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A guy dies and someone says: He left a lot of damage in his wake.
Does that mean that when the dead guy was still alive he was leaving a lot of damage?
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It means that while he was alive he did damage, and that now he is dead the damage is still affecting other people.

"in his wake" comes from sailing. A boat moving through the water leaves marks in the water which is called "the wake". http://tinyurl.com/5hfwgb
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Hi,

A guy dies and someone says: He left a lot of damage in his wake.



Does that mean that when the dead guy was still alive he was leaving a lot of damage?

Yes, that's the idea. He left a lot of damage behind him as he travelled through life.

The image is that of a ship sailing through the ocean, leaving behind a wake, ie a trail in the water as it passes.

Best wishes, Clive
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But it doesn't always mean that the person who did it is already dead right??

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