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what does the idiom mean?

 
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Tom



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2003 3:34 am    Post subject: what does the idiom mean? Reply with quote

"It is a long lane that has no turning."

Is there anyone who could help me understand this idiom. Thanks!
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Celeste



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2003 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like it means that something which is unchanging seems very long(because it is boring). Not a common idiom.
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dduck



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2003 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"It is a long lane that has no turning."

To me, it makes me think of the paths that I've walked down - I can't think of one where there was no chance to turn back. So it sounds to me that the speaker is reminding us that there are always option available to us.

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'Tis a long lane that has no turning. Every calamity has an ending. The darkest day, stop till to-morrow, will have passed away:

“Hope peeps from a cloud on our squad,
Whose beams have been long in deep mourning:
`Tis a lane, let me tell you, my lad,
Very long that has never a turning.”
Peter Pindar Great Cry and Little Wool, epist. 1.
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Tom



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2003 12:35 pm    Post subject: Thank you two Reply with quote

Thank you very much. But I think dduck's explanation is more accurate. Very Happy
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toyboatt



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 4:35 am    Post subject: long lane Reply with quote

wow! i think celeste and dduck's poem point squarely to something being long and boring.

Hope peeps from a cloud on our squad,
Whose beams have been long in deep mourning:
`Tis a lane, let me tell you, my lad,
Very long that has never a turning.”

"long in deep mourning".. i'll tell you what. i often take walks for 3 to 8 hours in one day. i generally love the time, but nothing is worse then a long straight stretch of road. call it personal bias, but i think dduck's quote supports celeste's opinion (and mine now!)

-phil
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