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Turnpike
Posted: Monday, February 15, 2021 2:57:03 AM
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Hello,
Can you paraphrase the part in bold letters, please?

"He chuckled. ‘There’s only one Archbishop – only one that counts, at any rate.
Dirty your bib and he’ll be down on you like a ton of bricks,
whether you’re Catholic, Protestant, Gentile or Jew.
Runs a tight outfit, does His Grace, without regard for creed,
race or colour – no matter who you are, you’re still liable to get it in the neck.’
"
thar
Posted: Monday, February 15, 2021 3:36:04 AM

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To run a tight outfit is to make sure everybody obeys the rules. To be a stickler, a strict boss.

To get it in the neck. is to be punished.


Runs a tight outfit, does His Grace, without regard for creed,
race or colour – no matter who you are, you’re still liable to get it in the neck.’"

He makes sure everybody obeys the rules, does the Archbishop. No matter what religion, race or colour you are, .......
No matter who you are, you are still likely to be severely punished (if you break the rules).


This is a slightly different version but the meaning is the same. An outfit is a small group. The equivalent of a ship's crew.
Quote:
run a tight ship
phrase of tight
be very strict in managing an organization or operation.



Quote:
get it in the neck
phrase of neck
INFORMAL•BRITISH
be severely criticized or punished.
"whenever I try to help someone, I seem to get it in the neck"



Turnpike
Posted: Monday, February 15, 2021 8:27:50 AM
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Thank you, Thar!
thar
Posted: Monday, February 15, 2021 9:01:46 AM

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Yes I didn't realise before you had also put 'does His Grace' in the title.

"His Grace" just refers to the Archbishop (like Her Majesty, Your Honour etc,).
And the word order is just a tag for emphasis, wth the subject in the tag. Grammatically you should have a pronoun in the main part, but here it is omitted since you often omit it in informal speech.
- the 'does he' is a positive tag for 'he runs ...'.

He runs a tight outfit, His Grace does.
[He] Runs a tight outfit, does His Grace.
Turnpike
Posted: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 1:20:43 AM
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Thanks! :)
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