they all look after their own

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Anoukmac

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French - France
Hello,

a young guy who's been arrested says to his cousin: You know what the cops are like. They all look after their own.

I'm not sure if he means that cops always defend other cops or that cops defend their own person.

What do you think?

My try: Tu connais les flics. Ils se protègent entre eux / Ils pensent d'abord à eux.

Thanks for your help :)
 
  • Uncle Bob

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    British English
    It's the former.

    For the latter, I don't think "own", alone, could be used that way, one would have to add what is being looked after e.g.

    a policeman looks after his own safety,
    a miser looks after his own pocket.
     

    Anoukmac

    Senior Member
    French - France
    It's the former.

    For the latter, I don't think "own", alone, could be used that way, one would have to add what is being looked after e.g.

    a policeman looks after his own safety,
    a miser looks after his own pocket.
    OK, great! Thanks, Uncle Bob!
    So Ils se protègent les uns les autres or something like that.
     
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