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    #1

    not to take any chances/ I played the line

    Dear teachers,

    Happy New Year!

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    I wasn’t taking any chances, so I started roaring up the block away from him.

    not to take any chances = not to take a risk, not dare to, hang back

    I got my nerve back, turned around in the middle of the block, and played the line on Lexington Avenue.

    I played the line = I lined up with the other taxis

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    #2

    Re: not to take any chances/ I played the line

    Have you got a bit more context for the second?

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    Re: not to take any chances/ I played the line

    "Then I heard someone hollering at me and when I looked back I saw a big guy in a cap running towards me. I wasn't taking any chances, so I started roaring up the block away from him. When I looked back again he was still hollering and waving at me, and then I saw him step into another cab. He wasn't out to slug me after all. He was a fare. I got my nerve back, turned around in the middle of the block, and payed the line on Lexington Avenue. There were only three cabs in line. In half a minute all of us got fares.:

    (Scab! by A. Halper)

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    Re: not to take any chances/ I played the line

    Sounds like it to me.

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