His arm took in the devastation

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ShareisBeauty

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Chinese
When it reached them, an officer, an English public schoolboy, leaned over his rolled-down window and addressed the little group. His arm took in the devastation, the ruined buildings, the teetering masonry.(A.N. Wilson After the Victorians )

Q: "His arm took in" means he swept his arm to include all the riuned wreckage in front of his eyes to accompany what he said?
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  • MrMuselk

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    English - South East England
    I’m not sure. I’ve seen the of usage “took in” in that sense, but never have I heard of “his arm took in” used in this way. If he had felt something with his arm, such as heat it, could be, but probably not.
     

    MrMuselk

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    English - South East England
    Yes, now I think of it, while he addressed the group, he swept his arm to gesture towards the wreckage, as a politician would do at a speech.
     
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