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    Pricey fingers to slip

    Hello,

    Can anybody help me with the bold text?

    Everything on the list,” says Quentin.
    “Expensive,” says Dr. Derwent. “You’re sure?”
    “Dave, I own this f*cking place,” says Quentin. He’s taken to swearing more as the decades have worn on. An inhibition thing disappears out of the brain with age, he’s read that somewhere. Angry old men capering around in their institutional PJs, dribbling pee and yelling at the nurses. That won’t be me.
    “So, everything?” says Dr. Derwent, smiling his unctuous, ass-kissing smile. He seems nervous. Hope he’s not on drugs, wouldn’t want those pricey fingers to slip.
    “I told you,” says Quentin irritably. “We went over it point by point. I said everything.”
    “I suggest you read the contract,” says Dr. Derwent, smiling like a half-dead newt.
    “Suzie read it,” says Quentin. “I pay her to read sh*t like that. Anyway I wrote the f*cking contract in the first place, remember? And I already signed it.”

    Headlife by Margaret Atwood, 2012


    Thanks a lot
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Sep-2015 at 16:43. Reason: Added asterisks to swear words

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    Re: Pricey fingers to slip

    "Pricey" means expensive or worth a lot of money. For some reason (which is presumably stated somewhere else), the person's fingers are worth a lot of money. The speaker is hoping that that the person's fingers won't slip (he won't make a mistake) when he's doing something unspecified, although it suggests that he is going to be signing a contract of some kind.

    Note that I have amended the swear words in your original post, adding asterisks so that the full word no longer appears. Remember that such words are very offensive to some people and, even though you were quoting someone else's words, we disguise such words slightly.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Pricey fingers to slip

    This seems to be from the same story you mentioned in another post, a science fiction story where people can purchase new body parts.

    Ergo, the fingers may be particularly expensive, relative to other body parts, which then leads back into emsr's explanation.

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    Re: Pricey fingers to slip

    I'd say that Dr Derwent is an expensive surgeon, hence the pricey fingers that one would not want to slip during a difficult surgical procedure.
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