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EdwinT

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Chinese
In the 1951 "Alice in Wonderland" movie, the doorknob asks Alice to drink from a bottle on the table. There's a note attached to the bottle saying "Drink Me", and Alice says:

"Better look first, for if one drinks much from a bottle marked 'poison,', it's almost certain to disagree with one sooner or later."

The doorknob says "Beg your pardon?", and Alice says "I was just giving myself some good advice."

So what does the word "disagree" mean in this context?
 
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    'Cause physical discomfort or ill effect', according to our WR dictionary. That uses the example of oysters disagreeing with you, but poison will also do it, as Alice knew.
     
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