He felt nakedly unarmed, and wondered how far the serrated steak knife by his plate might get him. What is the meaning of this sentence

  • Hello, Nikhil. 'He' is or at least feels threatened, by nasty people near him, no doubt. 'he wondered how far the serrated steak knife by his plate might get him' means 'he wondered if he could get out of this tight spot with his only weapon being a steak knife'. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 1 '19 at 15:15
  • Nakedly unarmed as opposed to what? Equipped but unarmed? I would expect a phrase like markedly unarmed, but I don't have a clue what nakedly unarmed means. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 1 '19 at 19:15
  • Thanks Edwin Ashworth – Nikhil Jul 2 '19 at 6:21

As I understand it, the expression here means: He wondered how well he could defend himself using the steak knife as a weapon. To "go far" can have an idiomatic meaning of lasting or surviving in a given situation. So the knife, while not designed to be a weapon, could still help him "get far" in a dangerous situation.

  • Nakedly unarmed also implies that this person normally is armed with a weapon, i.e., feels naked with his gun/knife. – Mattman944 Jul 1 '19 at 23:17
  • Thanks Wes court – Nikhil Jul 2 '19 at 6:21

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