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Hi guys,

I apologize for my frequent posts, but english still suprises me...Emotion: crying Please what does it mean if I say to someone "man those phones..." Again, I didn't have a problem with finding of the examples....

- Man those phones even if you have to do it at lunch time. Richardson's office number is: (505) 476-2200.

- It's a 24-hour toll-free helpline, and the people who man those phones can help you report what's happening to the proper authorities in your state....



- I want to thank you for what you're fixing to do, which is man those phones, put up the signs and turn out a huge vote.

thank you in advance....Maybe ...people who man those phones....means people who operates those phones / people who picks up those phones....But why is here used the word "man"????

regards

JCD

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yes, man means prepare to operate:

–verb (used with object)

21.to furnish with men, as for service or defense.
22.to take one's place for service, as at a gun or post: to man the ramparts.
23.to strengthen, fortify, or brace; steel: to man oneself for the dangers ahead.


Now, what is your question, JC?
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JCDentonThanks Mr.M. You already answered my question..Please where did you find that man means prepare to operate??? Yesterday, I was desperate with finding of the meaning of this phrase...:-(

But thanks again...:-)

To man something = provide (a place or machine) with the personnel to run, operate, or defend it. [Compact Oxford English Dictionary]
Etymologically >> c.1122, "to furnish (a fort, ship, etc.) with a company of men," from [noun] man. Meaning "to take up a designated position on a ship" is first recorded 1697.
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Thanks Mr.M. You already answered my question....Please where did you find that man means prepare to operate??? Yesterday, I was desperate with finding of the meaning of this phrase...:-(

But thanks again...:-)
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