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Offline davel

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Fold in
« on: March 20, 2017, 03:42:40 pm »
Can this phrasal verb be used in a non-culinary sense? The standard definition seems to be when you add an ingredient slowly, such as when preparing batter for a cake and you introduce a new ingredient into the mixture steadily but in small amounts. However, I am fond of using "fold in" when I take wording from one document and I place it into another document, particularly when it is not a direct copy and paste but rather some parts go in one section and other parts in another section. A colleague throws her hands in the air in despair when I use "fold in" in this sense, however.
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Re: Fold in
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 04:29:37 pm »
I must admit that is strange to my ears.
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Re: Fold in
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 11:15:55 pm »
Mine too. But hey, a few years ago cut and paste was something you did with wallpaper. New terminology emerges all the time. You may have started a trend.

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Re: Fold in
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 11:04:12 am »
Found this:

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fold something in/into something to combine things that were previously separate so they can be dealt with together

The bill would fold three agencies into the State Department in a cost-saving plan.
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/dictionary/american/fold-in

Alternatively, you could use "integrate" or "incorporate" instead.
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Re: Fold in
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2017, 12:31:04 pm »
Many thanks to you all for your replies. Perhaps it is an Americanism that still comes out sometimes when I speak or write.
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