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Hi, What is the meaning of" the estate" and "He shrugged as if it grew on trees in the following text:

Bruce was hoping for two hundred or so and refused flinch at three hundred. He would pay half, as would the estate.He could afford it, and Ms. Shelby sitting across from him with a smirk damned well knew it.

He shrugged as if it grew on trees and said, "Deal. Now what do we get for the money?"

Furthermore does it mean that the estate will pay the other half? Or the overall paymeant would be half of three hundred thousand?

Thanks

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Your estate means everything that you have when you die,

eg your money, your investments, your business, your house, your car.

There are many legal questions that relate to what happens to all that when you die, eg who owns it now?Is it taxed?


as if it grew on trees This alludes to well-known saying Money doesn't grow on trees It means 'Money is not easy to get, so be careful with it when you get some.

Clive

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Bruce was hoping for two hundred or so and refused TO flinch at three hundred. He would pay half, as would the estate.He could afford it, and Ms. Shelby sitting across from him with a smirk damned well knew it.

He shrugged as if it grew on trees and said, "Deal. Now what do we get for the money?"

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What is still unclear to me is the meaning of "as would the estate"

What does it mean? Does it mean that the estate would pay the another half? Yes, that's how I interpret it.

It's a tiny bit unclear. A clearer way to say it would be eg He would pay half and the estate would pay the other half. Usually, the broader context of the story clarifies the meaning.

Clive

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Thanks for the reply. What is still unclear to me ,is the meaning of " as would the estate"

What does it mean? Does it mean that the estate would pay the another half?

Your comments would be highly appreciated.

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