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    Has anyone seen the film :" The flight of the Phoenix"?
    In one scence, Kelly asked:
    _Towns, right? I'm Kelly, so how long we got?
    _ Just as long as it takes to the cap as well and get your crew on plane
    In another scence, Kelly said :
    _You really love your job, don't you Towns?
    _Kelly, right? Kelly, there are few things I do enjoy but gettin my ball broken while I'm trying to do my job is not one of them. And can you just shit back, get your crew together and load the plane. And by the way, when we reach Beijing, you're off the clock
    1)I don't understand the words in blue, could you help me?
    2) How to pronounce exactly the name: "Sean"?

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    how long we got -how much time do we have
    gettin my balls broken -getting hurt (balls - testicles)
    load the plane - put the cargo on the plane
    off the clock - off work (Some work places have time clocks where people clock in and clock out.)
    Sean is pronounced as if it has an h: shawn.


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    Hi RonBee,

    I think, there is a subtle difference between both meanings, yours and mine one. In my opinion, it is quite possible to put in overtime work without extra pay.

    off-the-clock = overtime without extra compensation.

    "She often has to work off-the-clock."

    (Some work places have time clocks where people clock in and clock out)

    clock in and clock out

    Begin work, as in She clocked in late again. Also, clock out, end work, as in Please wait for me; I forgot to clock out. The allusion here is to punching a time clock, a device that punches the time on a card to record when an employee arrives and departs.

    Regards.

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 27-Jan-2008 at 17:52.

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    And by the way, when we reach Beijing, you're off the clock.
    What does "off the clock" probably mean there?

    ~R

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    Hi RonBee,

    In my opinion the meaning of "off-the-clock" in the present case is " hold more than one appointment". In our country we describe this as "off-hours-job" ("extra, additional work"). It is of no consequence whether there is a work place with time clock or it's missing such one. The time clock is mere a form.

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    Hi and thanks both Vil and Ronbee,
    Actually, Vil, this scence Kelly's being closed down from her oil rig because the company doesn't support anymore. So she had to packed up all her cargo to go home

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    Hi Ronbee

    how to pronounce the letter S in Sean, my teacher pronounced as if it was :" John"

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    Shane (if it's Irish)
    or Shawn

    "by the way, you're off the clock" means whatever you do after this, you do on your own, not as my paid employee.


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    Default Re: Off the clock

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Hi Ronbee

    how to pronounce the letter S in Sean, my teacher pronounced as if it was :" John"
    As mentioned before, the es in Sean should be pronounced as sh.

    American English:
    off the clock - on your own time
    ~R

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