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    What is the meaning of "delaminating"?

    Hey!
    I can't get the meaning of "delaminating" in this sentence which I heard in a TV series called "Bosch".

    Bosch is a detective that has killed an unarmed man and he is being charged and the chief is not supporting him and wants to watch his failure at the court.
    They argue with each other and this is the conversation:
    Chief : You're delaminating, Bosch.
    I got to tell you...it's been a real pleasure watching Chandler expose you for what you are.
    Bosch: Oh, yeah? What's that?
    Chief: An insubordinate, arrogant know-it-all loner and all-around self-righteous prick.

    Bosch: You forgot to mention "refuses to kiss command staff's ass."
    Chief: We don't need cops like you anymore, Bosch. Put in for your pension, pal.
    After that Bosch goes to one of the cops there and says : Do you think I'm delaminating?
    and she says: Beats me, Bosch. Who isn't?

    I don't know if the word "delaminating" means getting old.
    Thank you for your time

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    Re: What is the meaning of "delaminating"?

    It means breaking up into small pieces, specifically thin strips. I guess that the writer is using it to mean falling apart.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "delaminating"?

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/delaminate

    It could mean that his outer, public face is coming apart in layers at the court. It's not clear. Also, what the female cop says doesn't seem to make sense.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "delaminating"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/delaminate

    It could mean that his outer, public face is coming apart in layers at the court. It's not clear. Also, what the female cop says doesn't seem to make sense.
    The female cop is metaphorically shrugging at his question, saying that they're all delaminating. Similar to asking a co-worker in a hectic workplace "Do you think I'm crazy?" and the co-worker replies, "I dunno. Maybe. Who isn't, in this place?"

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    Re: What is the meaning of "delaminating"?

    Sure, but the specific person is being questioned in court, and has a reason to believe he's coming apart in layers. If the female cop was also part of that process, it would make sense.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "delaminating"?

    It's a sailor's term for a daggerboard that is coming apart and needs heeling or repair. So the other teachers are right that this is the metaphor here.

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