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    Unhappy say in other words

    Could you paraphrase the following, please:

    1. "Payback's a bitch, buddy"
    2. "Nuts like a fox"

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    Re: say in other words

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Could you paraphrase the following, please:

    1. "Payback's a bitch, buddy"
    2. "Nuts like a fox"
    As usual, could we have context for them, especially the second?!

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    Re: say in other words

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Could you paraphrase the following, please:

    1. "Payback's a bitch, buddy"
    2. "Nuts like a fox"
    1. It ususally refers to a statement by someone who lost or whose team lost in their first contest/game/match and in the return event was the winner. It means I/we paid you back for beating us the first time and now you will know how it feels to lose.

    2. Or "crazy(= nuts) like a fox" means he/she is very smart, as the fox has a reputation for being very clever. It is sometimes used in response when someone refers to a person as being not very smart by someone who disagrees.

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    Re: say in other words

    "Payback's a bitch" can also be used as a warning, that you may be riding high in victory now, but your time to lose will come.

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    Re: say in other words

    Although it's not used frequently in BrE, I would have thought it would be possible for someone to say "Payback's a bitch" after they have been subjected to some kind of revenge attack.

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    A man has an affair and his wife finds out. She is very angry about the affair and decides to cut up all his clothes and pour pink paint all over his car while he's at work.

    He comes home from work and discovers what she has done. He calls a friend and says "Oh my god! She's cut up all my clothes and ruined my car as revenge for the fact that I slept with that other woman. Wow. Payback's a bitch!"

    In that example, "bitch" would mean "a terrible thing" so he's saying that the revenge that has been carried out on him is a terrible thing.
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    Re: say in other words

    Thanks a lot! You were most helpful!

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    Smile Re: say in other words

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    1. It ususally refers to a statement by someone who lost or whose team lost in their first contest/game/match and in the return event was the winner. It means I/we paid you back for beating us the first time and now you will know how it feels to lose.

    2. Or "crazy(= nuts) like a fox" means he/she is very smart, as the fox has a reputation for being very clever. It is sometimes used in response when someone refers to a person as being not very smart by someone who disagrees.
    Thank you very much!

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