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does"beyond the pale"mean "acceptable?"

“I work on a completely different level,” said Alison. “John uses the typing pool. I have nothing to do with him at work.”
“Yet romance blossomed across secretarial rank and floors?”
She met his facetiousness with more disdainful silence. She seemed to see Strike as intrinsically offensive, somebody undeserving of manners, beyond the pale.
The hostel worker stood alone in a corner, helping himself to sandwiches, palpably killing time until he could decently leave. Robin emerged from the Ladies, and was instantly suborned by Bristow, who seemed eager for assistance in coping with Aunt Winifred.

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    Hi May,

    "beyond the pale" is an expression that means unacceptable, outside of social norms or boundaries.

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