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QP
Posted: Sunday, April 16, 2017 10:15:57 PM
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Hi friend,

I watched an Amarican move and got confuse with this 2 sentences. I would like to ask for your help:

1. I've stepped in shit on the street cleaner than gangster.

I don't understand the bold words. I found the meaning of "step in shit" on websites, but I am still not clear when it uses in this sentence.


2. He respects the fat end of a bat, the sharp end of a stick.

Does #2 sentence means he repects in fighting?

Thank you.
QP
TheParser
Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 8:02:06 AM
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QP wrote:



2. He respects the fat end of a bat, the sharp end of a stick.

Does #2 sentence means he repects in fighting?





NOT A TEACHER


Hello, QP:

Yes, I believe that you are correct.

Nice words will not change his behavior.

He respects (fears) only force (violence).
Eoin Riedy
Posted: Monday, April 17, 2017 5:08:07 PM

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QP wrote:
Hi friend,

I watched an Amarican move and got confuse with this 2 sentences. I would like to ask for your help:

1. I've stepped in shit on the street cleaner than gangster.

I don't understand the bold words. I found the meaning of "step in shit" on websites, but I am still not clear when it uses in this sentence.


2. He respects the fat end of a bat, the sharp end of a stick.

Does #2 sentence means he repects in fighting?

Thank you.
QP


The first one means that feces that one finds in the street are cleaner than the gangster.
The sentence may be confusing because "street" is part of "on the street", not a modifier for the word "cleaner". The shit is on the the street. The shit is cleaner than the gangster. The shit is not on the street cleaner - the person or machine that cleans the street.



The second may be confusing if one is thinking of "bat" as an animal. Here it means baseball bat, which is thicker on the end used to strike the ball than on the end used as a handle. The threat or infliction of blunt trauma causes this person to rein in his assertiveness.
QP
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:13:50 AM
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Thanks all.
TheParser
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:18:04 AM
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Hello, QP:

I never nitpick (discuss unimportant mistakes).

But I thought that you might like to know that your thread title had a mistake that you should avoid.

"What does these sentences mean?" should read "What do these sentences mean?" (In other words: These sentences do mean what?"



Have a nice day!
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