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We stopped at Lowry’s and bought Mrs. Fitzgerald a tin of shortbread, to make up for the fact that we still hadn’t found her purse. Big mistake: that generation is compulsively competitive about generosity, and the biscuits meant she had to get a bag of scones out of the freezer and defrost them in the microwave and butter them and decant jam into a battered little dish

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Hasibul Alamcompulsively competitive about generosity

compulsive: determined, obsessive (She absolutely had to do this. She was neurotic about it.)

competitive: acting like everything is a contest. (She felt she had to win. Nothing would stop her from winning.)

generosity: being kind and caring (She felt nobody was going to do her any favors unless she could do a bigger favor for them. If they did a bigger favor for her than she did for them, she would be the loser in the "generosity contest", so she refused to let that happen.)

CJ

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I know each and every word meaning but can not catch the whole understanding of the highlighted portion. please simplify the sentence

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She felt nobody was going to do her any favors unless she could do a bigger favor for them. If they did a bigger favor for her than she did for them, she would be the loser in the "generosity contest", so she refused to let that happen.

CJ

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