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    Prove one's mantle

    What is the meaning of "Prove his mantle" in the following sentence?

    "Since being elected, Mr Obama has yet to set out his policy towards North Korea. It's time he proved his mantle by releasing one."

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    Re: Prove one's mantle

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    What is the meaning of "Prove his mantle" in the following sentence?

    "Since being elected, Mr Obama has yet to set out his policy towards North Korea. It's time he proved his mantle by releasing one."

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    Dear deepurple:

    Could the quote be: 'prove his mettle'?


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    Re: Prove one's mantle

    'mantle' refers 'to an important role or responsibility that passes from one person to another' - the usual collocation in this instance would be something like, "Obama has assumed the mantle of President."

    The USA needs a policy with regard to North Korea. The reporter calls for Mr. Obama to make the policy of the USA very clear to North Korea and the rest of the world - a Presidential act - and so prove that he indeed is worthy of having assumed the mantle of President of the United States.

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    Re: Prove one's mantle

    Quote Originally Posted by pyoung View Post
    Dear deepurple:

    Could the quote be: 'prove his mettle'?
    Yes,...according to the text, I think the author has made a typo here.

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    Re: Prove one's mantle

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    Yes,...according to the text, I think the author has made a typo here.
    I agree. But I think he made the typo because of the associations that David L discusses (because there was a more common word in the right semantic field and phonetically quite similar, it was an easy substitution to make).

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