Nothing can beat a hose for sheer volume of water!

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  • owlman5

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    English-US
    It means that it is easy to soak something or somebody with a lot of water if you use a hose, princeofdarkness. "Volume of water" refers to the amount of water that comes through the hose.
     

    princeofdarkness

    Banned
    Russian - Russia
    Thanks. Actually, I knew what "volume of water" meant. However, I couldn't figure out what "for" meant here. In fact, that's the only thing that was giving me trouble.
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Thanks for taking the time to explain more clearly what you wanted to know. "Nothing can beat X for Y" is a common formula in English. "Y" is some advantage that "X" produces or offers.
     

    Language Hound

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    American English
    As Owlman says, "Nothing can beat X for Y" is a common formula.
    If you're having trouble with "for," maybe it would be easier to understand this way:
    Nothing can beat a hose in terms of/with regard to sheer volume of water.
     
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