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In a short story I'm reading, two people are arguing. One insists there wasn't any beef for sale in the market, the other doesn't believe her. She insists, he says:


I've tried googling, and there are lots of variations on this phrasing, but I haven't found anything that makes it clear what it means. Has anyone run across this?

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老子 is a rude way of referring to oneself, so literally, this means:


Tell me again that there isn’t any...


What this actually implies is open to interpretation. It could be:


Don’t you dare tell me again that there isn’t any.

If you say again that there isn’t any (then you’ll regret it)


In my opinion, it is bordering on threatening, and it seems rather over the top for the situation you described (unless it was just said as a joke).

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Thanks. It might be over the top for the situation I described, but I left out some things to keep it simple.


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