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In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Dr Strange meets Sinister Strange, who is guarding Darhold:

Sinister Strange: Here's the deal. I'll let you use the Darkhold if you give me your Christine.

Dr Strange: Yeah. I don't think she's gonna go for that.

Sinister Strange: No? Didn't think so.

What does "Yeah" mean?

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    To the people close voting for "entirely answerable with a dictionary", can you find a dictionary entry that defines "yeah" such that it fits this context, and doesn't mean "yes" in response to a proposal? I can't.
    – gotube
    Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 18:39
  • Compare Yeah, no | What does it mean?. I think there are also similar questions on English Language and Usage.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Oct 24, 2023 at 9:00
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    @gotube M-W says "often used sarcastically in phrases like yeah, right and yeah, sure to express doubt or disbelief". Wiktionary has an example where a person responding uses yeah then contradicts the first person. Collins refers you to yes which includes "You can use yes to suggest that you do not believe or agree with what the previous speaker has said, especially when you want to express your annoyance about it."
    – Stuart F
    Commented Oct 24, 2023 at 9:05
  • @StuartF The Wiktionary definition is exactly right, but as it's user-edited, it cannot be considered "reputable", and I wouldn't want our users consulting it as a primary source, especially when no reputable dictionary supports it. As for the M-W, this context isn't sarcastic. With the Collins definition, this context doesn't express disbelief, disagreement or annoyance. The proof is that we cannot replace "Yeah" with "Yes" in the OP's quote.
    – gotube
    Commented Oct 24, 2023 at 21:41

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"yeah" is informal/conversation for "yes". It acknowledges the other person's remark but when delivered with a tone of sarcasm or irony indicates that what the other person has said is not possible or is not true:

Yeah. That's not gonna happen.

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  • Yeah. It can be just be a way of saying 'I understand what you just said'. Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 17:42
  • Or ironically in the sense of "no". "Oh, sure, I'll just give you my Christine".
    – Joachim
    Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 20:24
  • And then there’s the seemingly (but actually not) contradictory “Yeah, no,” which means something like, “I get what you’re saying, but there ain’t no way that’s gonna happen.” Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 21:31
  • And I shouldn’t fail to mention the (likely apocryphal) story about the mathematician at a lecture who asks, “Of course, negating a negated statement results in a positive, but it doesn’t work the other way around,” only to be heckled by another voice in the crowd, “Yeah, yeah.” Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 21:38
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    @PaulTanenbaum I was actually at a lecture/presentation by a guest speaker where that happened. Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 22:33

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