Anytime you want to go home, you consider yourself dismissed.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Agito a42, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. Agito a42

    Agito a42 Senior Member

    Source: Die Hard (1988), an American movie.

    Deputy Chief Robinson of the LAPD is reprimanding his subordinate for challenging his authority, in front of a building taken over by terrorists.
    Full context: hasn't seen diddly-squat from anybody

    Robinson: You listen to me, Sergeant. Anytime you want to go home, you consider yourself dismissed.
    Powell: No, sir. You couldn't drag me away.


    Could you tell me if it means "you are allowed to go whenever you want to"? Powell is not fired, right?
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018
  2. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    My understanding is that his going home will result in his dismissal.
    What is unclear is if the dismissal is for the shift, the day, the case, or if he will be fired.
     
  3. Agito a42

    Agito a42 Senior Member

    Thank you, SwissPete. So this statement is as odd as I thought.

    "Anytime you want to go home, you consider yourself dismissed."
    Please, check if my understanding of it is correct: "You can stay here for now, but once you want to go home, from that moment onward, consider yourself dismissed."

    Am I on the right track?
     
  4. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    Yes, it's my understanding also.
     
  5. bennymix

    bennymix Senior Member

    Ontario, Canada. I grew up in US.
    English (American).
    I think he's not fired, he's let off duty if that's what he wants. "Go home if you like and you may consider your doing so as approved {=I'll be happy to see it} ."
     
  6. Agito a42

    Agito a42 Senior Member

    Thank you, SwissPete and bennymix! I've got it.
     
  7. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    Considering the context of this thread, I agree with bennymix.

    For information, here is the definition of dismiss:
    order or allow to leave; send away.
    discharge from employment or office.
     

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