(...)someone at one stage removed from my life

Krybro

Senior Member
Polish
Anyway, she came round after our heart-to-heart and I went off to offer a lift to my cousin's old schoolfriend, who lives in the States - I hadn't seen him for five years. Well, he looked me between the eyes and said, 'You've always loved Abby, so how come you're not married yet - get a grip, Steve.'

So I did, leapt in the car without him, drove back and proposed. It's funny though, it had taken someone at one stage removed from my life to state the obvious.



What does the phrase in bold mean? I can't really figure it out :( Thanks
 
  • PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    someone at one stage removed from my life = someone who was not directly involved [in the problems] in my life; someone who was outside my normal circle of friends;

    Removed (post-positional adjective) = separated; separate; outside; away.
     
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