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Hi all,

A book reviewer who doesn't like a book, «scorches through his copy...».
He doesn't burn slightly the book literally, so besides the obvious negative opinion he has, does «scorch through» have any meaning as a phrasal verb or any other figurative sense?

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In my opinion, it probably has the same meaning as 'speed read', that is to say the reader moved his eyes over the book, gaining the most basic of notions from its content.
 

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In my opinion, it probably has the same meaning as 'speed read', that is to say the reader moved his eyes over the book, gaining the most basic of notions from its content.


OK, Scorch means «move fast» also...


Thanks a lot Shakespeare's brother!!
 

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I find that a bit of an odd use.

It's common to read that a reviewer gave something a "scorching review" (said he hated it, it lacked any merit, had no redeeming qualities, etc.) but I've never read "scorched through a copy."
 

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I find that a bit of an odd use.

It's common to read that a reviewer gave something a "scorching review" (said he hated it, it lacked any merit, had no redeeming qualities, etc.) but I've never read "scorched through a copy."

«The anonymous reviewer scorched through his advance copy, highlighting its dreadful implications...»

When I first read it I saw the reviewer setting the book on figurative fire... blaming it and so on.
Could this «through» indicate «from the beginning to the end»?
 

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Possibly - that might make sense.

He weht through the entire thing, marking the parts that were particularly awful for the review he would later write.
 

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We have a usage of scorch : OLD-FASHIONED INFORMAL
(especially of motorcycles and cars) to travel or be driven very fast, which can be used metaphorically to say you do something very quickly: I scorched through the shops looking for a dress/ I scorched through your article so I could ask some questions.

To me the reviewer read the book very quickly [which could be an indicator of how much the book was disliked!]
 

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Scorch through as taking a fast look at the pages seems to match perfectly.

Thank You All!!
 
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