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Game - guess Polish idioms/sayings in direct English translation


Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
21 Mar 2019 #181
in Polish it expresses disbelief or amazement

Ok, thanks Maf :)
Ironside 48 | 9,900
21 Mar 2019 #182
Ok, my interpretation of that idiom is that 'not all efforts produce a result' - not all flour will turn into bread, but some will

well , that saying is rather precise. I mean it refers to a specify issue from a point of view of a saying-user(sic). It doesn't generalizes like most of saying.

Such and such thingy not gonna work - says A or he can say - insert saying - that. Makes him look sage and savvy rather than a gossiping bitter fart that he is. lol

Besides that saying is not oft used nor popular. Its alive to some extent due to literature. I'm sure there are any people in Poland that never heard it.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
21 Mar 2019 #183
To be like two peas in a pod?

Yes. And from another barrel is a seperate idiom, it means: let`s start a new topic.
Ziemowit 12 | 3,609
21 Mar 2019 #184
Here is how Joanna Rawik sings about it (1967) - song entitled:

Not all flour turns into bread

OP pawian 161 | 9,971
21 Mar 2019 #185
To put/insert a pin into sb.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
21 Mar 2019 #186
Here is how Joanna Rawik sings about it (1967)

I'm sure you meant to put a link in, but I googled it out of interest. Not my type of music but she does have a lovely voice :)

To put/insert a pin into sb

Still in pondering mode..........
Ziemowit 12 | 3,609
22 Mar 2019 #187
but I googled it out of interest

I did put a link, it was still there yesterday evening, but it seems the new policy of the forum seems to be removing certain links.

It is not my type of music either, but in the song she goes on to sing some other phrases of this type as, for example: not every apple turns into wine.

Joanna Rawik has a lovely voice, but had never been as popular in the 1960s as were other singers, and these days she seems to have been almost completely forgotten. In my view, the proverb which became the title of her song is less frequently used these days than some time ago even if people still recognize it.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
23 Mar 2019 #188
Still in pondering mode..........

Tp put a pin into sb means to say sth sarcastic or even malicious about them.

To tread on sb`s heels.
mafketis 21 | 7,459
23 Mar 2019 #189
To get in someone's way (hinder them because of your proximity)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
23 Mar 2019 #190
Partly, because it primarily involves catching up with sb. E..g, He was the most successful businessman in town but others were treading on his heels. The police are treading on robbers` heels.
mafketis 21 | 7,459
24 Mar 2019 #191
because it primarily involves catching up with sb.

I've heard it a few times in the context of smn getting in the way -nb. not directed at me :)
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
24 Mar 2019 #192
it primarily involves catching up with sb.

It has exactly the same meaning in England.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
26 Mar 2019 #193
I see.

To stick to sth like a drunk man to a fence.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
26 Mar 2019 #194
To stick very closely/hold tightly onto something, or to hold on for dear life, as we would say in the UK?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
26 Mar 2019 #195
Yes!

To pick up the glove.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
26 Mar 2019 #196
Is it the same as to pick/take up the gauntlet? To accept a challenge?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
27 Mar 2019 #197
Yes!
The cup of bitterness has overflown
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
28 Mar 2019 #198
Is it the same as to pick/take up the gauntlet? To accept a challenge?

Yes, exactly. :)

Sb gave me the idea and I have to write it before I forget: To let out a peacock.
mafketis 21 | 7,459
28 Mar 2019 #199
To upchuck, a round trip lunch, puke, technicolor yawn....

If someone is stuffed?
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
28 Mar 2019 #200
The cup of bitterness has overflown

Anger and resentment has become all-consuming?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
28 Mar 2019 #201
To upchuck, a round trip lunch, puke, technicolor yawn....

Yes. :):) I recalled another saying from my uni times which comments on the person doing it: he/she is talking to the tigers. :):)

If someone is stuffed?

Loaded? with dough, of course. :)

Anger and resentment has become all-consuming?

Yes! I am not sure about all consuming, but if it means that sb has had enough and reacted in a certain way, after a long period of enduring a situation, then it is the right meaning.

To drive sb into a goat`s corner.
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
30 Mar 2019 #202
All our female forum members, you know who, are the persons who allow nobody to blow into their kasha/porridge/cereal. :)
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
30 Mar 2019 #203
To drive sb into a goat`s corner.

To force someone into a difficult situation which is not easy to get out of?

allow nobody to blow into their kasha/porridge/cereal. :)

Is it the equivalent of not taking sh1t from anyone? Not allowing anyone to tell us what to do, or pushing us around?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
30 Mar 2019 #204
Double goatseye! :)

When discussing certain phrases with students, we always try to trace their origin. E..g, window=wind eye. That goat`s corner probably meant the enclosure where goats were kept, with only one exit.

Who is a fat fish? .
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
30 Mar 2019 #205
That goat`s corner

To be backed into a corner as we would say in the UK.

Who is a fat fish? .

A big shot? Someone with a lot of money, a fat cat?
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
30 Mar 2019 #206
Yes, big shot, but not only with a lot of money, also power. But as they usually go together, no point adding it, after all.

What does it mean: if one has a soft heart, they must have a tough ass. )::)
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
30 Mar 2019 #207
A tough exterior hides a soft centre? :)
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
30 Mar 2019 #208
Oops, completely different one. Sorry, it is my mistake - replace must with has to to make the tone tougher.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,113
31 Mar 2019 #209
If I do that then the quote will be ' If one has a soft heart, they has have a tough ass', which is not quite right methinks!
OP pawian 161 | 9,971
31 Mar 2019 #210
No, I said "has to" :) I wasn`t stammering on to :).

Hint - the soft heart part involves the context of mercy.


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