I had a teacher in high school who, whenever someone asked a stupid question, would say “a buck three-eighty-two.” I once asked him what it meant, and he just looked at me in a weird way, as if I should have known what he was talking about, and changed the subject. Another time I asked him about it, he told me to look it up.
I am puzzled and baffled by this phrase. “A buck three-eighty-two.” At least that’s what I think he was saying.
To give some background: the guy was a former steelworker, and had also worked as a delivery courier for a handgun shop. The class he taught was law education. He was a crime buff and obsessed with criminology and legal studies.
What did this cryptic phrase mean? Was it something from the lingo of one of these subcultures that he was involved in?