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  1. chitchit
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    Exclamation Can you help explain to me these expressions?

    I often see these expressions in English conversation, but I don't way what they exactly mean, can you here help me?
    The expressions are: "better me than you"
    "way ahead of you there"
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Can you help explain to me these expressions?

    "Better you than me" indicates that while you're happy for the other person, you're glad the situation is not happening to you. It's not something you want or are interested in.

    "The boss invited me to go on a hunting trip with him this weekend."
    "Well, better you than me. I can't bear the thought of spending the weekend in the woods. Have fun!"


    "Way ahead of you there" means that you've already thought of a possible obstacle or outcome and have planned for it in advance.

    "Oh, geez, my wife wants to go away on a romantic rendezvous this weekend for our anniversary, but that's the weekend of the big Michigan-Ohio football game!"
    "Way ahead of you there, buddy. I've set my TiVo to record it for you, so you can watch it Monday night when you get home."


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    Re: Can you help explain to me these expressions?

    Thank you very much for your explanation, Ouisch. Very fast and timely :)
    By the way, can u help me one more time? i have a sentence like that:
    "The prosecutor told me that killers and rapists, their wires are crossed. you can arrest them. You can treat them. But you can never change the way they are wired"
    Can u explain the expressions in bold?

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    Re: Can you help explain to me these expressions?

    They're referring informally to the "wiring" in the criminal brain; that is, they are comparing the inner workings of the brain to a circuit board or wiring diagram that you might find inside a radio, TV or computer. They are implying that there is something different in the mental structure of a killer or rapist than there is from the rest of the population, and no matter how much you try to "rehabilitate" them, they will still have that "something" in their brain that tells them to kill or rape.

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