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"Shall press you in"? Miss Howard shook hands with a hearty, almost painful, grip. I had an impression of very blue eyes in a sunburnt face. She was a pleasant-looking woman of about forty, with a deep voice, almost manly in its stentorian tones, and had a large sensible square body, with feet to match--these last encased in good thick boots. Her conversation, I soon found, was couched in the telegraphic style. "Weeds grow like house afire. Can\'t keep even with \'em. Shall press you in. Better be careful." Does it mean"the weeding shall wear you off"?
Jun 10, 2015 3:17 AM
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It's slightly odd grammar and vocabulary. And it is not a complete sentence, as you probably know. She's sort of listing how the weeds can affect you. Shall press you in. Here are some other ways to say it: The weeds will press in on you. The weeds will push in on you from all sides. Imagine weeds growing very fast and full all around you. They will press in on you from all sides.
June 10, 2015
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