I don't understand exit onto in the following sentences:

  • Target is east and north of you, looks like Highway 56 to 17. Will intercept him if he stays on 17. Go east on 56 off Highway 2.

  • What?

  • You're going to exit onto Highway 56.

Does it mean the target is in Highway 56 and about to go to Highway 17, but the follower will intercept him if he goes to Highway 17, so he has to exit Highway 2 (currently he is in Highway 2) to go to Highway 56 to catch the target?

It's a part of the movie Sicario, I don't know if I can post a torrent link here.

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  • What's the source of those sentences? A TV show or movie? Please include it with a link (if possible). – user140086 Dec 28 '15 at 2:48

Here's how I interpret the dialog

"Target is east and north of you, looks like [if you take] Highway 56 to 17. [you] Will intercept him if he stays on 17. Go east on 56 off Highway 2."

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  • You are the best! – Baratheon Stannis Dec 28 '15 at 4:54
  • +1 excellent diagram. (Though I find it much more likely that both "you" and "the target" should be moving south toward 56; that would make the total distance traveled by both more nearly equal, making the intercept much more likely than if "you" have to cover over twice the distance in the same time. However, that's an extremely minor nitpick. :-) ) – Hellion Dec 28 '15 at 15:55

"Exit onto" can be interpreted as "leave whatever street you're on and go here." If he's on Highway 2, and he's told to "exit onto 56," that means he's supposed to leave Highway 2, driving onto Highway 56.

However, I can't follow the action precisely because it's a little confusing. It would help to either have a map or more a more detailed explanation of what's going on.

However, it sounds like the person he's talking to is on Highway 2, but the "target" is on Highway 56. So the person is being instructed to intercept the target by proceeding to Highway 56, exiting (leaving) Highway 2 in the process.

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