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    wind up

    Hello
    Could anyone tell me what the following sentenses mean? This is from the old radio drama in 1950s named "Your Truly, Jonny Dollar".

    "If you're interested in buying me Christmas presents, I take size 42 suit. Shirts 15 and a half collar, sleeve length 33. My hat size is 7 and an eight, (1)except when I wind up a successful case, then it runs about 7 and three eighths. At insurance investigation, I'm just an expert. (2)At making out my expense account, I'm an absolute genius. "

    Thank you.
    Brgds YF


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    Re: wind up

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankees Fan View Post
    Hello
    Could anyone tell me what the following sentences mean? This is from the old radio drama in 1950s named "Your Truly, Jonny Dollar".

    "If you're interested in buying me Christmas presents, I take size 42 suit. Shirts 15 and a half collar, sleeve length 33. My hat size is 7 and an eight, (1)except when I wind up a successful case, then it runs about 7 and three eighths. At insurance investigation, I'm just an expert. (2)At making out my expense account, I'm an absolute genius. "

    Thank you.
    Brgds YF
    #1 The character is indicating that if he wins a case, then his head swells [cf, the idiom "swelled head" - swelled head - OneLook Dictionary Search ]

    #2 Here he is saying that he is extra clever at getting extra money on his claim for expenses when doing a job. [ expense account - OneLook Dictionary Search ]


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    Re: wind up

    Hi Anglika-san

    Thank you for your quick reply and explanation.
    It's clear now!!

    Cheers YF

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