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JuriTerreni

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Chinese-China
From TV series<The Deuce>,
Two police officers are talking.
Alston - Now, I'm thinking, "Motherfucker, I'm short-timing, and here you are trying to send me to the pearly gates, and my black ass ain't ready to go."

What does short-timing mean ? Thank you.
 
  • sdgraham

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    USA English
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    short-tim•er (shôrtmər), n. [Informal.]
    1. Informal Termsa person, as a soldier, who has a short period of time left to serve on a tour of duty.
    [short time + -er1]
     

    Copyright

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    American English
    No context, did you notice that? :D

    I would guess that the second police officer wants Alston to do something dangerous, and Alston says that he's a short-timer – someone with very little time before he retires – and what he wants Alston to do could get Alston killed (before he retires and starts enjoying life).

    Does that fit?

    Agreeably cross-posted.
     

    JuriTerreni

    Senior Member
    Chinese-China
    No context, did you notice that? :D

    I would guess that the second police officer wants Alston to do something dangerous, and Alston says that he's a short-timer – someone with very little time before he retires – and what he wants Alston to do could get Alston killed (before he retires and starts enjoying life).

    Does that fit?

    Agreeably cross-posted.
    I think it fits. Although there's no context, the scene starts with Alston talking.
     
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