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Itasan



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:39 am    Post subject: tamper with Reply with quote

"He had no business tampering with social services."
Again, I have trouble understanding this sentence.
Does it mean "He had no right to oppose social services"?

Thank you.
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Buddhaheart



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, it doesn’t mean "He had no right to oppose social services."

‘Tampering’ means interfering with or changing in a way so as to weaken or to damage; busying oneself with other people’s things or affairs without being asked or needed; meddling in & etc.

Therefore "He had no business tampering with social services." means “ "He had no right or business busying himself or interfering with or meddling in ‘social services’."

I have some trouble understanding your term ‘social services’ in this sentence.
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Itasan



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much, Buddhaheart.
>>I have some trouble understanding your term ‘social services’ in this sentence.<<
Yes, I do too. Sorry there is no further context
because it was a sample sentence in a dictionary.
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