At least not until the <infection sets in>

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Prison break (S1 E3): A con is talking to another prisoner about a weapon (looks like a knife):

"You jam it in the stomach. These bits hook the intestines. You give it a pull back, poor sucker's guts are hanging right out of his stomach, and he'll get a real good look at 'em cos the wound's not fatal. At least not until the infection sets in."

What does he mean by ''the infection sets in''?
  • Language Hound

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    American English
    If you look up "set in" in the WR dictionary (entry #34), I think you will understand. The sample sentence even uses "infection."


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    English - U.S.
    The germs that are naturally in the intestines get into the rest of the body from the holes made by the weapon and cause an infection.
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