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What does "is very much" means in the following sentence? Is it a common usage?

Surprisingly, when I asked my teacher, he was very much for the planned excursion.

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You're not looking for the meaning of "be very much"; you need the meaning of "be very much for", which is an idiom.

To be for something is to be in favor of it, to be an advocate of it, to be a proponent of it.

To modify it with "very much" is what it sounds like: to be particularly strongly or enthusiastically in favor of whatever it is.

In this case, the teacher was surprisingly (to the narrator "I") in favor very strongly of the planned excursion.

  • And to "not be for" something is often to "be against" it. – Joshua Taylor Oct 13 '14 at 11:58

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