I've playing a game called gta san andreas and I've ran into this phrase

Hey carl

you gotta stay nice and low on your approach or you pop up on the radar

And two questions crossed my mind that is:

Nice → the word nice used here seems strange because i've learned the word "nice" means something cool, etc. But in this phrase I suposse it means "sable" so the character is basicaly saying

you gotta stay nice and low on your approach == you gotta stay stable(the plane stable) and low on your approach

please correct if I'm wrong

and the main question is the idiom "On Someone's Approach" because I can't find this idiom anywhere, is this idiom a dialect of a specific group or something?

link of a video with context:


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    [Grammar correction: What does X mean? + Please correct me if I'm wrong] Please punctuate correctly and use proper caps. "on an approach" is pilot terminology for landing a plane. This question will probably be closed or migrated.
    – Lambie
    Apr 13 at 17:54
  • It's not an idiom. Look in the dictionary for "approach" and you'll find a definition related to flying.
    – Barmar
    Apr 13 at 18:05
  • Nice is used in phrases like "nice and easy", "nice and cool". It's a general term something like "good".
    – Stuart F
    Apr 13 at 18:09
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    ... Yes. 'Nice and low' connotes 'low enough for things not to turn nasty'. // 'on your approach' uses a metaphorical usage of 'on', meaning 'during'/'throughout'. But the sense is better paraphrased as 'as you approach the target'. Apr 13 at 18:25
  • Merriam-Webster has "nice and" at merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nice%20and
    – Peter
    Apr 14 at 3:55

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The game is using aviation terminology. An "approach" is the phase of the flight where you are "approaching" something - usually an airport if you are a normal plane, a target if you are military.

So "stay low on your approach" means to stay low when you are approaching the place you want to get to. Radars work less well when the target is near the ground, so this makes sense.

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