it just doesn’t pay to be shootin’ at Shifty when he’s got a rifle.

serhatuygur

Senior Member
Turkish
Hello, I do need some help with the expression "doesn't pay to be" which is in the sentence below. I guess it is similar to "useless" or "no good", but I want to be sure. Thank you.

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Lipton and Popeye Wynn looked at the place where the sniper had held them up, the one Powers shot at. They found the sniper with a bullet right in the middle of the forehead. “You know,” Wynn commented, “it just doesn’t pay to be shootin’ at Shifty when he’s got a rifle.”
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Source: Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    If it "doesn't pay to be shootin' at Shifty", it is a bad idea to shoot at Shifty. The point here seems to be that Shifty will probably return fire and kill you if you shoot at him when he has a rifle.
     
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