a few bob

Discussion in 'English Only' started by novice_81, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. novice_81 Senior Member

    Sweden
    German
    Hello

    One guy says that his photographer copped somebody's else's photograph, and he later says that it cost him a few bob and the photographer promised never to do it again.

    --- I understand that he illegaly copied somebody else's photograph and then the other guy had to pay some fine for that (a few bob).Right?

    thanks
     
  2. Matching Mole

    Matching Mole Senior Member

    England, English
    Yes, that's how I understand it. Often, "a few bob" means a not inconsiderable sum, rather than literally a few shillings. Similarly: "I bet that cost a bob or two" means "I bet that was expensive". In this case the "few bob" was probably compensation for copyright infringement, rather than a fine, as it is a civil offence. These are often punitive, so it could well have been a lot of money.
     
  3. novice_81 Senior Member

    Sweden
    German
    OK. Thanks MM!
     
  4. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Jerusalem
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Moderator note:

    The thread went off topic to discuss "copped", so I split it. The new thread is here.

    Thank you,
    Nun-Translator
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2009

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