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Game - guess Polish idioms/sayings in direct English translation


Chemikiem 6 | 2,248
21 Mar 2019 #181
in Polish it expresses disbelief or amazement

Ok, thanks Maf :)
Ironside 49 | 10,486
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 173 | 12,762
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 13 | 4,125
21 Mar 2019 #184
Here is how Joanna Rawik sings about it (1967) - song entitled:

Not all flour turns into bread

OP pawian 173 | 12,762
21 Mar 2019 #185
To put/insert a pin into sb.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,248
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 13 | 4,125
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 173 | 12,762
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 24 | 8,749
23 Mar 2019 #189
To get in someone's way (hinder them because of your proximity)
OP pawian 173 | 12,762
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 24 | 8,749
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 | 2,248
24 Mar 2019 #192
it primarily involves catching up with sb.

It has exactly the same meaning in England.
OP pawian 173 | 12,762
26 Mar 2019 #193
I see.

To stick to sth like a drunk man to a fence.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,248
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 173 | 12,762
26 Mar 2019 #195
Yes!

To pick up the glove.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,248
26 Mar 2019 #196
Is it the same as to pick/take up the gauntlet? To accept a challenge?
OP pawian 173 | 12,762
27 Mar 2019 #197
Yes!
The cup of bitterness has overflown
OP pawian 173 | 12,762
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 24 | 8,749
28 Mar 2019 #199
To upchuck, a round trip lunch, puke, technicolor yawn....

If someone is stuffed?
Chemikiem 6 | 2,248
28 Mar 2019 #200
The cup of bitterness has overflown

Anger and resentment has become all-consuming?
OP pawian 173 | 12,762
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 173 | 12,762
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 | 2,248
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 173 | 12,762
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 | 2,248
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 173 | 12,762
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 | 2,248
30 Mar 2019 #207
A tough exterior hides a soft centre? :)
OP pawian 173 | 12,762
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 | 2,248
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 173 | 12,762
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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