I've met lot of hard boiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes

kenny4528

Senior Member
Mandarin, Taiwan
Hi there, I come across this quote from Ace in the Hole but I don't get it, especially the use of twenty minutes:

I've met lot of hard boiled eggs in my time, but you're twenty minutes.
Could you lighten me?
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Hard-boiled = hard, tough (e.g. a detective like Sam Spade). The rest of it is just an extension - really hard-boiled.
     

    spatula

    Senior Member
    English - London (Irish ethnicity)
    It only takes 10 minutes to hard boil an egg. An egg that has been boiling for 20 minutes would indeed be hard, tough, unbreakable etc. It conjures up a funny image to hear someone called this!
     
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