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    The word sinister

    Hi,

    New to the forum :)

    What does it mean when your boss says "are you turning sinister on me?" during a conversation. Not in a serious tone.

    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: The word sinister

    Did you look up "sinister" in a dictionary?

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    #3

    Re: The word sinister

    Yes I did, but I still can't understand the exact meaning when said in that way. :(

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    #4

    Re: The word sinister

    So what did you learn about "sinister"?

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    Re: The word sinister

    it depends how its being used. but mostly it means of evil intention (i guess).
    But I cannot understand if he meant:
    I am turning evil with him.
    I am turning bad on my job.
    I am turning evil with some third party people mentioned in the conversation.

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    #6

    Re: The word sinister

    or also:
    Are you making me look bad? turning bad things towards me.
    SOrry for my bad grammar. still learning English

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    #7

    Re: The word sinister

    You're right! In his quote, sinister means evil. He wondered if you were becoming an evil person.

    You're also right that your boss was joking.

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    #8

    Re: The word sinister

    OK, good. So the boss's comment meant (jokingly) that you were becoming evil, argumentative, uncooperative, etc.

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    #9

    Re: The word sinister

    Perhaps the boss meant "cynical?"



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    Re: The word sinister

    Saying sinister for cynical doesn't strike me as a very likely slip of the tongue if the boss is a native speaker.

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