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This is a sentence from a book for children. I'm trying to translate it into Chinese. Not sure what this means. DO we want to hug troubles or not?

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closed as general reference by MετάEd, RegDwigнt May 14 '13 at 8:54

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I suppose there are people who would "hug" or, in other words, hold onto their troubles rather than face the hard task of dealing with the troubles and work to eliminate them. – Kristina Lopez May 4 '13 at 12:55
I suppose you are right. Thanks a lot. :) – Sarah Hsu May 4 '13 at 13:16
@SarahHsu -- you might consider the word hug in the context of the phrase tree hugger and then replace the image of a tree with that of a plant with a lot prickers, like a saguaro. – Malvolio May 4 '13 at 13:22

In this case, poor: 4a means "inferior in quality or value" or, another way of saying it is: bad because they have too many thorns (prickers), which pierce the skin and cause pain.

Therefore, no, we don't want to hug (embrace) troubles.

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An illustration for prickers


Something you would not want to hug, because it has too many prickers.

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Sometimes the "written language" of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is much more effective than words. – user21497 May 4 '13 at 15:05

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