working that idiom

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sun Apr 30 18:15:05 UTC 2006

Nancy Franklin, "On Television: Home and Away" (on David Mamet's "The
Unit"), The New Yorker 5/1/06, p. 91:

Irby's character tends to come in handy when the unit needs an
"ethnic" cover--he can start up a soccer game with a bunch of Latinos
near a suspicious warehouse, if need be, and need does be in one

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