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Poundin' their tail
Diction: The writer's word choice Meaning: To Work Hard
George is telling Lennie that the ranch life is lonely and that they don't have anyone. They go from ranch to ranch working hard and when they their money they waste then they havto work hard after they wasted it.
Connotation : Today the phrase "Poundin' their tail" has a different meaning than back in the 1930's. Back then it was more about farming and just getting by , today their are still some farmers and people who still struggle to get by but more people in offices
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