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    "talk a dead snake alive"

    a literal translation of a Chinese expression that describes a person who is, as is a lawyer for instance, skilled at spinning the truth, usually in an arguement, and turning the situation to their advantage.

    Is there an equivalent in English proverbs, saying, idioms, etc.? Thanks.

    Raen


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    Re: "talk a dead snake alive"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raen View Post
    a literal translation of a Chinese expression that describes a person who is, as is a lawyer for instance, skilled at spinning the truth, usually in an arguement, and turning the situation to their advantage.

    Is there an equivalent in English proverbs, saying, idioms, etc.? Thanks.

    Raen
    Hi Raen,

    Here are two sayings from the United States with similar meanings:

    1. He's slicker than a Philadelphia lawyer (it's rather old, and I personally don't know anyone who still says it, but a "Philadelphia Lawyer" was a lawyer who could twist anything around to their own advantage)

    2. He could sell ice to an Eskimo (from my grandmother)

    I hope that helps.

    Matthew Balson
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