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How would you classify just flipping through the pages of a book?


Apparently from UK military slag from the early 1900s. The 'chastised' meaning is of UK military origin and dates from the early 20th century and is now rather outmoded. It is usually applied to a child or subordinate. the earliest known citation of it in print is in a 1915 letter which was later published in Wilfred Owen's Collected Letters: "He ...


It means due to the presence. It's the same usage as the expression "Can't see the forest for the trees." This usage is not current in my (American) dialect. If I was to use this, I would surely say "You can't move for all the books in her room," but I would be more likely to say something like, "You can't move, what with all the books in her room" or "You ...

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