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On TV shows like "CSI," viewers get to watch as investigators find and collect evidence at the scene of a crime, making blood appear as if by magic and swabbing every mouth in the vicinity. Many of us believe we have a pretty good grip on the process, and rumor has it criminals are getting a jump on the good guys using tips they pick up from these shows about forensics.

(1) What is the exact meaning of the sentence highlighted in bold letters?

(2) What is the grammatical function of each word in this sentence?
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Hi,

rumor has it criminals are getting a jump on the good guys using tips they pick up from these shows about forensics.

(1) What is the exact meaning of the sentence highlighted in bold letters?

rumor has it there is a rumour that

criminals are

getting a jump on gaining an advantage over

the good guys non-criminals, and in this case, I think, specifically cops

using

tips hints, pointers, new ideas

they pick up from gain from, learn from

these shows about forensics.

(2) What is the grammatical function of each word in this sentence?

I assume you don't want a simple explanation, so perhaps someone else will offer you a more complex and subtle one.

Best wishes, Clive
Thanks for the step-by-step and clear explanation, Clive.
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Rumor has it criminals are getting a jump on the good guys using tips they pick up from these shows about forensics.

People are saying that criminals are [becoming more clever than / gaining an advantage over] the police by applying bits of knowledge that they learn by watching these television shows about the science of solving crimes.

CJ
Does this make the word-functions clearer, Rish?

1. Rumor has it (that) criminals are getting a jump on the good guys (by) using tips (that) they [i.e. the criminals] pick up from these shows about forensics.

MrP
CalifJimRumor has it criminals are getting a jump on the good guys using tips they pick up from these shows about forensics.

People are saying that criminals are [becoming more clever than / gaining an advantage over] the police by applying bits of knowledge that they learn by watching these television shows about the science of solving crimes.

CJ
Thanks CJ.
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MrPedanticDoes this make the word-functions clearer, Rish?

1. Rumor has it (that) criminals are getting a jump on the good guys (by) using tips (that) they [i.e. the criminals] pick up from these shows about forensics.

MrP

Yes, MrP. Thanks for your explanation.