In the movie Michael Clayton, a conversation takes place between Michael Clayton, lawyer, and his cop friend.

Cop: Now I owe this scumbag and his wife who's a complete piece of shit in my unit. Now I owe them both my balls.

Michael: I'm sorry. You know I am.

Cop (imitating Michael): "Nobody will know it's me." You know what happens they don't bury this, that I gave you this?

Michael: It's bad. I know it.

Cop: I'm 18 months away from my 20. You just put my pension in jeopardy.

It appears 20 here means retirement. I know 20 is a slang word meaning location, but what does it mean here?

  • I agree with Mike, the cop is saying he is 18 months away from retiring after 20 years service. – Douglasvw Jul 3 '18 at 12:24
  • Interesting to see 20 there as a sort of wordplay. Where's his mind? Its 20 is on his 20. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 3 '18 at 21:16

In this case "20" means "20 years of service," meaning he is likely eligible for pension and/or other retirement benefits at that point.

  • To be clear: he could “retire” after 10, 15, or 19.5 years - or 25 or 30 years. It’s just that after 20 years of service in many professions, you qualify for significant retirement benefits. It’s used to keep people in those professions for longer. – John Burger Jul 4 '18 at 23:22
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    @JohnBurger I've clarified my answer. – Mike Harris Jul 5 '18 at 0:10

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