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Meaning of "get savaged"



 
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Meaning of "get savaged" #1 (permalink) Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:20 pm   Meaning of "get savaged"
 

Test No. incompl/advan-39 "State Secrets", question 5

Sometimes a journalist will get hold of sensitive information knowing that he will get ......... by government agencies if he dares reveal it.

(a) wild
(b) torn
(c) savaged
(d) ravaged

Test No. incompl/advan-39 "State Secrets", answer 5

Sometimes a journalist will get hold of sensitive information knowing that he will get savaged by government agencies if he dares reveal it.

Correct answer: (c) savaged

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Sometimes a journalist will get hold of sensitive information knowing that he will get ravaged by government agencies if he dares reveal it.
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Savaged #2 (permalink) Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:56 pm   Savaged
 

This word in its literal sense usually means attacked and injured by an animal such as a lion or tiger. In its figurative sense, which is how I have used it in this sentence, it means personally attacked with critical comment.
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Meaning of "get savaged" #3 (permalink) Tue Feb 14, 2006 17:20 pm   Meaning of "get savaged"
 

Why "get torn" is not appropriate?
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Get savaged #4 (permalink) Tue Feb 14, 2006 19:49 pm   Get savaged
 

Hi Vitaly,

Get torn isn't usually used in a metaphorical sense in the same way as get savaged is.

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