A quick brace and then a longer backward trace.

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AlexanderIII

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Russian
Hi, everybody,
This is an expression I've come across in the novel by Adrian McKinty "Fifty Grand". A policewoman is searching an empty house for some evidence that may give her a clue to her father's death.


I rummaged in the trash but even that gave no clues, just a few nondescript bills, everything incriminating gone. Tonight it would be burned and dropped in a trash can at some random truck stop. I put a plastic bag over my arm and shoved it down the U bend of the toilet, but that was clean too.
A quick brace and then a longer backward trace.

The phrase in question lookes like a proverb meaning "first quickly and superficially and then slowly and carefully. But this is a mere guess. Is it correct?
 
  • Tazzler

    Senior Member
    American English
    I understood it as he quickly prepared himself for some more work and then went backwards looking for clues. I may be wrong, though.
     
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