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The construction of a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point was put in doubt, then given the go-ahead; a new runway at Heathrow airport was all but agreed on, then deferred until a parliamentary vote next year. “Just-about-managing” households were the prime minister’s lodestar for a week or so, then dropped. So were suggestions that Britain would seek a transitional deal with the EU after Brexit—until they were recirculated a few weeks later when Mrs May apparently changed her mind once again

Does it mean "to circulate again"?

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21713837-after-six-months-what-new-prime-minister-stands-still-unclearperhaps-even

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    Most English dictionaries include example sentences in which a given word is used. Can you tell us which of these dictionaries you have consulted? – P. E. Dant Jun 18 '17 at 8:36
  • @P.E.Dant dictionary.com/browse/recirculated I searched for "recirculated" but somehow I got "circulate" – jack bang Jun 18 '17 at 8:42
  • You have to read the entire entry; for instance, the section entitled Examples from the Web for recirculated contains usages similar to yours. – P. E. Dant Jun 18 '17 at 8:47
  • @P.E.Dant I read it and my guess is that it means the suggestions became known by many people. is that right? – jack bang Jun 18 '17 at 8:54
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    No, that's not what it means. The examples are there to demonstrate the ways and contexts in which the word is used in English. I'm sure there are similar dictionaries, with similar examples, in your native language. English dictionaries are exactly the same. Read and understand the examples, and you will better understand the ways in which English speakers use a given word. – P. E. Dant Jun 18 '17 at 9:09
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I've added additional context to the excerpt to explain the sentence that begins "So were", which means "In the same way were ..." or "So too were".

The nuclear plant was put in doubt then given the go-ahead.

The new runway was all but agreed on, then deferred.

An initiative dubbed "Just-about-managing* was the lodestar for a week then dropped.

The sentence that begins "So were" follows directly upon the word dropped, and thus "So were" means "Also dropped were".

When a sentence begins with So where the conjunction means "in the same way, in similar manner" (and not "for that reason"), there is subject-verb inversion, and thus the subject of the sentence is suggestions. So too were suggestions dropped. Which suggestions? Suggestions that Britain would seek a transitional deal with the EU after Brexit.

The author is using the word recirculated (loosely) to refer to that pattern of advancing initiatives and then backing away from them, and reinvigorating moribund initiatives.

  • So it could be said that the suggestions were reinvigorated after abandoned after all? – jack bang Jun 18 '17 at 11:37
  • Yes, the suggestions to strike a deal with the EU, which had been dropped, were then advanced once again. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 18 '17 at 11:56

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