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    Default be got at & records by mile?

    'Anglea is not what she seems. Her surname's not Russo, it's Moretto. That's why you couldn't get the information, Marina. The files have been got at.'


    'But that's only for short periods of time, for babies or kids in crisis situations. And it's overseen by the bureaucrats, two separate government departments and records by the mile, the same with adoption.'

    What do the underlined phrases mean? I can't guess from the context.

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    Default Re: be got at & records by mile?

    Quote Originally Posted by iemmahu View Post
    'Anglea is not what she seems. Her surname's not Russo, it's Moretto. That's why you couldn't get the information, Marina. The files have been got at.'


    'But that's only for short periods of time, for babies or kids in crisis situations. And it's overseen by the bureaucrats, two separate government departments and records by the mile, the same with adoption.'

    What do the underlined phrases mean? I can't guess from the context.

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    The first, "been got at" means "been tampered with or sabotaged in some way" this is an example of the phrasal verb "to get at". The second, "records by the mile" means "miles of records" in other words a large quantity of records.

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