An interesting way of expressing a failure

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 22 20:42:17 UTC 2009

I see your analysis, but couldn't "stay out" mean "stay out in the field /
on the road"? Which is where a sales force works, after all.

m a m

On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 4:29 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

> From letters to the editor of ZDNet:
> "We _tried out_ [minicomputers] with our sales force and _not one of
> them stayed out_."

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