these dolphins can kick butt

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flowersophy

Senior Member
Chinese-China
Hi,

Does "these dolphins can kick butt" in the following sentence mean "these dolphins can be very nice"?

You think the mild friendly dolphin these dolphins can kick butt that's why they've survived for so long.

Thanks very much!
 
  • Barque

    Banned
    Tamil
    No, Flowersophy. It means they are tough and can take care of themselves. They are not always as mild as they look.
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    Please could you provide a link to the source and check that your transcription is accurate? At the moment your sentence does not make sense. You might also like to look at the threads linked by searching for kick butt.
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I agree with Andygc. There is an error somewhere. My guess is that one error is here:

    You wouldn't think the mild friendly dolphin -- these dolphins -- can kick butt that's why they've survived for so long.

    "These dolphins" is out of place too, but this might be remedied by punctuation.
     

    RM1(SS)

    Senior Member
    English - US (Midwest)
    I read it as You think [about] "the mild, friendly dolphin." These dolphins can kick butt. That's why they've survived for so long.
     
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