In a letter I came across a sentence

Despite of feeling bad for losing one of the best students so far yet for any further specific info/ query you are welcome to get in touch with me through any vehicles during business hours.

Is "through any vehicles" an idiom? I googled "through any vehicles" idiom without any success.

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  • @tchrist it looks like a slightly changed output of the translator. – Lukasz Madon May 27 '12 at 18:03

It's not really an idiom, it's just using a perhaps less-known definition of vehicle. From Merriam-Webster:

vehicle, noun2: an agent of transmission : carrier

In the given context, the implied idea is vehicle of communication. It's probably not the most common word to use in that context (method or medium come to my mind first), but it's definitely not unheard of. There are some other things going on in that sentence that make me think that the author is not a native English speaker, but I think the intent is pretty clear.

  • You are right. The letter sounds funny:) – Noah May 27 '12 at 19:17
  • It is such a usage, but is incorrect because the plural is used; it should be singular. The preposition through is a bit odd. A more conventional usage would be something like get in touch using any vehicle. – mgkrebbs May 27 '12 at 20:04
  • @mgkrebbs: It would still be a daft choice of words anyway. Per Cameron's definition, a vehicle of communication is usually an agent, intermediary who/which carries/clarifies a message. The "more conventional usage" would be something like get in touch using any means - except "post / email" wouldn't really fit since the writer specifies "business hours". Presumably he only expects telephone or visit in person, but he's trying to sound more expansive and all-embracing. – FumbleFingers May 28 '12 at 3:29

I can't find this phrase in my dictionary of phrasal verbs and idioms. The "vehicles" word might be replaced for mail, phone... or anything that you can contact with him/her.

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