Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This is from CSI NY. Two investigators are examining a victim's body.

Joe: Well, I almost ran out of here. Any idea who she is?

Mic: No. Definitely doesn't work in the lab.

share|improve this question
5  
This'll need more context before the meaning can be identified. Why can't it just mean what it looks like (Joe almost ran out of the place)? –  Daniel Oct 31 '11 at 19:23
1  
Without more context, I think this is "Not a real question". –  FumbleFingers Oct 31 '11 at 22:26
    
...perhaps it's just a mistranscription for I almost ran over her. Admittedly he'd be more likely to say almost tripped over her, but we're clutching at straws here... –  FumbleFingers Oct 31 '11 at 22:30
    
I wonder if it was so gruesome the person nearly ran away? –  simchona Nov 1 '11 at 0:36
add comment

closed as not a real question by Jasper Loy, aedia λ, Matt Эллен, FumbleFingers, simchona Nov 1 '11 at 0:15

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1 Answer

From the context given, it appears intended to be parsed as "ran" (verb, past tense of "run": to move at a very fast pace) "out of here" (away from the current location).

(Not as in "ran out of" (ended up with no items left of) "here" (the current location), which clearly doesn't make any sense.)

One presumes that Joe was very surprised and scared upon discovering the victim's body in the lab, and almost ran away because he was so frightened.

share|improve this answer
    
+1, finding the audio would remove all doubt - or if Cheryl could explain where the stress (pause) was. –  Unreason Oct 31 '11 at 20:47
    
Given that Joe is a CSI NY "investigator", it's unlikely he'd be freaked out by finding a body anywhere. –  FumbleFingers Oct 31 '11 at 22:28
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.