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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:54:26 AM
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We managed to walk over the problem.

Is "walk over" correctly used to mean "solve"?

Thanks.
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 10:37:10 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
We managed to walk over the problem.

Is "walk over" correctly used to mean "solve"?

Thanks.


It's not a term I'm familiar with. I've heard "walk through" a problem to find a solution, but not "walk over". Perhaps someone simply misspoke?


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RuthP
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:09:37 PM

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I agree with FounDit. Consider whether the speaker or writer is a native English speaker. If not, I would think the word choice is in error, and "walk through" is what was meant.

The only other thing I could think of, and would probably need a better background knowledge of what had been happening than you would have in this document alone, is that the speaker (writer) is talking about a very difficult situation, with a problem which has not yet been resolved. Likely there are two or more entrenched opinions and a compromise has not been managed. In this case, in the context of getting on with other business, one might "walk over" the intractable problem (i.e. pass it by without dealing with that problem) and manage to find a meeting of the minds or at least some course of action on other things.

In this case, it would mean "avoid" the problem.
Romany
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 12:50:54 PM
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The other idea I had was that the person was employing the collocation "walk-over" incorrectly?

"Solving the problem was a walk-over"?

I know it's a stretch but so is each meaning we try to attach to it.
renee talley 1
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 6:29:03 PM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
We managed to walk over the problem.

Is "walk over" correctly used to mean "solve"?

Thanks.
As we were going to walk over a different route to the store a thought reoccurred to us to walk over and we figure that slowly getting to know the unfamiliar territory we'll know when we can be safe to walk over to the store without any problems.Think d'oh! Anxious Drool
RuthP
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 7:22:16 PM

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Romany wrote:
The other idea I had was that the person was employing the collocation "walk-over" incorrectly?

"Solving the problem was a walk-over"?

I know it's a stretch but so is each meaning we try to attach to it.

Ooh. I like it! I hadn't thought of that possibility.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 9:35:50 AM
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I slept in to-day till 1.30pm (Oh, I needed it sooo badly!) which cleared my mind a little.

Wouldn't the sentence make perfect sense if it was merely a typo: "We managed to Talk over the problem." ?
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