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Dear teachers,

i read this from a book:

Heck, by the time a man scratches his behind, clears his throat, and tells me how smart he is, we've already wasted 15 minutes.

by former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson

What does it mean by "scratches his behind"?

thanks:)
 

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welldone said:
Dear teachers,

i read this from a book:

Heck, by the time a man scratches his behind, clears his throat, and tells me how smart he is, we've already wasted 15 minutes.

by former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson

What does it mean by "scratches his behind"?

thanks:)

In that context it refers to what FRC said, scratch one's butt, behind, seat of one's pants. That's the literal meaning. In LBJ's day, the figurative meaning had to do with taking a pause to think before one speaks.
 
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