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    the meaning of adj. FAST

    STEVE: I only need a thousand.
    HIS FATHER: Forget it!
    STEVE:The fact that I'm asking you for money makes you feel I'm dependent on you. It actually ties us together.
    HIS FATHER (SPEAKING TO HIS FRIEND): Fast, huh?
    FATHER'S FRIEND: Chromosomes will tell.
    STEVE: He's got a point. My father gets up-tight when I ask for money
    he steals from other people.

    What is the meaning of "fast" here? -could it be smart, clever, he's got a point...


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    Re: the meaning of adj. FAST

    Hello

    Yes, you're right. It does mean he's clever and he can come up with answers very quickly.

    You can also use "quick-witted".

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    Re: the meaning of adj. FAST

    I wonder (I am not sure) if it doesn't mean that they are tied fast, i.e. firmly fastened to one another, in terms of genes, or maybe dependence on each other (since the friend answered: chromosoms will tell). It is kind of ambiguous.
    Last edited by bianca; 17-Jun-2007 at 11:02.


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    Hi,

    I think, from the little here, that 'fast' does actually mean quick to act, quick witted, a fast thinker. The following retort from the friend is quick too, and implies that the son is quick [ fast] like the father, probably a schemer or artful person.

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    Re: the meaning of adj. FAST

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    I wonder (I am not sure) if it doesn't mean that they are tied fast, i.e. firmly fastened to one another, in terms of genes, or maybe dependence on each other (since the friend answered: chromosoms will tell). It is kind of ambiguous.
    To my understanding, given the limited context, ties us together means makes us related in character. Steve is saying that he is like his father and so his father should trust him and lend him the money. Fast means the ability to think quickly, to be able to persuade someone into doing something they wouldn't normally do, to have the ability to manipulate a situation; e.g., clever, and Steve apparently gets that from his father's DNA: his father's friend points that out here, Chomosomes will tell.

    Does that help?

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    Re: the meaning of adj. FAST

    oh yes, thank you.

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    Re: the meaning of adj. FAST

    You're most welcome.

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    I'm still not sure, though, what ties us together means exactly in that context.


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    Re: the meaning of adj. FAST

    My guess is that "ties us together" is simply a sarcasm. Steve says that his father lending money to him isn't about dependence, it's about father-son bonding.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trisia View Post
    My guess is that "ties us together" is simply a sarcasm. Steve says that his father lending money to him isn't about dependence, it's about father-son bonding.
    It can be sarcasm. It is not possible to determine is it or is it not and to be one hundred percent correct.
    We need more context (I know we say this very often, but it is true... )!

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