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    Question "men with fine future behind them"

    Can you help me, please?

    I can't understand the meaning of the phrase: "men with fine future behind them".
    Does it have a negative meaning? or a positive one?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: "men with fine future behind them"

    You should provide some more of the context. However, unless it's a slip of the pen by the writer, we can be sure that this has a negative meaning. The writer is using a play on words for comic effect. He has changed the commonly used phrase, "men with a fine future ahead of them" to indicate that these men are actually failures, who have not lived up to the high expectations they once enjoyed.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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