[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] to metal detect

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 18 12:01:37 EST 2017


Just to clarify: the definition I proffered was meant to gloss this
specific occurrence only.  It was not intended to be comprehensive.

JL

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 10:51 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> That’s my intuition too, and there are G-hits for the non-success use, e.g.
>
> The FBI messengered me a very cool sticker for my dashboard, which gave me
> access to the estate. The evening of the event, I drove past eight hundred
> cute police and several thousand secret service agents posing as secret
> service agents, on my way to the valet parker. My purse was searched, I was
> metal detected and boom - I was in.
> http://www.songmd.com/col_hill-bill-molly.shtml
>
> Of course if we parse the verb as “detect whether there’s any metal (on)”
> or “detect any metal there might be (on)”, it is a success verb…
>
> LH
>
> > On Jan 18, 2017, at 10:40 AM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
> RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
> >
> > Although in this case, actual metal may have been detected, I don't
> think that the verb phrase "metal detect" actually needs to imply success.
> I have on occasion been at airport gates where TSA metal detected me, when
> I had no metal on my person.
> >
> >>
> >> 2017 _Curse of Oak Island_ (History Channel TV) (Jan. 17):
> >> "They went down there, they metal detected, they tried to repeat the
> metal detection."
> >>
> >> 'To detect metal successfully through use of a metal detector.'
> >>
> >
> >
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