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What literary device is used in "I am in the mood for dying"?

The words highlighted aren't really an idiom. Given the limited context, it seems literal - the speaker has a deathwish. People want to die (or say they do) for numerous reasons. In this case, it ...
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What does the phrase "I fish hold of it" mean, in the novel "All Quiet on the Western Front"?

"I fish hold of it" means "I fish to catch hold of it" You can catch a fish, and you can also catch an object. Catch > to take hold of something, especially something that is ...
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What does the phrase "I fish hold of it" mean, in the novel "All Quiet on the Western Front"?

Almost all of the English editions are using the 1929 translation by A. W. Wheen, in which this passage reads: He has buried his face in his hands, his helmet has fallen off. I fish hold of it and ...
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What does the phrase "I fish hold of it" mean, in the novel "All Quiet on the Western Front"?

"Fish hold of" is unidiomatic as a verb — I can't find another source in Google Books that uses it. It seems like it's some combination of "fish for" (NOAD: "search, typically ...
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What does the phrase "I fish hold of it" mean, in the novel "All Quiet on the Western Front"?

There is no such expression in English. This is an unusual translation from the original German Ich fische ihn heran I would have translated this as "I fish it up", but the translator went ...
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What does the phrase "I fish hold of it" mean, in the novel "All Quiet on the Western Front"?

"To fish hold of" something means to pick it up. Often it implies that the object may be in an awkward place so some effort may be needed. It is a BrE colloquial expression. This passage ...

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