# The meaning of "to be x years out from putting two and two together"

During a conversation someone said that he is x years out from putting two and two together with gadolinium poisoning. What is the meaning of "to be x years out from"? I know the meaning of "putting two and two together" ... Thanks!

• ... a long way off ... Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 9:47
• Unclear what this means: "putting two and two together with gadolinium poisoning". Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 10:57
• gadolinium - an x-ray contrast chemical
– lbf
Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 12:15
• Yes I know that (rolls eyes) but what does the whole quoted thing mean? Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 13:56
• He said it actually using the letter eks? Then yes, it means a long way off (in time), or some unspecified length of time. Or did he say something like "10 years out"? Then he means 10 years away (in the future or in the past). Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 12:49

Based upon your comment of another answer, I'm not sure you're parsing the question properly:

I'm x years out

is to imply you're a number (x) many years away from accomplishing:

putting 2 and 2 together with

Making a basic understanding of ...

He's not saying that he has been poisoned with gadolinium, rather that he's studying people who have.

out OED the sense of:

Revealed, made known, no longer a secret.

As in: TFD

In the time following; afterward: "to gauge economic conditions six months out" (Christian Science Monitor).

In this case, gadolinium's use and its medical complications became apparent ~ 6 years ago.

X is used in maths as an undetermined number, so to be "x years out" from something means an unknown amount of time, but a time that is none the less measured in years.

• I didn't downvote your answer, but I suspect the OP is more interested in the "years out" part than the "x" (though yours is technically a valid interpretation of the question). Commented Sep 14, 2019 at 13:39
• Hello: So the person who is suffering from gadolinium poisoning put two and two together x years ago? Thank you for your help once again! Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 2:06