It may work <here and there>, but not as a general thing


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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 443, chapter 19) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Mellors wrote to Connie, saying the pits were working badly, but the miners didn't want to change the world. And they talked about nationalization of the whole coal industry.…)

But you can’t nationalize coal and leave all the other industries as they are. They talk about putting coal to new uses, like Sir Clifford is trying to do. It may work here and there, but not as a general thing. I doubt.

I understand it may work here and there, but not as a general thing to be in some places(=here and there) it may work, but it doesn't work in every place.

Is that right please?
Thank you in advance
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    I fail to see what other interpretation would be possible. Here and there is a set expression meaning "in a few isolated cases".
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