Nikita
Step out of line and we cash you in for insurance. Hello! In an American crime drama, a policeman works undercover. A mysterious female caller: "Hey pretty boy, I've been hearing stories. Word on the street is you've got skills. We've got a contract for a boy like you. No questions asked, big payoff. Step out of line and we cash you in for insurance. Do you know what I'm saying?" Could you, please, explain to me what "we cash you in for insurance" means here? EDITED: She's offering him a job. The contract is for him to steal an expensive sports car. By doing so, the deep undercover policeman proves to be "legit" and becomes a member of her gang. Thank you!
Nov 13, 2018 5:40 AM
Answers · 7
I agree with part of Carl's interpretation. But I think that the caller is offering a contract TO the man, offering to pay him to perform a killing using his "skills." But if he "steps out of line" by not doing exactly what they ask, then they will have him killed.
November 13, 2018
We will have you killed. My understanding of the the whole segment is something like this: Hey pretty boy = We know who you are I've been hearing stories = We know what you are doing We have a contract for a boy like you = We have offered money to have you killed No questions asked. Big payoff = The contract is for alot of money Step out of line and we cash you in for insurance = Stop what you are doing or you will soon be dead.
November 13, 2018
I was concerned that I might have not understood the full context of the situation. So, I guessed the context incorrectly. The meaning of the phrase 'Step out of line and we cash you in for insurance' in your scenario - 'step out of line' = screw the job up & 'we cash you in for insurance' = you don't get to join (or worse). thats my best guess
November 13, 2018
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