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    rochambeau

    I searched the web for the meaning of rochambeau, only to find out it's some French General's name.

    so then, what would it mean if

    "I don't suppose you guys want to rochambeau for the privilege?"

    here, the word seems to act as a verb.

    which wouldn't make any sense./

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    #2

    Re: rochambeau

    *Not a teacher

    Rochambeau is commonly a brand in France. Where did you hear that phrase?

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    Re: rochambeau

    Not a teacher only a native.

    'Rochambeau' is apparently another name for "rock-paper-scissors" according to wikipedia. I don't know if you are familiar with this game, its basically where two or more people use hand gestures as a method of selection (like flipping a coin but with a bit more skill as you can try to second guess your opponant and adjust your 'hand' accordingly).

    So in your example, someone in a group of people has suggested they play a game of chance as to who gets the 'privilege', in the hope of winning. Note the word privilege could have been said sarcastically, for example, replacing doing the washing up or cleaning. In this case the person is trying to get out of doing the task in the same manner, by proposing a game of chance in the hope they don't get it.

    Hope this helps.


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    Re: rochambeau

    thanx, it helped tremendously!

    p.s. from Criminal Minds :)

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