I asked my friend who moved recently to Texas: "How's living there? A lot of Tacos, huh?"

She replied back: "Lol. Pretty much. Leaves scope for the imagination".

I know what scope means in dictionary, like "scope of work", but in this context I couldn't get it.

  • How did your friend explain it?
    – Lawrence
    Commented Aug 16, 2018 at 10:36
  • @Lawrence Since English is not my first language, I honestly stopped asking her about words meaning because she always use slang words, that will make the conversation boring. I find most of them on google but I couldn't find this one. Commented Aug 16, 2018 at 11:03

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The word scope should be understood in this way:

scope noun 2 The opportunity or possibility to do or deal with something. ‘the scope for major change is always limited by political realities’ - ODO

She may have taken "a lot of tacos" to imply "not a lot of variety", replying humorously that the situation leaves her plenty of opportunity to use her imagination.


I'm not sure, but I think she's meaning that it's a place that allows her to use her imagination a lot.

This is not a common English phrase. As an American, I had no idea what it was supposed to mean when I first read it. When doing a little research, it looks like most of the hits are for a single book, so this is probably an expression that only a few people use.

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