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    #1

    A forklift couldn't pick you up!

    What does "A and B" mean by the next sentences?
    1. A forklift couldn't pick you up!
    2. Try to be more considerate and don't give me straight lines like that!


    A: I feel let down after the holidays. I need something to pick me up.
    B: A forklift couldn't pick you up!
    A: Oh, great! you just caused me to break my resolution to be less snarky!
    Try to be more considerate and don't give me straight lines like that!
    B: How thoughtless of me!



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    Re: A forklift couldn't pick you up!

    1. A forklift is a truck for lifting heavy loads.

    2. 'Don't give me opportunities to make flippant comments.'

    Rover

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    Re: A forklift couldn't pick you up!

    Hi,

    1. As I read it, she is making a pun either on his weight or on the fact that he's soooo down that not even a forklift (forklift truck - WordReference.com Dictionary of English) could help him.

    2. I believe it means something like: "don't make it so easy for me to be so critical (snarky - WordReference.com Dictionary of English)

    However, native speakers will probably give you closer approaches to it.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: A forklift couldn't pick you up!

    She's definitely commenting on his weight.

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    #5

    Re: A forklift couldn't pick you up!

    A lot of put-downs involve interpreting a figurative usage as literal. For example a pair of rugby players might say, after a fumbled pass:

    Passer: 'Call that a catch? You couldn't catch a cold.'
    Receiver: 'Call that a pass? You couldn't pass water.'

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