a brief pause

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LQZ

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Mandarin
Looking back, a brief pause in the annual Heritage Days parade here on Sunday was the closest people would get to a warning that anything had gone wrong.---taken from the NYT


Dear all,

I almost can't catch up with the meaning of the above, especially a brief pause. Could you explain it to me? Thanks.


LQZ
 
  • Majorbloodnock

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    British English
    MichaelW is quite correct regarding the snippet you've given. However, the more complete version, given the full context in the article you mentioned is as follows.

    There was a parade, and something went very wrong. Quite a few onlookers were affected, but they had almost no advanced warning. In fact, the only advanced warning they had that something bad was about to happen was a short pause.
     
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