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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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    Re: headed off

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    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 (left), and Tom, thinking nothing more of the situation (no longer thinking about it [implication: issue resolved]) made his way to work. Finally, John killed Mary at her home.

    2) The mainlanders repeatedly spoke of the high regard (mentioned the very good opinion) 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 (a mantelpiece is a decorative shelf just above a fireplace. I have never heard it used figuratively. The only word I can think of that might work here is 'showpiece' which means an attractive example of the product or an impressive headquarters.) based in HK to present. So the French picked the tramway.

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    I hope this is of some help,

    Petra

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    Re: headed off

    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.

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    Re: headed off

    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'.

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