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    I quote some dialogues from an Aermican movie "an american in paris":

    "She's a third-year girl that gripes my liver." what does girpe my liver mean?

    "I want to buy them.How much are they?
    Gee, I don't know.

    You don't know?
    I never thought I'd come to the point where that would be an issue."
    How to understand the last sentence?
    thanks a lot!


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    "Gripe my liver" is not at all common usage (or even common slang), but what he means is that this type of girl really upsets him, gets on his nerves, makes him roll his eyes in exasperation.

    "I never thought I'd come to the point where that would be an issue."
    There is a common expression among the wealthy/elite: "If you have to ask how much it costs, then you can't afford it." So in this piece of dialog the speaker is suddenly having to budget his money; he/she cannot just purchase any item that catches his fancy. He now has to ask how much it costs and then decide if he can really afford to spend that much money.

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    Default Re: dialogues from an American movie

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    "Gripe my liver" is not at all common usage (or even common slang), but what he means is that this type of girl really upsets him, gets on his nerves, makes him roll his eyes in exasperation.

    "I never thought I'd come to the point where that would be an issue."
    There is a common expression among the wealthy/elite: "If you have to ask how much it costs, then you can't afford it." So in this piece of dialog the speaker is suddenly having to budget his money; he/she cannot just purchase any item that catches his fancy. He now has to ask how much it costs and then decide if he can really afford to spend that much money.
    But in this dialog he is the one who's selling the stuff ,not buying the stuff,he is not supposed to be worried about his money.
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