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In Runaway Jury (2003), after unsuccessful cross examination, a defendant confronts their attorney:

Attorney: We've got damage-control strategies, and your testimony before cross was strong.

Defendant: Oh, you, you! I mean, you are the one that told me denial was the route to take here. I was improperly prepped.

Attorney: Look--

Defendant: You, get out of here.

What does "denial was the route" mean?

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Here "route" is being used in the sense of "path or course". The defendant is saying that he was advised to deny whatever the events under discussion were.

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