[SOLVED] Meaning of the word

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Hello! This might be a silly question, but can anybody tell me that is the meaning of the word "pop" in line "Pop the grate at the crack of dawn, sing"?

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Leader of the Balkan Squad
Joined: 14.10.2016

Hello!
I personally don't think it's a silly question; sometimes, slang can be a language of its own (kind of like Jamaican patois). My best guess is that it means the individual is lifting the grate up, "pop" replacing "lift".

Moderator of the avant-garde
Joined: 05.04.2012

I also believe it means 'lift'.

And no question is a silly one Wink smile

whimsical chatterbox
Joined: 14.09.2013

apparently that refers to a phone call in the early morning, so I suppose "grate" is meant as "annoyance" and "pop the grate" as "being a nuisance". This is Usnavi's own English, as far as I can tell.

Editor Francophony
Joined: 14.10.2014

Hmm - it sounds like he's running a little business selling drinks and snacks.
So pop the grate and wipe down the awning - sounds like he's raising the security grate that protects the window and wiping down the shop awning ready for business.

Despite the notes on 'genius' I don't think grate means annoyance this time. :-)

whimsical chatterbox
Joined: 14.09.2013

Hehe serves me right for believing the genius

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Joined: 07.08.2016

I am very grateful to everyone for helping!
But I had a new question Regular smile The word "sing" refers to "pop" (figure of speech) or to something else? I hope you understand what I mean.

Editor Francophony
Joined: 14.10.2014

I think it's just what he's doing, opening up the shop while singing to himself - he's in a good mood! :-)

Editor Francophony
Joined: 14.10.2014

...yeah in fact it's a fragmented sentence:

Pop the grate at the crack of dawn, sing
(While I wipe down the awning)
"Hey y’all, good morning!"

Or to put it another way:

Raise up the grating at the crack of dawn,
As I wipe down the awning I sing "Hey good morning everyone"

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Joined: 07.08.2016

Thanks a lot! Regular smile

Joined: 09.04.2017

Yes, it's referring to lifting the gate.

Another example to that same usage of "pop" would be with cars. If you want to ask someone to open the hood or trunk of a car, you can say "pop the hood" or "pop the trunk."