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    #1

    What is the meaning of "are sitting on their suitcases,"?

    Surely, this is a figurative meaning but I think it means that they are ready for going to Egypt.


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    About 20 of Mahmoud's supporters, among them Denis Cuspert, also known as Deso Dogg, a Berlin-based former rapper who converted to Islam, have already traveled to Egypt. Another 30 Islamists "are sitting on their suitcases," a senior security official told SPIEGEL. Salafists made headlines in Germany earlier this year after high-profile clashes with police and members of a far-right group following demonstrations in various cities.



    Source:German Islamists Travel to Egypt - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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    Re: What is the meaning of "are sitting on their suitcases,"?

    I think so too.

    Makes me think of people waiting for a delayed train at the station and, for want of free seats, they use their suitcases.

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    Last edited by charliedeut; 14-Aug-2012 at 15:00. Reason: Big silly mistake
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    #3

    Re: What is the meaning of "are sitting on their suitcases,"?

    -not a teacher-

    This is a word by word translation of a German idiom. It means that you are ready to leave (having done all preparations) but are still waiting for someone/something to signal you to go now. Or you are simply waiting for the day of departure, which is probably the case here. This idiom is not limited to travelling, you can also hear it from people ready to leave an event or someone moving out from his house who is waiting for the moving van to arrive.
    Last edited by mathias_r; 14-Aug-2012 at 14:51.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "are sitting on their suitcases,"?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    I think so too.

    Makes me think of people waiting for a delayed train at the station and, for want of free sits, they use their suitcases.

    charliedeut

    Free seats.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "are sitting on their suitcases,"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Free seats.
    Duly edited

    I'm afraid I got carried away by 'sitting on their suitcases'
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