often used to display trophies (cups, shields, framed certificates) - so an impressive head-office would do the same job.
John then presumably headed off
This is more than just 'leave' where you are, but 'leaving to go to another particular place".
In navigation, ships have a 'heading' - a compass point - to guide them, as they 'head for Bermuda' or 'head for home'.