What is the meaning of "number" in the following context:
A: (the widow)Kenny was a decent man. Hard worker, a good provider.
Detective: No, he was a predator. I mean, he knew we had his number. It's the reason he offed himself.
A:That's between him and God.
(Detective went to arrest A's husband but the latter killed himself. (They was after him bec.he turned out to be the killer of A's foster daughter.
I don't know if it's "phones number" bec. it doesn't make sense to me.
Kindly ask me if there is any more context needed.
Thanks a lot.
Last edited by billmcd; 17-Jun-2011 at 19:03. Reason: typo
No, when you "have someone's number" it means that you know that person's character.
- Watch our for John. He smiles at you, but he's just looking for your weaknesses.
- Don't worry. I've got his number already.
- You know, you pretend to be all gruff and mean, but I've got your number. I know you have a heart of gold in there.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.