What does the phrase mean?

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Are you sure you don't mean are they through? It means "Are they finished?"

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I agree with Ron, but it could also have another meaning in competitions- Are they through to the next stage. However, without further context, I would go for Ron meaning every time. ;-)
 
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Thank you two for the replies.
I found that phrase in a dialogue:

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A:Of course.
B:You should say sure instead of of course.
C:Are they though?
 

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'Are they though' is a way of questioning the truth of what the other speaker has said:

'The guy in the shop said these chairs are 17th century French.'
'Are they, though?' = I'm not so sure of that.

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Good answer, Tdol! Good example, too!

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