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There is a scene in the movie Drinking Buddies where Gene and Luke are talking in a bar.

Gene: I've been ten minutes out since I got here. I had one of these, and then I said, "I'm gonna have one of those," and then here I am.

Luke: Yeah, it's hard once it starts going in.

What does I've been ten minutes out since I got here mean? Does it mean Gene has been there for ten minutes? The scene appears to be after they have been at the bar for a while, longer than 10 minutes. So I don't quite understand what Gene means here.

  • Is there anything earlier in the conversation about traveling to the bar? ten minutes out usually means "ten minutes away, arriving in ten minutes". It seems like a drunken paradox to me: "I've been ten minutes away since I got in the door." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 2 at 10:29
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Actually the "to be out" phrase can be used in many ways. It depends on a context. I hope a dictionary (https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/be+out) and a repeat of the scene will help you.

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