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    Pulling rabbit of sb.'s ass

    Sorry about a bit vulgar words , but i am in dire need of knowing its meaning.

    This is context:

    Reporter interviewing a famous actor:

    - All right, now, how do I put this? Ehm, have you ever pulled a rabbit
    out of your ass?
    -Okay. You don't pull no punches, man, do you? (laughing)

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    Re: Pulling rabbit of sb.'s ass

    A ruder way of saying "have you ever pulled a rabbit out of a hat" - magicians pull rabbits out of hats, so metaphorically it means producing something out of nothing.

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    Re: Pulling rabbit of sb.'s ass

    yeah Anglika is right. pulling a rabbit from somebody's ass is basically producing something out of nothing.

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    Re: Pulling rabbit of sb.'s ass

    I think it means to creat something new

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    Re: Pulling rabbit of sb.'s ass

    It depends upon whom the actor was.

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    Re: Pulling rabbit of sb.'s ass

    Yeah, that makes sense... But on the other hand, how should I translate it to my native language. If you just swap the phrases, then it would be "Have you ever created something out of nothing"... and the answer "you don't pull no punches" is somewhat exaggerated, isn't it?

    Sorry for including this, but i need to know what the rabbit could actually be translated as:

    R : Reporter
    A : Actor

    All right, now, how do I put this?

    R:Have you ever pulled a rabbit
    out of your ass?

    A:Okay. You don't pull no punches,
    man, do you?

    { someone comes in and interrputs the dialogue, then leaves}

    A: So, what were you saying?

    R: What's up..? What's up
    with the Man Tits thing, man?

    A: Bill, like, discovered me.

    A: Yeah. I was living in my car, man.
    A: No shit.

    A: And... And then I did this thing...
    A: All right.

    A: Between you and me, all right?

    A: I... I made this tape, you know?
    A: Like, a j**k-off tape.

    A: All right? So my agent, Bill, was, like,
    half a f*g to begin with.

    A: Turns out he knows some cat
    who knows a dude that made a tape.

    A: So he turns Bill on to me.
    A: Next thing you know...

    A: ...I'm a f***ing movie star.

    - A:F***ing great, right?
    - R:You made a porn tape?

    A: No, no, no, it's stupid. It's just me
    standing there punching the clown.

    A: Choking the bishop. The guy had me
    in a straw hat and shit...

    A:...with a mullet wig and overalls.

    A: Abe-Lincoln-type beard.

    A: Yeah, that was it.
    A: That was my first starring role.

    A:I'm not kidding you. You know, I mean,
    that's the real rabbit story, man.

    A: You know how s**t
    gets changed around.

    A: One dude says something to another
    dude: This, that, the other thing.

    A: Before you know it,
    I'm pulling a rabbit out of my ass.

    R:Why?

    A: I don't know, I guess that's what
    people are into. F*** if I know.

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    Re: Pulling rabbit of sb.'s ass

    Quote Originally Posted by lordfrikk View Post
    But on the other hand, how should I translate it to my native language.
    Translate it literally, word for word. The reporter asks the question because of a rumor going around about a 'rabbit story': that he (the actor, a porn star) had actually pulled a rabbit out of his butt. That's why the actor replies, "You don't pull no punches, man, do you?" Pull no punches means, to deal with something honestly without hiding anything.

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    Re: Pulling rabbit of sb.'s ass

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Translate it literally, word for word. The reporter asks the question because of a rumor going around about a 'rabbit story': that he (the actor, a porn star) had actually pulled a rabbit out of his butt. That's why the actor replies, "You don't pull no punches, man, do you?" Pull no punches means, to deal with something honestly without hiding anything.
    I probably understand it now Althought it will loose its original meaning because it's not idiom in my language, to pull the rabbit of sb.'s a*s

    Anyway, thanks for help, everybody!

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    Re: Pulling rabbit of sb.'s ass

    Do not translate it as an idiom. It's not an idiom in that context.

    In the context you provided it doesn't mean to produce something out of thin air. That's the figurative meaning. The meaning you want it the literal meaning - its true meaning: to pull an actual animal out of an actual body part. There is NO figurative meaning at all. It's literal.

    Try here: Free Dictionary, Translation and Searches

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    Re: Pulling rabbit of sb.'s ass

    I knew there was a Richard Gere joke just waiting to happen somewhere in this thread.

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