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    Hello,
    I need your help for the meaning of this expression.
    Here is the dialog :
    Beth : You want some breakfast ? I can make you some eggs or cereal. I have pretty much everything.
    Ben : No thanks I'm not really hungry, I wouldn't make you do that anyway. All those years you (I heard she) could make a mean cold shot you didn't have to set an alarm for. (Ben looks sad at this point)
    Beth : So how is Seushi ?

    Does that mean that Ben is speaking about his ex wife who didn't cook well or didn't want to prepare his breakfast ?
    NB : Actually Ben divorced.

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    To me, a shot is a drink of spirits, to be drunk fast normally. A mean, cold shot, would make sense with the connection to not needing an alarm clock, but I can't really figure out much more than this. There may be another meaning to the term that I am unfamiliar with.

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    Thank you for your answer, Tdol.

    Wow this one seems very complex. I don't see the pertinence of this sentence in the dialog. Beth is offering her help to make the breakfast and, according to you, Ben seems to speak about his ex-wife and her problem with alcohol... (she is an alcoholic actually.) So he would say that she awaked with a drink so strong that she didn't need any alarm clock ? If your are right, the purpose of the sentence would be to compare the healthy habits of Beth with the alcoholism of his ex wife ? I have the feeling that this sentence is completely irrelevant...

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    Polaris, where's the dialogue taken from?

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    If she is an alcoholic, then it makes more sense to me, though not complete sense. Beth wants to make breakfast, which is controlled by the alarm clock, but his ex-wife was good at drinks- it sounds as if he's just feeling sorry for himself.

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    It's an odd phrase 'cold shot'. My first thought -given the topic is about making someone breakfast - was that 'cold shot' meant a cold look; i.e., a stare that said, 'Make your own damn breakfast!'

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    Default Re: a mean cold shot

    You obviously don't drink vodka for breakfast.

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    This dialog is taken from a script of an american sitcom. My job is to translate the elucubrations of brilliant, wacko Angelenos so called scenarists completely devoted to urban english...

    Casiopea, I like your interpretation of "cold shot" as "cold look", which could replace the breakfast prepared by a loving wife. So far, the meaning of "all those years she could make a mean cold shot you didn't have to set an alarm for" could be :

    "All those years she could make you a mean cold look, which awaked you as an alarm clock, instead of a breakfast"

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    "All those years she could drink a very strong drink that awaked her as an alarm clock, instead of eating a breakfast".

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