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I heard this dialogue in a drama:

Tom: Let me introduce my baby brother, Jack.
Jack: Unless of the 'baby', thank you!

I wonder what does 'unless of' mean there? Or it is actually 'unless off'? I've checked a dictionary and haven't found such an expression.

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To add to Shoe's answer, perhaps it was:

"Uh, less of the baby, thank you."

And "less of..." is like saying "there is too much of...". As used in this expression, "the baby" means "talking about / saying 'baby'". (He is not referring to any actual baby.)

Jack is telling Tom, "Please stop calling me your 'baby' brother."

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I believe it is a mistranscription of

And less of the 'baby', thank you!

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It should be Less of the baby, thank you. You use the expression "Less of the .. " to signal disagreement with what you have just heard. Here it means something like: Hey, I'm not a baby any more.

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    +1 By the way is it possible Except for baby, thank you! and what is the difference. – speedyGonzales May 21 '12 at 6:41
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    Except for baby, thank you does not work in this context. You could say: Except I'm not a baby or something similar, but this would tend to remove the jokey nature of the original expression. – Shoe May 21 '12 at 8:28

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