I was watching the TV show "White Collar" (episode: Parting Shots).

The FBI arrests a man who transferred money illegally into his own account.

Below is a comment made by an FBI agent:

We made the window for Forensics to track the bank transfer.
Money's been recovered.

What does We made the window mean?
Does that mean We created an opportunity?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Note: The episode's transcript can be found at: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=white-collar&episode=s04e04

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We don't have the full context and I can see two possible interpretations.

One is that the agent is using window to mean a period of time. In some way they manipulated events so that there was time for the forensic team to perform some analysis.

I use window in this sense in my IT work: System X is taken down for maintenance on Sunday evenings from 19:00 to 23:00. This gives us a window in which we can upgrade System Y.]

We sometimes use the phrase window of opportunity for this kind of limited time period in which to act.

A second possible meaning is that somehow they created a way for forensics to have visibility of some information, for example by obtaining access to a computer system: the forensics team have a window into the system.

In the absence of additional context I guess that this second meaning is probably what it meant.

  • Thank you very much for your help! Your explanation was very easy for me to understand. English is not my first language, so I really appreciate your help.
    – kei
    Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 8:13
  • See also definition (4) macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/window. I'd say that the first meaning in your answer is the closest.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 13:41
  • Thank you for the link! I agree that the first meaning in djna's answer is the closest.
    – kei
    Commented Mar 10, 2015 at 19:49

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