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QP
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:08:51 AM
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Hi friend,

I get confused the the bold sentence, could you please help to explain:-


After the judge sentenced John, John’s head rose slowly, and he met the judge’s gaze.

John: “Screw you,”
Judge: “What did you say?”
John: “I said screw you, and the district attorney, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and this pathetic excuse for a lawyer you dumped on me, and everybody else who had a hand in framing me.” The words spilled out in a crescendo.

Does he mean a lawyer who dumped me to agree with this pathetic offer?

Thank you.
QP
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:29:37 AM

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QP wrote:
Hi friend,

I get confused the the bold sentence, could you please help to explain:-


After the judge sentenced John, John’s head rose slowly, and he met the judge’s gaze.

John: “Screw you,”
Judge: “What did you say?”
John: “I said screw you, and the district attorney, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and this pathetic excuse for a lawyer you dumped on me, and everybody else who had a hand in framing me.” The words spilled out in a crescendo.


Thank you.
QP


If a person can't afford to hire his own lawyer, the court will appoint one to represent him. That lawyer may, or may not, be a very good one, or be interested in being a strong advocate.

In your sentence above, John is saying the lawyer is worthy of contempt; that the lawyer that the judge appointed for him is not a good lawyer. He says the lawyer is not even a "good excuse" for a lawyer, and was simply "dumped" on him by the judge.


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renee talley 1
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 1:07:43 PM
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Think d'oh! Speak to the hand Before I give you my answer to start off bat John was so distraught that his emotions were very negative.
The judge tried to help John to calm down; but didn't exactly calm down. The judge caught John off guard. Since
john wasn't willing to cooperate with the district attorney and the judge; that is how John ended up with the short end of the stick.

"I said screw you, and the district attorney, and the Judge and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation , and this pathetic excuse for a lawyer you dumped on me, and everybody else who had in framing me." The words spilled out in a crescendo.

Also as John looked that the help he needed could have helped him to be in charge with his emotions. Benjamin Franklin stated: God loves those who learn to help themselves.

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NKM
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:28:52 PM

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FounDit's analysis is exactly right.

Renee seems to have missed the point.

thar
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:52:20 PM

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Just to clarify - this is in idiomatic use of 'poor excuse for' to give this specific meaning.

Quote:
a miserable, poor, etc. excuse for sth

a very bad example of something:

It was a miserable excuse for a meal.

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And just for your information, to help you if you want to know about a mistake in your question.
you were confused
the sentence was confusing

You could have a 'confused sentence', if it was very badly written and unintelligible - but that is not the case here. It just contained an idiom you didn't understand.
QP
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:04:24 PM
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Oh! Thank you a lot everyone. I got it, now.
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