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What does the following sentence mean:

“Mattan and the yellow jersey were right in the middle of the pack as it peddled hard in the blistering heat.”?

I don't understand what "peddle" means in this sentence, taken from Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th edition.

  • Should we guess this has a cycling context? Can you give a link to the quote? – Andrew Leach Aug 22 '13 at 16:57
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    It's a bicycle race - it should be "pedaled", as terdon said. The yellow jersey is the leader, as described here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – Kristina Lopez Aug 22 '13 at 17:25
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    It means you are looking at sample sentences written by non-native speakers of English: google.com/search?q="Mattan+and+the+yellow+jersey" – MetaEd Aug 22 '13 at 17:34
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    It is an example of the word peddle on the Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th edition – Pedro Aug 22 '13 at 17:55
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    I didn't mispell it. It's how it appears on the Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th edition. It must be an error of the dictionary. – Pedro Aug 25 '13 at 15:35
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This is a common mis-spelling, it should be pedaled ie pressing on the pedals of a cycle - cycling, in other words!

To peddle means to sell, especially travelling from door to door. A pedlar is one who peddles, but it's an old-fashioned term now.

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    unless it's a Freudian slip, with the drugs on the Tour etc. – Jack Ryan Aug 23 '13 at 1:45
  • no it is not mis-spelled.. here is the sentence sentbase.com/snt/?q=blistering%20heat/amn&corpus=juk – Java D Aug 23 '13 at 7:36
  • @JavaD: the original writer misspelled pedalled (or didn't know the difference). – Tim Lymington supports Monica Aug 23 '13 at 10:25
  • @TimLymington..have you any proof? I don't think so? – Java D Aug 23 '13 at 10:38
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    @JavaD your link takes the sentence out of context but all the circumstantial evidence points to it being a cycling reference - the yellow jersey, the pack (of cyclists) and pedalling hard in a race. Therefore the original writer has mis-spelled 'peddled'. The alternative is that Mattan and a yellow jersey were in the middle of a pack (of people? wolves? cards?) which was trying very hard to sell something in the blistering heat. Which one makes more sense? – Mynamite Aug 23 '13 at 11:35
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I suggest you check your spelling.

The following are excepts from Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English online:

pedal 2
past tense and past participle pedalled, present participle pedalling British English,
past tense and past participle pedaled, present participle pedaling American English
(intransitive and transitive)

  1. [always + adverb/preposition] to ride a bicycle
    pedal up/along/down etc
    Andrew pedalled up the road towards the town centre.
  2. to turn or push the pedals on a bicycle or other machine with your feet:
    She was pedalling furiously (=very fast).

peddle (transitive) 3

  1. to sell goods to people, especially goods that people disapprove of because they are illegal, harmful, or of not very high quality:
    They were accused of peddling drugs.
    people who peddle cigarettes to young children
  2. to try to sell things to people, especially by going from place to place:
    Farmers come to Seoul to peddle rice. a door-to-door salesman peddling his wares (=selling his goods)
  3. to try to persuade people to accept an opinion or idea which is wrong or false: politicians peddling instant solutions to long-standing problems
  • Pedro commented: "I didn't mispell it. It's how it appears on the Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th edition. It must be an error of the dictionary." Perhaps they've since fixed the online and newer print editions. – Hugo Aug 27 '13 at 6:45
  • @Hugo Yes, but you will note that Pedro's comment was 3 days later than my answer. – TrevorD Aug 27 '13 at 10:21
  • I did note that, just adding it for any other readers :) – Hugo Aug 27 '13 at 19:46

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