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    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

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    Default 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.

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

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    Default 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.

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