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  1. Douglas dos Santos
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    Hi,there. I have a doubt about one of the Donkey's speech, in Shrek1.

    My doubt is about the expretion "the spit out". Here's a part of the speech.

    "You're a mean green fightin' machine, together we'll scare the spit out of anybody that crosses us." Donkey said that when he saw Shrek scaring away the guards of Lord Faquaad. I don't if I put the comas in the quotations in a proper way, but that's what Donkey said in the movie.

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Hi,there. I have a doubt about one of the Donkey's speech, in Shrek1.

    If you scare the spit out of someone, you have frightened them very much.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Hi,there. I have a doubt about one of the Donkey's speech, in Shrek1.

    I think it's an adaptation to euphemise the more usual expression, scare the shit out of someone. Kind of like Miercoles! in Spanish, or mince! in French.


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    Re: Hi,there. I have a doubt about one of the Donkey's speech, in Shrek1.

    Quote Originally Posted by Douglas dos Santos View Post
    My doubt is about the expretion "the spit out". Here's a part of the speech.

    "You're a mean green fightin' machine, together we'll scare the spit out of anybody that crosses us." Donkey said that when he saw Shrek scaring away the guards of Lord Faquaad. I don't if I put the comas in the quotations in a proper way, but that's what Donkey said in the movie.

    Thanks a lot!
    "Mean machine" is a reference to the film of that name

    "spit" is a way of saying "S h i t" without offending the parents whose children are watching.

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