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    Smile difficult sentence

    hi in this sentence on tv show prison break
    Or maybe he likes to run his mouth
    To work an angle, I'm not sure.
    But if need be, I can get rid of that angle.
    i don't understand "to work an angle" and " i can get rid of that angle"
    thank you


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    Re: difficult sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by adel87 View Post
    hi in this sentence on tv show prison break
    Or maybe he likes to run his mouth
    To work an angle, I'm not sure.
    But if need be, I can get rid of that angle.
    i don't understand "to work an angle" and " i can get rid of that angle"
    thank you
    Hi adel87,

    I'm not an English teacher but a native speaker.

    To understand the term angle: If you look at an object in your hand you are viewing it at a certain angle (front or side etc.). As you turn it over you see it at other angles.

    To 'work an angle' (slang) refers to looking at something (an idea not an object) a particular way and using it to your advantage to gain something.

    "I can get rid of that angle" could mean the speaker will somehow interrupt the plan or it could mean he's able to kill the person that is "working the angle."

    Hope this is helpful!


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    Re: difficult sentence

    Anyone with other thoughts on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Anyone with other thoughts on this?
    I think, the subject matter seems to relate to Wrestling match(competition) and one of the competitor is describing the possible strategy likely to be adopted by his opponent.
    Here “to work” means: methodically attack, especially a single body part using force so as to cause enough damage and achieve finish. “To work at an angle” means: attacking physically and verbaly and deliberatly deviating from the established norms to gain advantage. The speaker, one of the player says that his opponent may “like to run his mouth” meaning talk excessively and foolishly. “I can get rid of that angle” means: He can face and counter that angle attack by appropriate tactics.

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