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14th Aug '17 6:35:54 PM OddHack
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[[FridgeLogic If you think about it]], this is really a very odd phrase to use in a regular professional capacity, as that kind of vagary can easily lead to misunderstandings and somewhat belies the usefulness of giving orders in the first place. But it can be {{justified|Trope}} when the order is given over an insecure channel, like a public telephone, to avoid incrimination. Often the "you know what to do" involves [[DeadlyEuphemism killing somebody]]. May involve nonverbal communication like handing someone a gun. May be subverted, if the recipient decides to turn the tables and do something unexpected, or just misunderstands and takes the phrase in a different way than intended. Still, despite its particular age, this trope is more often played straight than lampshaded.

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[[FridgeLogic If you think about it]], this is really a very odd phrase to use in a regular professional capacity, as that kind of vagary can easily lead to misunderstandings and somewhat belies the usefulness of giving orders in the first place. But it can be {{justified|Trope}} when the order is given over an insecure channel, like a public telephone, to avoid incrimination. Often the "you know what to do" involves [[DeadlyEuphemism killing somebody]]. May be an attempt to maintain PlausibleDeniability. May involve nonverbal communication like handing someone a gun. May be subverted, if the recipient decides to turn the tables and do something unexpected, or just misunderstands and takes the phrase in a different way than intended. Still, despite its particular age, this trope is more often played straight than lampshaded.
30th May '17 6:52:31 PM nombretomado
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* Variations of this were used ''all the time'' on TheWestWing. The implication is that the characters were all so smart and good at their jobs and in tune with each other that they could leave some things unsaid. Unfortunately, the audience sometimes ended up confused.

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* Variations of this were used ''all the time'' on TheWestWing.''Series/TheWestWing''. The implication is that the characters were all so smart and good at their jobs and in tune with each other that they could leave some things unsaid. Unfortunately, the audience sometimes ended up confused.



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11th Jan '16 6:18:53 PM phoenix
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* ''ZeroWing''

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* ''ZeroWing''''VideoGame/ZeroWing''
12th Oct '15 6:25:08 PM LordOfTheSword
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In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Oreg to Ward. Subverted in that he's Ward's slave, not his boss. [[spoiler: Played straight in that it involves killing. Killing Oreg, that is.]]

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\n* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Oreg to Ward. Subverted in that he's Ward's slave, not his boss. [[spoiler: Played straight in that it involves killing. Killing Oreg, that is.]]
26th Jun '15 4:23:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''KyleXY'' episode "The List Is Life"

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* ''KyleXY'' ''Series/KyleXY'' episode "The List Is Life"
12th Mar '15 1:34:17 PM Gowan
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In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Oreg to Ward. Subverted in that he's Ward's slave, not his boss. [[spoiler: Played straight in that it involves killing. Killing Oreg, that is.]]
3rd Mar '15 2:39:23 PM LentilSandEater
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* Lampshaded in ''Film/ReignOfFire'':

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* Lampshaded Subverted in ''Film/ReignOfFire'':
25th Jan '15 3:16:46 PM genisgone
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* In ''HotFuzz'', after Chief Inspector Butterman is finally convinced that the scene of an "accident" might be a murder, he rattles off orders to each of the police officers on the scene, finishing with this phrase to the two main characters. Cut to them standing around, holding down the crime scene.

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* In ''HotFuzz'', ''Film/HotFuzz'', after Chief Inspector Butterman is finally convinced that the scene of an "accident" might be a murder, he rattles off orders to each of the police officers on the scene, finishing with this phrase to the two main characters. Cut to them standing around, holding down the crime scene.
1st Nov '14 6:39:25 AM Odon
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Used for a BaitAndSwitch in "Double or Nothing". Angel is playing an AbsurdlyHigh-StakesGame that if he loses will cost him his soul (which will turn him evil). He hands Cordy a wooden stake and says she knows what to do if that happens, implying a StakingTheLovedOne scene. When Angel does lose the game, Cordy instead rams the stake through the BigBad's palm, holding him in place so Angel can lop off his head.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Used for a BaitAndSwitch in "Double or Nothing". Angel is playing an AbsurdlyHigh-StakesGame AbsurdlyHighStakesGame that if he loses will cost him his soul (which will turn him evil). He hands Cordy a wooden stake and says she knows what to do if that happens, implying a StakingTheLovedOne scene. When Angel does lose the game, Cordy instead rams the stake through the BigBad's palm, holding him in place so Angel can lop off his head.
1st Nov '14 6:38:47 AM Odon
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Used for a BaitAndSwitch in "Double or Nothing". Angel is playing an AbsurdlyHigh-StakesGame that if he loses will cost him his soul (which will turn him evil). He hands Cordy a wooden stake and says she knows what to do if that happens, implying a StakingTheLovedOne scene. When Angel does lose the game, Cordy instead rams the stake through the BigBad's palm, holding him in place so Angel can lop off his head.
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