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    Help with idioms!

    Well, I guess I need a hand here.
    Is there an idiom in English that would be the equivalent for "no escurinho do cinema" in Portuguese.
    That means in the dark of the movie theater... meaning the secret and protected place people would kiss, make out, etc around 40 or more years ago.

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    Re: Help with idioms!

    Quote Originally Posted by SÚrgio Penna View Post
    Well, I guess I need a hand here.
    Is there an idiom in English that would be the equivalent for "no escurinho do cinema" in Portuguese.
    That means in the dark of the movie theater... meaning the secret and protected place people would kiss, make out, etc around 40 or more years ago.
    "The back row of the cinema" is the only thing I can think of that might mean what you want.

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    Re: Help with idioms!

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "The back row of the cinema" is the only thing I can think of that might mean what you want.
    Ah - the back row at the flea-pit on Saturday night. That takes me back. Two back stalls, ten Woodies, two choc ices, a bit of slap and tickle - all for under ten bob.

    (Two seats in the back row of the stalls [downstairs seats in a cinema], ten Woodbines [a cheap brand of cigarettes], two chocolate coated ice-creams, a certain amount of romantic dalliance, all for less than ten shillings [half a pound]).

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    Re: Help with idioms!

    Jed, "woodie" has another connotation here. I won't be specific, but if you had had ten of them in one evening, you'd be a very ... sore young man.
    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: Help with idioms!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Jed, "woodie" has another connotation here. I won't be specific, but if you had had ten of them in one evening, you'd be a very ... sore young man.

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    Re: Help with idioms!

    Of course, you should not be smoking 10 cigarettes in the span of a two-hour film either!
    Last edited by Barb_D; 04-Sep-2012 at 22:31.
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    Re: Help with idioms!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Of course, you should not be smoking 10 cigarettes in the span of a two-hour film either!
    When I was 13, back in the days when 1) I smoked and 2) you could smoke in the cinema, I did exactly that. And then I was sick in the street outside while waiting for the bus home. Not my proudest moment.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    We had drive-in movies. (Still do, but they're rare.)

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    Re: Help with idioms!

    Hey, I'll check whether that will suit. Thanks anyway.

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    #10

    Re: Help with idioms!

    We have no specific word for escurinho*, but 'the back row' is associated with the right sort of furtive/amorous/experimental behaviour.

    b
    PS * ... although, with my etymological hat on, I have just noticed that 'crepuscular' is similar (though not to be used in your case): oscuro Pg/ crepis Latin - 'dark'; -inho Pg/ -ulus Latin, diminutive/affective suffix. The only difference is the c, a vestige of the 'inchoative infix' -isc- - so that 'crepuscular' means 'becoming a little dark'.

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