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    What is the meaning of the sentence?

    Hello Everyone,

    I have read a report in yahoo today and I am buffled by the following sentence of the paragraph. Can you explain it to me?

    In that case, the smoking gun was tableware the suspect used during a night out with his wife. Undercover investigators had waited out Altemio Sanchez at the bar of a Buffalo restaurant one evening and moved in on his water glass and utensils after he'd gone.

    Why is the smoking gun the tableware and what is the meaning of the sentence?

    Thanks and best regards

    weiqun

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    Re: What is the meaning of the sentence?

    Hi weiqun ding
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    You can find the definition for the idiom smoking gun on this site: "definitive proof of someone's guilt"
    https://www.usingenglish.com/referen...oking+gun.html
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    You can find the definition for tableware in any dictionary. Tableware consists of the dishes, glasses, utensils, etc. used at the table.
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    So, in your article, the water glass and utensils that the suspect used at the restaurant provided indisputable proof of the crime.

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    Re: What is the meaning of the sentence?

    Dear Philip,

    Thank you very much for the quick reply.

    Now I have got it. Smoking gun is an idiom, which is understood by me as only a gun.

    Regards

    Weiqun

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