Results 1 to 3 of 3

    • Join Date: Oct 2007
    • Posts: 2
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Red face to fold someone like a carpenter's rule

    hello again !
    I've got this "gritty stump of a man trying to fold someone like a carpenter's rule" that i need to translate in french
    this is in a sport context... and i would appreciate very much if someone has an idea...

    in advance, thank you

  1. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 15,879
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: to fold someone like a carpenter's rule

    Quote Originally Posted by anlora View Post
    hello again !
    I've got this "gritty stump of a man trying to fold someone like a carpenter's rule" that i need to translate in french
    this is in a sport context... and i would appreciate very much if someone has an idea...

    in advance, thank you
    Here is a carpenter's rule: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/imag...5/10411345.jpg
    - as well as folding once in one dimension (as seen in this image) it folds again in another dimension (towards you as you look at the picture). So it folds in four (in the traditional case - more recent ones are more complex: http://content.answers.com/main/cont...entersRule.png ). It sounds like a very extreme sort of tackle - such as those administered by M. Chabal: S├ębastien Chabal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .

    As to the "gritty stump" I'm really not sure. I imagine the stump is a reference to a tree-stump: http://dcartnews.blogspot.com/Ball-Stump.jpg . A tree-stump is often referred to as "gnarled" - gnarled: Definition and Much More from Answers.com - so maybe that would be a good starting point for your translation.

    b
    Last edited by BobK; 04-Oct-2007 at 09:54. Reason: Fixed typo


    • Join Date: Oct 2007
    • Posts: 1
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: to fold someone like a carpenter's rule

    Hi, Anlora - these seem to be 1) a metaphor and 2) a simile, respectively, not idioms. At least, they are not idioms in the States! Perhaps a direct translation will capture the same meaning.

Similar Threads

  1. What is the rule?
    By Mahi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17-Jul-2007, 11:18
  2. president's rule
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-Jun-2007, 13:48
  3. rule of thumb
    By kohyoongliat in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-May-2007, 11:03
  4. what are rule words?
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-Apr-2007, 05:56
  5. verbs
    By eyescold_07 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Aug-2005, 06:32

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •