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maiabulela

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hi all,

A master bartender is saying "My strategy is not to break so much, not pass out, and hopfully put a couple of drinks over the bar"

He was challenging another bar tender.

What does he mean by "break" here?

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My guess is not to break barware e.g. glasses, mixers etc.
 

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Also, based on the context, and the fact that it's an intransitive verb in the sentence, I'd say it means: to take rest; stop working.
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I can't understand no. He is a prfessional bardtender. He can't mean "rest" or "breaking the hardware".

Thanks for your effort, though :oops:
 

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Apparently, he is not that good: he says not pass out.
Pass out as a intransitive verb means: to faint.
Is a person predisposed to fainting a professional?
By the way, the word hopefully,in the sentence, implies the bartender's weakness and his uncertainty about the future.

If you're still doubtful about it, you can post a longer proportion of the text. I believe the bartender is so badly wasted!
 

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Mmmm. I thought "pass out" means that he'll not make the drink so heavy or with a high gin percentage in order for the people not pass out :oops: but You kindly explained it to me.

I don't know what part of the context I can provide bec. I don't understand.

but what I got from you is "I'll try not to break stuff and not to pass out"

mm Althought they speak about him all through the whole episode as the best bartender in the West. And he always plays with the bottles and glasses in an amazing way. That's whay I'm confused.

The program is Throwdown with Bobby Flay ep.109

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1. break so much - do not break any bottles or glasses - do not let bottles and glasses fall so as to cause them to shatter
2. not pass out - does not drink so much (beer, wine, whiskey, etc.) that he will fall asleep
3. put a couple of drinks over the bar - serve some drinks to the customers


That's it!!!!!!!!!! It suits the context so much. You made my day :up::up::up: (it's 5:30 am here) lol

Thaaaaaaanks a lot.
 
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