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    Default meaning of "it takes us both out of it"

    Hi, my question comes from the series "Six Feet Under".
    In season 2 episode 1, a woman named Branda is serving a male client with a shiatsu. Here's their conversation:
    Client:
    Do I seem more tense than usual?
    Branda:
    You're not supposed to talk, remember?
    It takes us both out of it.
    The only conversation is between your body and my hands.
    Client:
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but we're on my dime here.
    I discovered one of the worst things about selling 3 million books...
    is constantly feeling like I have to apologize for it, you know?
    Here's my question:
    What is the meaning of "it takes us both out of it" and "we're on my dime here"?
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: meaning of "it takes us both out of it"

    Hi

    [1] "it takes us both out of it"
    => If the client stops talking then that takes her/him out of the conversation. In other words, no one will be talking. There will be silence, and for some people silence can be awkward.

    [2] "we're on my dime here"
    => The client is paying for a service and so feels it's OK to do whatever s/he wants to do.

    Note
    Brenda, not Branda

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    Default Re: meaning of "it takes us both out of it"

    Just a bit of background for the idiom of "we're on my dime"...

    In the US and Canada, a dime is a coin worth ten cents. For many, many years, that was the standard cost of a telephone call. Many idioms or expressions resulted; for example, to "drop a dime" on someone, slang for reporting on someone or reporting their illegal activity to law enforcement. Also, "it's my dime," I'm paying for this phone call, let me do the talking.


    More information than you wanted, probably....

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    Default Re: meaning of "it takes us both out of it"

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Hi
    [1] "it takes us both out of it"
    => If the client stops talking then that takes her/him out of the conversation. In other words, no one will be talking. There will be silence, and for some people silence can be awkward.
    [2] "we're on my dime here"
    => The client is paying for a service and so feels it's OK to do whatever s/he wants to do.
    Note
    Brenda, not Branda
    Well, I think 'it takes us both out of it' refers to the fact that if the client is talking then he is not concentrating on the massage he is receiving - it 'takes him out of' the experience he is supposed to be having. Likewise, the masseur will feel obliged to respond, and that takes her 'out of the experience' of concentrating on providing the service.

    As Cas and Ouisch said, 'we're on my dime' means 'I'm paying for this - we'll do what I want'. I'd point out that this is strong American English - it would never be used by native speakers outside North America, and you might find a large minority wouldn't understand it. A British English speaker would probably use an expression like 'We're on my time now' in similar circumstances.

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    Default Re: meaning of "it takes us both out of it"

    Correction Thanks Coffa.

    It's Brenda who utters this line, not the client,

    [1] "it takes us both out of it"
    => It (the client speaking) takes us both out of it (the experience).

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    Default Re: meaning of "it takes us both out of it"

    Thanks guys, that's awesome

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    Default Re: meaning of "it takes us both out of it"

    You're most welcome, eliang.

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