raises the risk; heightens the value of what's at stake1) Didn't that up the stakes considerably?
Q: What does "up the stakes" mean?
The underlined portion functions as an adjective. It modifies "his head". It is used to describe the state of the man's head. His head is banging; What does the banging in his head sound like? It sound like his young nephew is slamming pot lids together.2) He woke in the dead dark with his head banging with all the gusto and violence of his young nephew slamming pot lids together. He managed to roll over to what he thought was his back. Thy way his head was pounding and spinning, he couldn't be sure.
Q: There is nothing talking about his nephew (cousin) at all but why the author wrote "his young nephew slamming pot lids together" what does it exactly mean?
It will hurt (i.e., like a bee's sting), but it won't kill him. He will feel it for some time, but he will eventually get over it.3) You can pop me for the B and E. It'll sting. I'll get around it, but it'll sting.
Q: B&E here is breaking and entering. But what is "It'll sting" mean here?
I don't know. :? What's the rest of it/the context? :D4) It seems six of one to me.
Q: What does it mean?
:D[/quote]5) His boss was unlikely to be pleased he’d been busted slithering around the fine points of the law. Not that he’d slithered, but that he’d gotten caught.
Q: What does "slithering around the fine points of the law" mean?
snakes slither; he was sly, cunning, crafty about the fine points of the law, not that virtuous in his dealings/actions. Note that, In Christian beliefs, the devil changed himself into a beautiful snake and had Eve trick Adam into eating the apple from the (forbidden) Tree of Knowledge. Snakes have a bad reputation in English culture.