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.

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    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 '19 at 10:29
  • This doesn't appear to mean anything, except drunken people talking nonsense. – James K Mar 8 at 21:11
  • There is not enough context in your example to determine what was meant. The phrase you are asking about would generally mean you are ten minutes away from something happening or from something having happened. In your example, however, we cannot tell and it's possible that in situation the meaning in contextually different than the two I suggested. – EllieK Jul 14 at 13:52

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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