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Re: The Things You See When You Haven't Got Your Gun

Posted by ESC on May 16, 2001

In Reply to: The Things You See When You Haven't Got Your Gun posted by Alisha on May 16, 2001

: "The Things You See When You Haven't Got Your Gun"

: Heard this phrase numerous times in the British sitcom "Are You Being Served?". I was wondering what exactly it means, when one uses it, and any derivations or history behind it.

: Thanx!

I imagine the phrase is along the same lines as the (I presume) American phrase -- I wish I had my camera -- said when one sees something worthy of a photo. The sight could be beautiful or awful. "The things you see when you haven't got your gun" would mean (I'm guessing) the sight is of something that needs to be shot. Literally.