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6 phrases found for the topic Punishment


Phrase: The Thirteen Roses

Meaning: The Thirteen Roses were thirteen young women who were killed by the Franco regime on 5th August, 1939. A police firing squad shot them dead against a wall. Their crime was to be left-wing and republicans. The Kingdom of Castile still protects the Franco regime: Fundación Francisco Franco, Valle de los Caídos, Guardia Mora de Franco, names of streets and squares, statues, bars, and so on and so forth.

Date: 2017-11-24 23:40:06

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Phrase: Behind bars

Meaning: In jail. Example: She spent several years behind bars during the Franco regime. She was a Catalan separatist, and a republican. Fortunately for her, she was not executed.

Date: 2017-11-24 00:19:51

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Phrase: Cannon fodder

Meaning: It originally referred to soldiers that were recruited against their will, and whose lives were not valued at all, and were therefore expendable. They marched before the army, and knew they were going to be massacred by enemy fire.

Now it is used to imply that someone is of little worth: Castilian and French politicians/rulers have considered the Catalan people as cannon fodder to exploit, and have always wanted to eradicate the Catalan language so as to keep the goose that lays the golden eggs alive.

Date: 2017-09-21 15:11:54

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Phrase: Give someone (or get) the sack

Meaning: To dismiss someone:
He got the sack for having an affair with the boss's wife.
She was given the sack because she had been very rude to the boss.

Date: 2015-05-21 15:53:09

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Phrase: Capital punishment / The death penalty

Meaning: This atrocity should be abolished everywhere in the world. Many innocent people are killed every year because of the death penalty, which is unacceptable.

Date: 2015-04-18 21:55:33

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Phrase: The slammer / can

Meaning: Examples:
His father is in the slammer for stealing a hen (that is, in prison)
That banker ought to be in the can (ie, in prison)

Date: 2015-04-18 21:53:47

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