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    Hi again. Still struggling with this Irish book so I need your help again. I've come across this sentence:

    She stared back ready to take a slice out of me.

    (Description of a situation involving two girls who don't like each other)

    Is it a set expression? Because of the context my guess is it means something like giving a dirty look, but I'm just guessing. Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: Take a slice out of me

    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina de Felipe View Post
    Hi again. Still struggling with this Irish book so I need your help again. I've come across this sentence:

    She stared back ready to take a slice out of me.

    (Description of a situation involving two girls who don't like each other)

    Is it a set expression? Because of the context my guess is it means something like giving a dirty look, but I'm just guessing. Thank you in advance.
    It sounds like she's already giving a dirty look. A physical fight is involved in taking a slice out of someone, probably with fingernails. (The extent of the wound would vary with age of the girls, whether they were carrying knives, etc.) It may be a metaphor here, or hyperbolic.

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    Default Re: Take a slice out of me

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It sounds like she's already giving a dirty look. A physical fight is involved in taking a slice out of someone, probably with fingernails. (The extent of the wound would vary with age of the girls, whether they were carrying knives, etc.) It may be a metaphor here, or hyperbolic.
    I would call it is pure hyperbole, along the same line as a child saying, "My parents will kill me if they find out about this." Of course they won't kill him. It is purely a metaphorical way of saying "I will be severely punished."

    I would take "She stared back ready to take a slice out of me" to indicate that the person doing the staring is extremely angy with the person being stared at.

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