Any better, they'd lock me up

Csilla

Member
Hungarian
Hi,

Could you tell me what the sentence: Any better, they'd lock me up can mean?

The context is:
"How's the U.S. Marshal service treating you?"
"Any better, they'd lock me up. "

Thanks a lot!
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Hi, Csilla, welcome to WRF. I have some ideas about what Any better, they'd lock me up. means but we're going to have to have even more context to be sure:

    What film/book/TV show do the words come from?
    What sort of a film/book/TV show is it?
    Who are the people speaking?
    How do they know each other and what are they doing?
    Where are the people?
     

    Csilla

    Member
    Hungarian
    Hi PaulQ,

    Thanks for your reply. :)
    It's from a TV series (The Glades) The man from the US Marshal service came to the other's house to escort his "stepson" to the boy's biological father who is in a WitSec program.
    This is a really short scene. That is the whole conversation. (While the boy and his mother are saying good bye the 2 men have this conversation.)
    Thanks a lot! :)
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    OK.

    I assume that the people speaking are:
    Man: "How's the U.S. Marshal service treating you?"
    Marshal: "Any better, they'd lock me up." = "If they treated me any better, they would lock me up." = "Very well indeed."

    This is casual humour, the marshal is suggesting that the U.S. Marshal service are already very generous towards him and if they were more generous, it would probably be a crime (and therefore they would lock him up.)
     
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