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    They had got that bit straight

    Hello,

    Can anybody explain to me what the sentence they had got that bit straight mean?

    Meldrum! Strangely enough, quite inexplicably, they had got that bit straight. That was his name. And ‘freak’—they were actually getting warm. Meldrum, however, if he had been at hand to overhear, would certainly have laughed at their preposterous conjectures, would have been tickled to observe how their exiguous fund of information had been ingeniously supplemented by invention, how very wide their guesses always were of the real dreadful mark.

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    Re: They had got that bit straight

    Not a teacher.

    It means that, they got it right. Whatever it was - It was done correctly. From this context, I am guessing they got the name right.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 23-Jul-2016 at 17:31. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    Re: They had got that bit straight

    Sartre, please read this extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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    Re: They had got that bit straight

    They had got his name right, but the rest of the stuff they were saying about him was inaccurate.

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    Re: They had got that bit straight

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They had got his name right, but the rest of the stuff they were saying about him was inaccurate.

    Although according to the narrator, calling him a 'freak' was close to the truth as well.
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