What is the meaning of "Very" in this sentence:

He started flailing professionally and found out how hard it is to deal with the very treatment he himself once dished out.

  • "Flailing professionally"? O_o Could it be "failing"? Mar 6, 2016 at 19:31
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    very is used for emphasis in the sentence. He found out how it is to deal with the treatment - not any other, but the exact treatment that he himself once dished out. vocabulary.com/dictionary/very, dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/very#british-1-2-1
    – MAKZ
    Mar 6, 2016 at 19:34
  • @CowperKettle Possibly flail - flounder; struggle uselessly. "I was flailing about in the water.", though I didn't check the linked article.
    – user3169
    Mar 6, 2016 at 19:48
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    The word very has been used in the sentence to emphasize the noun treatment; it conveys the sense of exact or the same.
    – Khan
    Mar 6, 2016 at 20:11
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    I'm voting to close this as a question answerable from any dictionary. Mar 6, 2016 at 21:29

1 Answer 1


In your excerpt

the very treatment

is a shorter way to say

the very same treatment

as he himself once dished out

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