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Autor:  Tom
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  18/FEV/2004 10:25 AM
Assunto:  Re: Para João Barros.
 
Mensagem:  If João doesn't answer maybe this will help: "straw that broke the camels back" is one too many problems, the one that ruins everything. It's an allegorical phrase. If you are loading straw onto a camel and you put too much on it will break the camels' back. That last piece of straw was the one that did it. Everyone and everything has it's limit. If you give a person too much to do at some point they will crack, break down, revolt, etc. The last task given to that person would be the proverbial straw. Imagine your English teacher has given you two hundred new vocabulary words, a new conjugation to learn, a chapter to read in a book and you just don't know how you are going to do all of that over carnival weekend. Then, just as you are leaving the class, she says "Oh yes, I also want you to write a five hundred word composition before Ash Wednesday when we meet again!" That would be the "straw that broke the camels back" --- the students would rebel!!


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Para João Barros.  –  Silvio.  18/FEV/2004, 9:36 AM
 Re: Para João Barros.  –  Tom  18/FEV/2004, 10:25 AM
Re: Para João Barros.  –  João Barros  18/FEV/2004, 5:20 PM
Re: Para João Barros.  –  Silvio  19/FEV/2004, 12:20 PM

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