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Jenny Lau

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The big feet giveth, and the big feet taketh away.
what does the sentence mean? Here is the context:
After our success with feet picking, Elizabeth and I were feeling pretty good about the three-legged race. And we would have done well in that, I'm sure, had I not stumbled and broken the string holding our legs together after two or three strides. The big feet giveth, and the big feet taketh away. Still, we were having a good time as we gathered for the final event before lunch.
 

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The big feet giveth, and the big feet taketh away.
what does the sentence mean? Here is the context:
After our success with feet picking, Elizabeth and I were feeling pretty good about the three-legged race. And we would have done well in that, I'm sure, had I not stumbled and broken the string holding our legs together after two or three strides. The big feet giveth, and the big feet taketh away. Still, we were having a good time as we gathered for the final event before lunch.

"The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away" is a quotation from the Book of Job in the sixteenth century English translation of the Bible. It is a popular phrase used in English to convey that we should expect nothing from our life - sometimes we will be fortunate, and sometimes unfortunate. Like Job, we should have patience and accept our fate, whatever it may be.

The writer here is adapting the phrase for humorous effect, by substituting his 'big feet' for 'the Lord'. He means that sometimes his big feet are an advantage to him, and sometimes a disadvantage. In this race, they were a disadvantage, because they made him clumsy and stumble.
 

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Thank u very much,Coffa! For your detailed explanation!! And I clearly understand now:)
 
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