Idiomatic expressions

Posted by ESC on November 04, 2003

In Reply to: Idiomatic expressions in "Minority Report" posted by ESC on November 04, 2003

: : Well, I just got my DVD "Minority Report" and there are some English/American specific idioms and phrases that look completely unknown to me.
: : So could you help?

: : 1. "we're to give him the run of the farm" means "we're going to explain him how the things work here"?

: : 2. "recorded on holosphere by PreCrime's Q-stacks."
: : What the hell is Q-stacks. As far as I see that some kind of computer term concerned with PreCrime Department hardware equipment...

: : 3. Howard's wife said in order to reject his invitation for lunch:
: : "I have an open house at the Ressler place."
: : Does she meant she is some kind of real eestate dealer and had a vacant house at some "Ressler place"?
: : What does she meant by this?

: : Thanks in advance, I'm sure there will be more of them. ;)

: 1. Do you keep the dog in the kitchen or does he have the run of the house? Is he restricted to one area or can he go everywhere? Merriam Webster online: RUN 2 a : to go without restraint : move freely about at will. Let chickens run loose.

: 2. Q-stacks. Don't know this one.

: 3. Open house. In the context you gave, it would mean that people could drop by and go through a house for sale without an appointment. It also has a social meaning: We had a Christmas "open house" on December 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.

open house
Function: noun
Date: 15th century
1 : ready and usually informal hospitality or entertainment for all comers
2 : a house or apartment open for inspection especially by prospective buyers or tenants