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    Question What is meanings of 'talking fast' and 'standing drinks' etc.

    Dear Teacher,
    There are several words/phrases , which I don't know, in this passage as follows:
    The usual deal was one smash hit with two bits of trash. It was a crooked game and a dog's life, four nights on the road, talking fast and standing drinks.
    Meanings of :
    1 bits of trash
    2.talking fast
    3.standing drinks
    Explain them, please. Thanks.

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    Re: What is meanings of 'talking fast' and 'standing drinks' etc.

    What context are you talking about? Where did you find this quote?

    This sounds like specific jargon - maybe a description of a gambler from the 1920's.

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    Re: What is meanings of 'talking fast' and 'standing drinks' etc.

    Hullo, Mr. Susiedqq,
    More context is:
    Earning a living was not so simple. At Columbia I had read the "World's Best Books". These were no help in getting a job. My brother Maurice, was. He was a travelling salesman for Wardour Street film distributors, driving round the Home Counties all the week, signing contracts with local cinemas. The usual deal was one smash hit with two bits of trash. It was a crooked game and a dog's life, four nights on the road, talking fast and standing drinks. Maurice hated it almost as much as I did. But he made a living. I never could, despite all his patient coaching. We were worlds apart but he was a good brother, often lending me money which we knew I could never repay. He also intorduced me to girls, and even subscribed to the "Daily Worker.".
    Or , You can also see this link: The Autobiography of david crook - That Valley in Spain Called Jarama (1936-38)


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    Re: What is meanings of 'talking fast' and 'standing drinks' etc.

    "Talking fast" - As a door-to-door salesman, he must persuade reluctant people to buy his goods, so he has to talk fast to keep them listening in the hope that they will give in and buy the films on offer.

    "Standing drinks" - buying drinks for potential customers.

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    Re: What is meanings of 'talking fast' and 'standing drinks' etc.

    Dear Moderator Anglika,
    Thank you very much for your good explanations!

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