LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/JUN/2009 7:03 PM|
|Assunto:||bores down...No, no such "bores down"|
I think that the first Dale´s post was instrumental, when it explained that
"It's not referring to just a hole, but to the pressure and strength behind the tool. ", so the comtemporary authors are changing that sense, they went from the bore (instrument) to a more abstract thing (taking the imagery of a bore that pierce something making itself pass through it). That is not yet registered in dictionaries, it seems.
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As for the WebCorp, let´s not say that the tool is rusty only because it is contradicting our point of view, as you see, the BNC in the above result (the only one there with "bore down") yield similar output.
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On second thougt, I concede that you could be right. I looked it up into Random House Webster´s 'bear' entry. And there´s the definition of 'bears down on ->To press down on, to move toward rapidly.
Although, the Znet excerpt, is not talking about something of past, is describing the place in the present. As 'bore down on' would be the past of 'bears down on' I
It´s one tendency, though, it´s always open to change. All in all, I think that all of us have already grasped the meaning, I am glad to.
Hugs and much appreciate your colaboration.
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