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Ben pan

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chinese
What does "mother stock" generally mean? Is it interchangable with matrix, or it can only be used specifically in math and other specific fields? Can someone give an example of using it figuratively?
 
  • Ben pan

    Senior Member
    chinese
    I`ve forgotten providing the related context, sorry for that! I saw the expression " rakeing out new things of the mother stock" in an English translation of a Chinese classic whcih was made by an American profesor who came to America in his later thirties. I think what he wanted to put into this phrase was an old idiom in Chinese which I think is to be literally rendered as going back to the matrix to dig out new things.
     
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    Beryl from Northallerton

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    British English
    I'm not familiar with 'the mother stock', and 'going back to the matrix' similarly fails to speak to me. Maybe someone here will find one of them meaningful.
     
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