One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Highly skilled or trained.
- ‘Wood's character of him is, that he was an exact mathematician, a curious calculator of nativities, a general read scholar, a thorough-paced philologist, and one that understood the surveying of lands well.’
- 1.1 Absolute (used to emphasize the degree to which someone or something exemplifies a characteristic).
- ‘A thorough-paced antiquary not only remembers what all other people have thought proper to forget, but he also forgets what all other people think is proper to remember.’
- ‘A dearth of general information is almost necessary to the thorough-paced coffee-house politician; in the absence of thought, imagination, sentiment, he is attracted immediately to the nearest commonplace.’
- ‘If they had been thorough-paced worldlings, they would not have sold their possession; and, if they had been thorough-paced Christians, they would not have retained part of the price.’
- ‘Let no one take these remarks for the raillery of scepticism: the thorough-paced sceptic of modern days is just as much carried away by the spirit of prophecy as the dogmatists whom he scoffs at.’
- ‘He was by no means as thorough-paced an old sinner as Fitzgerald would have us believe.’
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