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    Default A few idioms I don't fully understand

    Hi!
    I've been translating some comicbooks recently, and I a few idioms came across, that I don't fully understand. I think I know their meaning intuitively, but I want to be sure :)
    So those are the idioms:
    - to be out of one's depths
    - to be someone (something) born and bred
    - to strike a nerve
    - to take something on the chin
    - beat someone somewhere (it's got something to do with meeting someone, I think)
    - to cordone some place off

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: A few idioms I don't fully understand

    1 too heavily involved
    2 100% that thing- a Manchester Uniterd fan born and bred- all his life and forever
    3 cause a negative reaction
    4 accept a punishment, etc, directly
    5 get there first
    6 close a place to the public, like when the police block a road after a crime

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    Default Re: A few idioms I don't fully understand

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1 too heavily involved
    Just one quibble (sorry, tdol ) - "to be out of one's depths" - it could be a UK/US thing, but I've always understood this to mean something that is beyond one's expertise, something that is difficult to comprehend: "I was accepted to law school, but I was so out of my depth that I dropped out after one semester."

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    Default Re: A few idioms I don't fully understand

    It can have that meaning too-I should have put it.

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    Default Re: A few idioms I don't fully understand

    think it only has Ouisch's meaning, at risk of being pedantic.

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