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    #1

    looking out for

    I wouldlike to know the meaning of the next sentence.
    That's my dad. Always looking out for me.


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    Re: looking out for

    to look out for = to look after someone's best interests and/or their well-being

    Calvin is being sarcastic because his dad is trying to make him eat something he doesn't like.

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    Re: looking out for

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I wouldlike to know the meaning of the next sentence.
    That's my dad. Always looking out for me.

    NOT A TEACHER.

    It means that he's looking out for his son's best interests; he likes to make sure that his son is doing well.

    The son was probably being sarcastic when he made that statement, though.

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    Re: looking out for

    "looking out for someone" is an expression that mean you want the very best for that person or are concerned about someone.

    One way parents "look out" for their child is by encouraging them to try new things, under the watchful eye of the parent. Sometimes these new things are not enjoyable, but the experience will help build the child's character (help them grow up to be well-rounded individuals).

    In the last frame, the boy is being sarcastic. He is eating the food but complaining about how his father "looks out" for him.


    (A similar expression today is to say you "have someone's back")

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    Re: looking out for

    Another interesting point about idiomatic use of language is also exemplified in the last frame. 'That's my...' can be used as a simple demonstrative adjective: 'That's my coat, I recognize the lining'; or even 'That's my dad, the bald one in the back row'. But Calvin is using it in the metaphorical sense 'That behaviour is typical of my...'.

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