I was watching the new movie of Jim Carrey named Dumb and Dumber 2 when I heard some dialogue which I didn't understand. In the following text, what is the meaning of B?

A: "Well, nice catching up."

B: "Not if I see you first."


I can't say I've seen that movie, but I'm assuming it's a joke.

It's not uncommon to say "see you later," to which someone might respond "not if I see you first" as a joke. This dialogue takes it a step further, showing that character B doesn't even understand the meaning of the joke, so he uses it severely out of context.

No, pertinently, this doesn't make any direct sense in English.

  • Actually, these were the last conversation between them. the character B didn't like the way the A behaved and got sad at him.B said that sentence in an angry way. I would like to learn the meaning of not if and in order to use it. thank you – PMX128 Mar 22 '15 at 23:53
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    @English Don't use it. It is on its face very insulting to tell some you will actively avoid meeting them again; it's something you can only say to close friends, and only if they already understand that it's a joke. – StoneyB on hiatus Mar 23 '15 at 0:11

A. Means nice reconnecting after not seeing someone for some time.

B. Is probably in the context of a joke. Like person one says "See you later" as a phrase for goodbye. The responder uses the "see" literally, saying "Not if I see you first".


"If I see you first, I'll do my best to avoid you, so you don't see me and we do not have the opportunity for a so-called nice catching up."

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