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    #1

    Expression Portugues to English

    Hey, I don┤t really understand if title and tags are the way I typed in. Anyway, I need some help. I have a translation work to do and I ran into a Portuguese expression which I cannot find in English. It is :
    Atirou no que viu, acertou o que nŃo viu...
    Literally that would be: Someone shot at what he saw, and hit what he didn┤t see...

    And for us, Brazilians, that means: You did something aiming one kind of result, and you ended up getting another, a good unexpected result.

    Could you help me find the equivalent in English?

    Thanks...


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    Re: Expression Portugues to English

    Quote Originally Posted by SÚrgio Penna View Post
    Hey, I don┤t really understand if title and tags are the way I typed in. Anyway, I need some help. I have a translation work to do and I ran into a Portuguese expression which I cannot find in English. It is :
    Atirou no que viu, acertou o que nŃo viu...
    Literally that would be: Someone shot at what he saw, and hit what he didn┤t see...

    And for us, Brazilians, that means: You did something aiming one kind of result, and you ended up getting another, a good unexpected result.

    Could you help me find the equivalent in English?

    Thanks...
    This isn't a commonly used idiom at all; I cannot think of an equivalent idiom right now, Sergio, but,

    He aimed at a doe and he got a trophy buck.

    Perhaps someone else will come up with something.

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    Re: Expression Portugues to English

    Hi, thanks a lot. That sure helped. Some other member posted a link to possible answers. I'll check them out. Thanks anyway.
    bye

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