a great deal of flourishing about


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In a letter to a friend, A. Lincoln wrote : "There is a great deal of flourishing about in carriages here, which it would be your doom to see without sharing in it". I don't understand why he'w writing "flourishing about" – Does this sentence mean simply : "there is a lot of carriages, and you wouldn't like not to have one"…
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  • AnnieF

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    English - British
    No, his meaning is more that people show off by riding around (ostentatiously) in carriages, and that anyone who does not do so would not be looked upon favourably by 'society'.
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