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    Can you help me with this sentence?

    A: How’d you go from Oversight’s golden boy to its chief extortioner?
    B :Downside of being invisible? Lack of visibility.

    A: Running this place, you’ve become a deniable asset. Someone who could be wiped away if he stepped out of line. You needed leverage. That’s what the Black Boxes are for. But there had to be a catalyst. Some incident that soured your relationship with Oversight.
    B: Well, that reached critical mass with Operation Pale Fire. In 2005, a Russian conglomerate, Zetrov, refusing to do business with the United States.


    A: It was a threat to national security?
    B: Oversight saw it as a threat to financial security. Theirs, in particular. So they came to me. And I discovered that the CEO’s number two, a man named Sergei Semak, might be pliable.


    A: You turned him, plotted with him to kill Zetrov’s founder, Nikolai Udinov, Alex’s father. I know the backstory.
    B: It was Semak’s idea to kill the family. He said that if he could have control, he would be our man on the inside, expand U.S. interests throughout his hemisphere.


    A: That’s a pretty big promise.
    B: Exactly what I said. I said he couldn’t be trusted, and I was right. He took over.


    A: And reneged on the deal.
    B: Yeah. They want to blame me for it. Now, Amanda and Oversight think that Alex is going to take over Zetrov. Well, that ain’t gonna happen. She’s going to kill Semak and plunge the company into complete chaos. Amanda has lost control of her girl.


    A: History does tend to repeat itself. You say that that mission was when everything went sideways with Oversight. No, the real threat wasn’t forming over your head. It was happening right under your nose. Pale Fire was the first time Nikita ever disobeyed orders. She rescued Alex that night, her first strike against Division, and the first step of your journey right into this cage. You sent Nikita on that mission and sealed your own fate.


    It is from American series Nikita. But my understanding about this sentence seems contradictory to the context.

    What does the sentence mean?


    Answers will be appreciated. :)
    Last edited by michael147; 10-May-2012 at 13:48.

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    #2

    Re: Can you help me with this sentence?

    Context?
    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.

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    Re: Can you help me with this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Context?
    There you go.

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    Re: Can you help me with this sentence?

    All I can guess, never having seen this series, is that the threat was not from people above him in his chain of command, the people who run Oversight, but from the person he was able to watch the entire time (Nakita?), and therefore something he should have been able to anticipate.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    All I can guess, never having seen this series, is that the threat was not from people above him in his chain of command, the people who run Oversight, but from the person he was able to watch the entire time (Nakita?), and therefore something he should have been able to anticipate.
    My understanding was that the real threat could not be anticipated, but it was happening under his watch. So you are saying "over your head" here means literally? I thought it means "unanticipated".

    And btw, what does "over one's head" means? I found these meanings in the dictionary.
    1. beyond one's comprehension or competence
    2. so as to pass over one's superior standing or authority

    But it seems neither of them matches the context.
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    Re: Can you help me with this sentence?

    Can you help me through this?

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    Re: Can you help me with this sentence?

    The people ranked above him in his organization.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The people ranked above him in his organization.
    Thank you so much. It finally makes sense to me. :)

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