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    Can anyone help me with the meaning of following phrases?

    The first is a description of a gun. It says: It hits the target with more force than the anything this side of a train wreck.

    The other one describes a couple in a good mood: Roscoe an I danced around the service alley like players in the dugout watching the winning run soar out of sight.

    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: Weapon and playing

    This side of a train wreck refers to the effect an object has on impact (i.e., a speeding train hitting a car; a bullet hitting a target).


    Like players in the dugout watching the winning run soar out of sight refers to baseballs players / the baseball soaring over the fence (out of the playing field) resulting in an automatic home run. They won the game! They are filled with joy and so they express that physically (dancing, jumping, hugging).



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    Default Re: Weapon and playing

    It hits the target with more force than the anything this side of a train wreck.
    Your explanation may all be well and true, but this phrase is still completely wrong.

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    Default Re: Weapon and playing

    Quote Originally Posted by Torrance88 View Post
    Your explanation may all be well and true, but this phrase is still completely wrong.
    And your reason for saying this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    And your reason for saying this?
    I think he may be referring to the extraneous "the" (than the anything) in the sentence (which was probably a typo in the first place).

    It hits the target with more force than the anything this side of a train wreck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    I think he may be referring to the extraneous "the" (than the anything) in the sentence (which was probably a typo in the first place).

    It hits the target with more force than the anything this side of a train wreck.
    Good eye.

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    Your explanation may all be well and true, but this phrase is still completely wrong.

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    Default Re: Weapon and playing

    Thanks friends, I've been reading Lee Child's thriller Killing Floor, and it gives me trouble with such phrases. Thank you for explanation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueeye View Post
    Thanks friends, I've been reading Lee Child's thriller Killing Floor, and it gives me trouble with such phrases. Thank you for your explanations.

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