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The movie is Tau.

That is what the English subtitle says. Maybe an "a" missing from the subtitles? "trying to pick up A trade"? surrounding dialogue:

- What's wrong with her?
- Maybe the thing fried her brain.
- Do you know what it's for? This thing.
- I don't know. One night I'm out trying to pick up trade and next thing I know I wake up in this place. What about you?

(the person who said this has been kidnapped)

Please native English speakers, help me understand this expression. Thank you

  • More context please. Who said this? When? Where? Please use edit to edit your question. Make sure the body contains the full question, and tells us what you have done already (eg which dictionaries you have used) – James K Jul 6 '18 at 8:21
  • The movie is Tau. – Simon Jul 6 '18 at 9:23
  • That is what the English subtitle says. Maybe an "a" missing from the subtitles? "trying to pick up A trade"? surrounding dialogue: "- What's wrong with her? - Maybe the thing fried her brain. - Do you know what it's for? This thing. - I don't know. One night I'm out trying to pick up trade and next thing I know I wake up in this place. What about you?" – Simon Jul 6 '18 at 9:29
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"Trade" is a mass noun, and doesn't usually take "a". (It can be a count noun in the sense of "an individual swap or transaction").

"Pick up trade" here means "get some customers" - I assume she is a prostitute. (I don't know anything about the film in question - I'm just basing this one what you've told us above).

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lol i just looked this up because I assume I am watching the same movie on netflix you did. I would assume based upon the context and all that...the guy was a hooker and he meant he was looking for people to pay him for sex.

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