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Old January 09, 2020, 06:38 PM
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¿Qué le cayó?

What does this mean?
It suggests. " What happened to him? " but I don't see how you get that and why would he think the other died, perhaps they usually only employ a new worker when the previous one dies.
Does he mean "fell ill" and unable to work.


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-¿Qué le cayó?
-El otro no murió, así que le cayó sólo un año. Seguro que ya está libre
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Old January 09, 2020, 09:03 PM
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A common expression is me cayó bien/mal,

It usually means it disagreed with me, or it went well with me. So, as you assumed what happened is what it means. A more direct translation might be,
how did things land with him?
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"Caer bien/mal" is as Poli said, but here it rather seems to be "how many years he got as a sentence".

I assume there was an accident at work for which two men were responsible. One died and the other had to make time in jail.

It's not the way anyone I know would ask this, but that's what I get from the dialogue.

We'd probably rather ask: "¿cuántos años le cayeron?" or something like that, I think.

Without any context, I would have thought that the question would be asking literally what kind of object had (physically) fallen upon the person, or if he had caught some sort of illness.
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Thank you both for the responses,
very useful, I didn't notice anything in the text that suggested further clues but perhaps I need to check it again.

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Old January 12, 2020, 12:13 AM
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Angelica,
You are exactly correct, on checking I had forgotten that the fellow had stabbed the other man but not mortally. So it is clear now.

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