brandished the bureaucratic label

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Salavat

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Russian
Could you give me a definition of the frase?

The passage was about the university students.
This was from the following sentence: "But the counselor was threatening to cut off state funding for those who did not follow her instructions. And to justify the eviction of the two men, she brandished the bureaucratic label of "infeasible" for work."
The book title is "No pity: People with disabilities forging a new civil rights movement."

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  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    The description is emotive and the words "brandished", and "label" are both used figuratively: "bureaucratic" is used negatively.

    "And to justify the eviction of the two men, she brandished the bureaucratic label of "infeasible" for work." = "And to justify the eviction of the two men, she categorised [them] triumphantly under the official term of "infeasible" for work."

    To brandish = figurative: "to use in an ostentatious manner"
    Bureaucratic = official but unsympathetic
    Label = figurative: term; heading; category

    All of the words are negative.
     
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