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    Something out of somebody, what does it mean ?

    What does the structure "Something out of somebody" mean ?

    I've met this in the following context:
    "You want the human-interest angle?" She didn't smile at me. I don't think she ever smiles. But her eyes were sharp, though not angry. I felt her glance slide through me and out my occiput and knew that I was uncommonly transparent to her; that everybody was.
    But I said, "That's right."
    "Human interest out of robots? A contradiction."
    "No, doctor. Out of you."
    "Well, I've been called a robot myself. Surely, they've told you I'm not human."

    Ofcourse I can guess the meaning from the context, but I'm not sure I'm right.
    Can you please give more examples of using this structure.
    Thanks to everyone in advance !

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    Re: Something out of somebody, what does it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by i386 View Post
    What does the structure "Something out of somebody" mean ?

    I've met this in the following context:
    "You want the human-interest angle?" She didn't smile at me. I don't think she ever smiles. But her eyes were sharp, though not angry. I felt her glance slide through me and out my occiput and knew that I was uncommonly transparent to her; that everybody was.
    But I said, "That's right."
    "Human interest out of robots? A contradiction."
    "No, doctor. Out of you."
    "Well, I've been called a robot myself. Surely, they've told you I'm not human."

    Ofcourse I can guess the meaning from the context, but I'm not sure I'm right.
    Can you please give more examples of using this structure.
    Thanks to everyone in advance !
    What does "out of" mean to you in this context?

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    Re: Something out of somebody, what does it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    What does "out of" mean to you in this context?
    I guess, it might be used in meaning "about" or "regarding".
    It also might be used in meaning "from", I think.


    The context confuses me really. Could you say in other words this two lines, please ?

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    Re: Something out of somebody, what does it mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by i386 View Post
    I guess, it might be used in meaning "about" or "regarding".
    It also might be used in meaning "from", I think.


    The context confuses me really. Could you say in other words this two lines, please ?
    "From" is correct. When you talk about getting something out of somebody it is getting something from within them.

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