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A "wooden loaf" is simply a useless object. It is not a real thing. There are many such imaginary objects in the English language but you can also make up your own (as Ghandi may have done here). Usage is often of the form: "He is as useless as a chocolate teapot." or "It is as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike.". In this ...


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This is not a one off, nor is the meaning so simple. But it looks like Gandhi himself clarified what he meant when he said it. The London Review has different wording, with ladoos, an Indian pastry: Of the independence which India sought and achieved, Gandhi said in June 1947: ‘This is like eating wooden ladoos; if they eat it they die of colic; if they don’...


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Gandhi, denouncing freedom from the imperial rule as a “wooden loaf” had remained in Calcutta, trying, with the force of his moral authority, to stop Hindus and Muslims from killing each other. (source) Just to add that Gandhi defined freedom from the imperial rule acquired through violence as a wooden loaf (that is, of no real use) to show that the result ...


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I'm not sure this belongs here, as it is probably a nonce (not a recognized expression). In this case what was intended: "As Gandhi said, as long as poverty exists, freedom is a wooden loaf. To remove poverty is the greatest task faced by any government." -the Business-Standard As I understand Gandhiji, "freedom" in and of itself ...


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It means to not cooperate and prepare for civil disobedience, while referring to the Indian independence struggle. The only unusual word is "non-cooperate". It isn't a real word. "Not cooperate" or "be uncooperative" would be better grammatically, although the meaning is clear. However in India the Noncooperation movement was (...


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It's in the definition, number 1a for adverb, and yes it is common: 1a—used as an intensive to stress an extreme or highly unlikely condition or instance // so simple even a child can do it MW


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If you mean by "normative" that native speakers understand your meaning, of course it is. But it is not in the sense of "also" but "those as low as me" know this. The king knows. The governor knows. Heck, EVEN I know.


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