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    Hello,

    The sentences below are an excerpt from Gordon's Law published by DComics in 1996. I don't understand the words in bold. There's a bank robbery ongoing.

    Gordon speak: Leave me a squad with me. I'll take them in to get the hostages out.
    Pettit: Never miss a photo-op, huh?

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    Harveley: No explosion. No perps. Nothing but us cops.
    Gordon: What are you saying, Harveley?
    Harveley: I'm sayin' it's a snipe hunt commish.

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: perps, snipe hunt

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Hello,

    The sentences below are an excerpt from Gordon's Law published by DComics in 1996. I don't understand the words in bold. There's a bank robbery ongoing.

    Gordon speak: Leave me a squad with me. I'll take them in to get the hostages out.
    Pettit: Never miss a photo-op, huh?
    Photo-op=photo opportunity. A chance to have your picture taken by the media and maybe have it appear in the newspaper or a magazine.

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    Harveley: No explosion. No perps. Nothing but us cops.
    Perps=perpetrators. The persons who committed the crime.

    Gordon: What are you saying, Harveley?
    Harveley: I'm sayin' it's a snipe hunt commish.

    Thanks in advance
    A snipe hunt is another term for a wild goose chase or a fool's errand.

    An actual snipe hunt is an age-old prank, usually played on naive folks on camping trips or in unfamiliar terrain. There is no such creature as a snipe, you see. But yet you convince your target that this particular area is rife with the rare snipes, and you can only catch them by banging two sticks together and barking like a dog (or some other such ridiculous procedure). The prank is to see if the person is gullible enough to actually walk around the woods making a fool of himself.

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    Default Re: perps, snipe hunt

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    An actual snipe hunt is an age-old prank, usually played on naive folks on camping trips or in unfamiliar terrain. There is no such creature as a snipe, you see. But yet you convince your target that this particular area is rife with the rare snipes, and you can only catch them by banging two sticks together and barking like a dog (or some other such ridiculous procedure). The prank is to see if the person is gullible enough to actually walk around the woods making a fool of himself.
    We do have snipe in this country - they are smallish water-side birds which have long bills and fly very fast, so are difficult to shoot.

    However, Ouisch's explanation of the idiom stands

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    Default Re: perps, snipe hunt

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    We do have snipe in this country - they are smallish water-side birds which have long bills and fly very fast, so are difficult to shoot.

    However, Ouisch's explanation of the idiom stands
    Hello Anglika,

    I am sorry but what does 'water-side' mean?

    thanks!

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    Default Re: perps, snipe hunt

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    Hello Anglika,

    I am sorry but what does 'water-side' mean?

    thanks!
    They are birds that feed along the edges of rivers or lakes or ponds - water-side - the edge of bodies of water.

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