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meaning of drain #1 (permalink) Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:31 am   meaning of drain
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #99 "The Parliamentary Candidate (2)", question 2

Man's voice: Oh, good morning. I want to warn you about a bomb...
Henry: A bomb? Where? Hello! We've been ......... off. Operator! Operator! Operator!

(a) cut
(b) severed
(c) removed
(d) drained

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #99 "The Parliamentary Candidate (2)", answer 2

Man's voice: Oh, good morning. I want to warn you about a bomb...
Henry: A bomb? Where? Hello! We've been cut off. Operator! Operator! Operator!

Correct answer: (a) cut
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meaning of drain #2 (permalink) Thu Jan 25, 2007 12:14 pm   meaning of drain
 

drain (REMOVE LIQUID)
verb [I or T]
If you drain something, you remove the liquid from it, usually by pouring it away or allowing it to flow away, and if something drains, liquid flows away or out of it:
Drain the pasta thoroughly.
We drained the pond and filled it with fresh water.
Drain (off) any liquid that is left in the rice.
Don't bother drying the pans - just leave them to drain
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http://dictionary.cambridge.org/results.asp?searchword=drained
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meaning of drain #3 (permalink) Mon Dec 10, 2012 20:52 pm   meaning of drain
 

I didn`t understand what means cut off, Conchita. Please, give me your explanation about, if possible.
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meaning of drain #4 (permalink) Mon Dec 10, 2012 21:01 pm   meaning of drain
 

"We've been cut off" refers to the telephone conversation.

In this case 'cut off' is used to describe what happens when a telephone call is unexpectedly terminated because of some sort of fault.
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Re: meaning of drain #5 (permalink) Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:03 am   Re: meaning of drain
 

Igel wrote:
what is drained?

Also your wife can drain your checking account if you're not careful enough. =)

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/drain
(definition 4.a)
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meaning of drain #6 (permalink) Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:53 am   meaning of drain
 

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Hi OTS,

Interesting point, said I think with feeling! You can also be drained of ideas, which is what I felt some 10 years ago when I was writing the initial batch of tests for our site and had reached round about test. number 340.

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meaning of drain #7 (permalink) Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:27 am   meaning of drain
 

Hi Alan,
Thanks!
I too sometimes find myself drained of ideas at work.
Alan wrote:
Interesting point, said I think with feeling!

Nope, I've never been married to begin with, nor have I been taken for any sum of money by my significant other. Hehe.
But I've witnessed a plethora of such cases, primarily in cheesy movies.
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meaning of drain #8 (permalink) Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:43 am   meaning of drain
 

Our Tort System - I was looking at some old posts to try to figure out where you live and came across this gem - hilarious!

Nabilchamlal wrote:
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Then the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary is wrong and you are wright.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/test-sth-out#test-sth-out__2
What was the dictionary that you writ and I donít know about it?

A nickel's worth of free advice:
Writing "wright" for "right" and "writ" for "God knows what you meant by that" doesn't add any credibility to your words, nor does it create any confidence in my mind that your contention is a valid one. I know you're doing it on purpose, but it won't get you anywhere in an argument, it only does you a disservice. Before you dismiss my words, give them some cogitation.
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meaning of drain #9 (permalink) Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:45 pm   meaning of drain
 

Luschen wrote:
Our Tort System - I was looking at some old posts to try to figure out where you live and came across this gem - hilarious!

I know my writing probably isn't going to win me the Pulitser Prize :))
Mind telling me which mistake you find most hillarious?
(I'm just a learner, so go easy on me)

PS:In hindsight, I admit it was stupid of me to use those highfalutin words in my piece. Now that you've brought it up, I reread it and chuckle to myself. But at that time I wanted to practice using them (cogitation), hehe.
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meaning of drain #10 (permalink) Mon Dec 17, 2012 13:56 pm   meaning of drain
 

No, OTS, you used the words correctly, and very effectively. It's just that the line " 'writ' for 'God knows what you meant by that' " is very funny. Cogitation was the perfect word there, funny too!
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meaning of drain #11 (permalink) Mon Dec 17, 2012 14:07 pm   meaning of drain
 

Luschen wrote:
No, OTS, you used the words correctly, and very effectively. It's just that the line " 'writ' for 'God knows what you meant by that' " is very funny. Cogitation was the perfect word there, funny too!

Oh, thanks!
I shouldn't sell myself too short, I guess. :)
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