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    brown shirts

    Please explain the following in bold in easy English.

    1. Early compelling saga examples

    Honda: We will destroy Yamaha!
    Coke: Put Coke within arm's reach.
    FedEx: Beat the "brown shirts" with our red, white, and blue trucks.

    In the above, does "brown shirts" refer to UPS?

    2. Two hundred feet below camp, a crack shot across the slope I was crossing. The crack became an avalanche, the snow rushing past my legs like water in a water.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: brown shirts

    Yes, "brown shirts" refers to UPS.

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    #3

    Re: brown shirts

    In the second, "shot" is a verb, meaning that the crack developed very, very quickly.

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    Re: brown shirts

    I think it's worth while pointing out that "shot" is the past tense of "shoot". So, this verb will appear in dictionaries under "shoot". This is often a problem for learners who look up inflected forms and can't find them. You have to try and work out the base form first.

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    Re: brown shirts

    Yes. I knew the "shot" is the past tense of "shoot." But in the quoted context, I couldn't understand clearly the meaning of the verb. Because the meaning of "shot" was unclear to me, the meaning of "crack" was also confusing. When I looked up the dictionary, both words had several meanings. That's why I posted the question.

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