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    Default rat out, dumped a load

    In the sentences below, what do the words in bold mean?

    These guys dumped a load when you walked in. They're gonna be talkin' about this for years.

    Maybe you think a guy wants to rat out the Manklins at the Ritz Marlton tea room.

    Drop the attitude, Jack.

    I'm just trying to help out here and you give me grief.

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    Default Re: rat out, dumped a load

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    In the sentences below, what do the words in bold mean?

    These guys dumped a load when you walked in. They're gonna be talkin' about this for years.

    Maybe you think a guy wants to rat out the Manklins at the Ritz Marlton tea room.

    Drop the attitude, Jack.

    I'm just trying to help out here and you give me grief.
    dumped a load - not sure about this one, but a possible 'translation' might be 'nearly sh&t themselves' - they were very frightened/shocked

    rat out - report to the authorities

    Drop the attitude - "attitude" on its own has come to mean "bad attitude", so the whole expression means 'Stop being so obstructive'

    you give me grief - to 'give someone grief' is to 'make life hard' for them

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    PS I'm sure http://www.urbandictionary.com/ will tell you more
    Last edited by BobK; 19-Aug-2008 at 16:40. Reason: PS added

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    Default Re: rat out, dumped a load

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    dumped a load - not sure about this one, but a possible 'translation' might be 'nearly sh&t themselves' - they were very frightened/shocked

    rat out - report to the authorities

    Drop the attitude - "attitude" on its own has come to mean "bad attitude", so the whole expression means 'Stop being so obstructive'

    you give me grief - to 'give someone grief' is to 'make life hard' for them

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    PS I'm sure Urban Dictionary, August 19: grab a wheel will tell you more
    Hello BobK,

    Thanks for your help! As I said to Anglika two days ago, I search the words in OneLook Dictionary Search and Urban Dictionary drives me crazy. If you type "rat out" there, you'll get something like that:

    Old Athletic from 1919
    meaning ladies nether regions..
    Would you like a drink...
    if so get your RAT OUT !!


    I mean, I am not lazy. This comic book is very hard for(to) me!

    Thanks again

    Best regards!

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    Default Re: rat out, dumped a load

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    ... This comic book is very hard for(to) me!
    This comic book is very hard for me.

    This comic book seems very hard to me.

    Note - 'hard to' doesn't work with an inanimate 'subject' (although you could say, for example, "My boss is very hard to me"). In 'seems very hard to me' the "to" belongs to the "seems".

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