One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Attach (something that has fallen or been taken off) in its former position.
- ‘Her disapproval silenced Margaret's urge to ask the woman for help reattaching her fingertip; though it was life threatening, it was also embarrassing.’
- ‘I crawled underneath the car and, using fencing wire, reattached the exhaust manifold.’
- ‘Though it didn't look like anyone would be reattaching it any time soon.’
- ‘In the conversion process, one rail was lifted and shifted across the necessary 165 mm before being reattached to the sleepers.’
- ‘His procedure involves dividing the stomach in two and then reattaching it in different areas.’
- ‘So after waiting for the stragglers, those conductors stuck with either the less agile or newer drivers who hadn't yet perfected the skills necessary to reattach their lines so that they would actually stay there, we were off.’
- ‘With surgery or laser treatment, doctors often can reattach the retina.’
- ‘Bringham smirked and reattached the rope to his belt.’
- ‘Shaun disconnected the last of the oxygen recycler hoses and began reattaching them to a portable oxygen recycling unit that he had modified to recirculate a chloral hydrate mix.’
- ‘Only I washed it yesterday and hadn't reattached the belt so couldn't tie it up.’
- ‘The question is, how do you reattach neighbourhood to neighbourhood?’
- ‘But all that stuff did make it difficult for shade-tree mechanics, who always ended up with 16 vacuum hoses and no idea where to reattach them.’
- ‘So now I have to replace the new unit with the old unit, reattach the plugs with electrical tape, and take the thing in for repairs.’
- ‘Insert the new LCD and reattach the contact ribbon.’
- ‘I put them back in the packages and reattached the old phone.’
- ‘Doctors told her it could not be reattached, and she does not know what happened to it after that, lawyer Philip Sheldon said.’
- ‘Doctors at Glasgow's Southern General Hospital, where McKissock was treated, told him they would be unable to reattach his finger because too much time had passed.’
- ‘But medical experts say reattaching a finger generally must be done within hours.’
- ‘I was trying to reattach a wiper blade at the time and I thought he might have thought I was vandalising the car.’
- ‘There were injuries, the most recent requiring both her hamstrings to be reattached to the bone by metal screws.’
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