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    To live on sb.'s road

    James Corden answers:
    I have lots of contact with Jimmy Fallon. I love Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan O’Brien too. He lives on my road, or rather, I should say I live on his road.
    From 20Q James Corden, p97, Playboy, Nov.-Dec. 2017

    Unable to find the phrase on dictionaries.

    Could anyone lend a hand with the above?

    Extremely grateful.
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    Re: To live on sb.'s road

    Or, in American English, on the same road.
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    Re: To live on sb.'s road

    It's not an idiom or set expression, it's just a literal sentence.

    He's kind of joking when he says "rather I live on his road" - the idea being that the road belongs to the other person, instead of Cordon. Presumably either because the other person lived there first, or is more deemed somehow more important (or famous). I suppose since Cordon's from the UK, he could also be joking that the road belongs to the American.

    Note that it's also slightly unclear if it's Kimmel, Fallon, or O'Brien that lives on the same road as Cordon. Presumably O'Brien since he was listed last.
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    Re: To live on sb.'s road

    It doesn't sound to me as having the idea of possession of the street- in BrE, we often use possessives with the road we live in. Cordon may be the most famous person in the street.

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    Re: To live on sb.'s road

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    It's not an idiom or set expression, it's just a literal sentence.

    He's kind of joking when he says "rather I live on his road" - the idea being that the road belongs to the other person, instead of Corden. Presumably either because the other person lived there first, or is more deemed somehow more important (or famous). I suppose since Corden's from the UK, he could also be joking that the road belongs to the American.

    Note that it's also slightly unclear if it's Kimmel, Fallon, or O'Brien that lives on the same road as Corden. Presumably O'Brien since he was listed last.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It doesn't sound to me as having the idea of possession of the street- in BrE, we often use possessives with the road we live in. Corden may be the most famous person in the street.
    Note the correct spelling of James Corde​n's surname.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: To live on sb.'s road

    He's obviously not that famous.

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    Re: To live on sb.'s road

    Over here he is! And now that he's got his own talk show in the US, he's even better known. Maybe he hasn't reached Laos yet.
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    Re: To live on sb.'s road

    I'm indebted to all of you for your help.

    If Mr. Corden had simply written "He lives on my road." and no more, I'd have grasped its meaning at first glance. But when he was kidding, having added "..., or rather, I should say I live on his road.", it made me sort of confused about if I missed something else here. I know my place and daren't comment on whether or not he succeeded in having gilded the lily.

    It's the most difficult part, I fear, for non-native English speakers, or English learners, living outside the English speaking world to figure out the real meaning of western jokes in some special circumstances.

    Tip my hat to you all.

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