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    out lightman'd lightman?

    "So that's the guy that out lightman'd lightman?"(Lie to Me 112) What does this sentence mean? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: out lightman'd lightman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Punchinello View Post
    "So that's the guy that out lightman'd lightman?"(Lie to Me 112) What does this sentence mean? Thank you in advance.
    I'm not really sure, but I would imagine it means that he was more lightman-ish than the original lightman. We might say of a basketball player playing brilliantly against the immortal Michael Jordan that he had "out-Jordan'd Jordan."

    There is a wry expression that says, "He is just like _________ , only more so." That doesn't make sense logically, of course, but it is a nice expression, nevertheless.

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    Re: out lightman'd lightman?

    Thank you! I think I get it now. But what does this "'d" stand for?

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    Re: out lightman'd lightman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Punchinello View Post
    Thank you! I think I get it now. But what does this "'d" stand for?
    It's just the past ending. If they'd written 'out-Lightmaned', it would've invited a mispronunciation (/eɪ/).

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    Re: out lightman'd lightman?

    Please excuse my ignorance but what's past ending?

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    Re: out lightman'd lightman?

    Quote Originally Posted by Punchinello View Post
    Please excuse my ignorance but what's past ending?
    The suffix that's added to a regular verb to make it past - [e]d.

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    Re: out lightman'd lightman?

    I see. Thank you!

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