Posted by R. Berg on March 03, 2004
In Reply to: Or, perhaps... posted by Bob on March 03, 2004
: : : The vet in the Hospital for animals gives the cat's owner the medical documents before releasing him and says:
: : : If you just take that through they?ll *sort you out*.
: : : "sort you out" - what does she mean?
: : : Will they release him, or deal with him?
: : : I guess she means the reception.
: : : Thank you very much
: : In this instance it means to finalise the details of payment, etc. It usually implies this type of arrangement BUT, in the criminal world, it means to beat up someone; do them some sort of harm; finalise their activities in a particular sphere. Not nice in this context.
: The papers will give the owner clear instructions, how to deal with the "aftercare." This paperwork will clarify (help you sort out) the information about treatment.
The meaning of "sort out" differs, I think, between British and U.S. usage.