To have fallen short in such knowledge would have meant being branded either as ill-bred, or as a stranger; and strangers were not admitted to familiar intercourse or councils, or confidences.
Had it truly been so, it would have meant a black mark against him, perhaps discharge and the outlook for an unemployed man is bitter just at present.
For they would mean loss of money, which is desirable, loss of fame which is universally held to be agreeable, and censure and ridicule which are by no means negligible.
If we had had any more rain it would have meant going round by the Rocky Waterhole, and that’s far from being a part of the country that I care about.
Moreover, if by chance she was recognised through any possible disguise, such a thing would mean the asking of leading questions.
Once again my brain began to worry after something that would have meant something if it had been properly spelled.
He appeared to hesitate: for a moment it seemed as if he were going straight on, which would mean fresh uncertainty.
They have a horror of speculation, and shrink from taking risks and making ventures, the failure of which would mean loss or ruin to others.
It was dark, but to light a match would mean death instantly, and without the match it must be death by suffocation and poison of gas in a very few minutes.
Any improvement would mean less crowding, and hence less profit.