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What's "manning" mean? Does it have to do something with "man?"

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Rebecca

A little bit. The meaning of "manning" is derived from having a "man" (old word for any person) doing a particular job or being at a particular place. The verb "to man" means that someone (usually a worker) is operating a piece of equipment or is working at a particular place as part of a process. It can also be used in a military context when one is operating a large piece of equipment or is responsible for maintaining a defensive position. Ex: When I worked at a fast-food restaurant, I was manning the deep frier. Ex: Some members of our team are sick today, I need one of you to man the customer support desk.

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