Another Diy Project

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  1. Von Jones

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    What does this mean?
     
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    It means a place to get a firm grip.

    This is the classic use of the word:
    -The rear wheels of the truck spun, trying to gain a purchase in the mud.

    I also use it in this sense, but I'm not certain it's grammatically correct:
    -The citizen flailed in her conversation with the politician, unable to find a place to get an honest purchase.

    I might be taking liberties with the language on that second one. Maybe others can chime in.
     
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    I have read "purchase" used in that way but never used it. You could get a grip on yourself or you could get a purchase on yourself.
     
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    I use it to make a point when referring to deceitful people..."No place to get an honest purchase."
    I find it to be a better descriptor of what they are rather than how they behave.
     
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    The grab handle you constructed reminds me of the grab bar in my shower, and it would be appropriate for a church since that is where people go to wash away their sins.
     
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    That's pretty funny.

    I avoided the stuff that looked like it belonged in a shower, but it might have been the more appropriate choice.
     
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