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This the famous script from the movie Enter the Dragon.

Han:

We are all ready to win, just as we are born knowing only life. It is defeat that you must learn to prepare for.

Williams:

I Don't waste my time with it. When it comes, I won't even notice.

Han:

Oh? How so?

Williams:

I'll be too busy looking good.

I did not understand the last line. What does Williams mean by saying busy looking good?

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    To be too busy [doing something]. It's always slightly sarcastic. If you are too busy [doing something], you don't have time to do whatever the other person says or wants. – Lambie Jan 26 at 17:02
  • It's a rather "facetious" usage, because looking good is normally a relatively "passive" action, so you wouldn't usually be busy doing it. But Williams just means he expects to be strutting and crowing over his victory (since he doesn't expect to be defeated, he's not interested in preparing for that possible outcome). Or maybe he's so obsessed with "looking good" that he won't be distracted from doing that even if he is defeated. You can make up your own mind on that score. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jan 26 at 17:04
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    @Anatolii: Not really, because I've voted to close for lack of research. It should be no problem for learners to understand the meaning of each individual word as spoken by Williams, which to my mind makes it trivial to extrapolate the overall meaning (though as I pointed out, in practice there's scope for at least a couple of rather different implications). But these are matters of "situational interpretation", and I'd expect anyone actually following the movie to be able to select the most likely of the two possibilities I gave above. That's just common sense, not language. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jan 26 at 17:43
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    @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica To me, for whom English is a foreign language the question sounds interesting. Additionally, understanding each individual word is not always sufficient to extrapolate the overall meaning. Nevertheless, I accept that you may disagree with that. – Anatolii Jan 26 at 17:55
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    @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica You know the usage is "facetious." You know the phrasing is "slightly sarcastic." You know it's a matter of "situational interpretation" with at least a "couple of interpretations." And you still think that English language learners should have no trouble understanding the line if they researched the meaning of each word? Wow. – user105719 Jan 26 at 18:05
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It's a rather "facetious" usage, because looking good is normally a relatively "passive" action, so you wouldn't usually be busy doing it. But Williams just means he expects to be strutting and crowing over his victory (since he doesn't expect to be defeated, he's not interested in preparing for that possible outcome). Or maybe he's so obsessed with "looking good" that he won't be distracted from doing that even if he is defeated. You can make up your own mind on that score.

– Comment of FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica.

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