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---- bile-shot, have the advantage of
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:05:24 am »
A large face, seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and marked with every evil passion, was turned from one to the other of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin, fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey.

“Which of you is Holmes?” asked this apparition.

“My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me,” said my companion quietly.
  (from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "bile-shot".  Which does it mean, jaundiced or angry?
Please explain "have the advantage of".  Does it mean "I told you my name but you have not told me yours"?

Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: ---- bile-shot, have the advantage of
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2019, 09:10:33 am »
Jaundiced. Possibly as a result of over indulgence.
Not "I have told you" but "you already know mine but I do not know yours."
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