A good hiding transcends the divides of age

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redgiant

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Cantonese, Hong Kong
"Isn't this the girl who beat up your brother in school, Anderl?" a young leader says. Word had certainly made its way around . A good hiding transcends the divides of age. "I think so", another boy says.

Source: The Book Thief

Hello, how do you understand the highlighted sentence? The girl can't hide the incident (beat up a brother in school) from the teenage? Thanks
 
  • Majorbloodnock

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    British English
    One of the meanings of "hide" is skin. An elephant, for instance, has a thick hide.

    In colloquial English, to be given a "hiding" is to be smacked hard (probably several times), especially across the buttocks, either with someone's hand or with a cane. More recently, the term has come to be used to describe someone being beaten up badly in a fist fight.

    The example you've given suggests that the news of someone being beaten up is enough to cross the social barriers of age, so that adults get to hear about it too.
     

    redgiant

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    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    One of the meanings of "hide" is skin. An elephant, for instance, has a thick hide.

    In colloquial English, to be given a "hiding" is to be smacked hard (probably several times), especially across the buttocks, either with someone's hand or with a cane. More recently, the term has come to be used to describe someone being beaten up badly in a fist fight.

    The example you've given suggests that the news of someone being beaten up is enough to cross the social barriers of age, so that adults get to hear about it too.
    I should have looked up "hiding" in the dictionary. Thanks again~
     
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