I've met lot of hard boiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes

Discussion in 'English Only' started by kenny4528, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. kenny4528

    kenny4528 Senior Member

    Taipei
    Mandarin, Taiwan
    Hi there, I come across this quote from Ace in the Hole but I don't get it, especially the use of twenty minutes:



    Could you lighten me?
     
  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    London
    English - South-East England
    Hard-boiled = hard, tough (e.g. a detective like Sam Spade). The rest of it is just an extension - really hard-boiled.
     
  3. kenny4528

    kenny4528 Senior Member

    Taipei
    Mandarin, Taiwan
    Cheers, it seems the period of time is not really a big deal.
     
  4. spatula

    spatula Senior Member

    London
    English - London (Irish ethnicity)
    It only takes 10 minutes to hard boil an egg. An egg that has been boiling for 20 minutes would indeed be hard, tough, unbreakable etc. It conjures up a funny image to hear someone called this!
     

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