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    ver a cigarette shared through the steel-link fence

    It was a journalist from a local paper who, late one night, managed to do what no one else in the world so far had managed, which was to strike up a brief intelligible conversation with one of the service robots guarding the perimeter.
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    “I think there’s a story in it,” confided the journalist over a cigarette shared through the steel-link fence, “but it needs a good local angle. I’ve got a little list of questions here,” he went on, rummaging awkwardly in an inner pocket. “Perhaps you could get him, it, whatever you call him, to run through them quickly.”

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    ver a cigarette shared through the steel-link fence

    It was a journalist from a local paper who, late one night, managed to do what no one else in the world so far had managed, which was to strike up a brief intelligible conversation with one of the service robots guarding the perimeter.
    [...]
    “I think there’s a story in it,” confided the journalist over a cigarette shared through the steel-link fence, “but it needs a good local angle. I’ve got a little list of questions here,” he went on, rummaging awkwardly in an inner pocket. “Perhaps you could get him, it, whatever you call him, to run through them quickly.”

    (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams)

    Does the part in bold mean that the journalist shared a cigarette with whomever he was talking with (and in this case it seems that he was talking with a 'little flying ratchet screwdriver')?

    Thanks.

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    Re: ver a cigarette shared through the steel-link fence

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    It was a journalist from a local paper who, late one night, managed to do what no one else in the world so far had managed, which was to strike up a brief intelligible conversation with one of the service robots guarding the perimeter.
    [...]
    “I think there’s a story in it,” confided the journalist over a cigarette shared through the steel-link fence, “but it needs a good local angle. I’ve got a little list of questions here,” he went on, rummaging awkwardly in an inner pocket. “Perhaps you could get him, it, whatever you call him, to run through them quickly.”

    (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams)

    Does the part in bold mean that the journalist shared a cigarette with whomever he was talking with (and in this case it seems that he was talking with a 'little flying ratchet screwdriver')?

    Thanks.
    Yes, that's what it means.

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    Re: ver a cigarette shared through the steel-link fence

    'over a cigarette shared through the steel-link fence'

    Are you asking what that means? It means 'while sharing a cigarette with a person on the other side of a restrictive fence.' Someone's inside and cannot leave, presumably.

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