"I'd prefer to lose my hand than turn against my duty"

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Joseph A

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Kurdish
Hello everyone,
Could you please tell me the meaning of "I'd prefer to lose my hand than turn against my duty" in the following paragraph?
"Silver", said the other man, "you're old, and you're honest, you've got money, too, and you're brave. And you're telling me you'd join those men? Not you! I'd prefer to lose my hand than turn against my duty."
Source: treasure island, chapter: The first shot
Regards,
JA
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    I'd prefer to lose my hand -> I would rather have my hand cut off
    than
    turn against
    -> do something that is contrary to; betray; become a traitor to; act against;
    my duty."
    -> my duty as a ship's officer [here also implying "doing something illegal"]
     

    Joseph A

    Senior Member
    Kurdish
    I'd prefer to lose my hand -> I would rather have my hand cut off
    than
    turn against
    -> do something that is contrary to; betray; become a traitor to; act against;
    my duty."
    -> my duty as a ship's officer [here also implying "doing something illegal"]
    Thank you, PaulQ.
     
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