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When I saw Shape of Water, the movie, I heard the following dialogue:

Now, that's one thing. That's real decent of him. But the other kind of decency... it doesn't really matter. We sell it, but it's an export. We sell it because we don't use it.

I didn't get the meaning of 'export'. Why was the general talking about export all of a sudden? Is there any hidden meaning of 'export'?

  • I suggest you ask this on movies.stackexchange.com – user067531 Mar 15 '18 at 16:03
  • I'd guess that 'export' is used here as a metaphor, 'anything "sold" (/ peddled) to make "money" (gain favour with / favours from) others'. You probably won't find this metaphorical sense in many dictionaries. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 15 '18 at 17:12

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