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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Searching for an english idiom

    Hello.

    I've tried to find if there's a translation for finnish idiom "väärin sammutettu" in english.

    "Väärin sammutettu" literary means to put out a fire the wrong way. But idiomatically it means that something has been accomplished but the bureacratic rules were not followed while doing the deed. Imagine a firechief coming to a fire that has already been put out and he's peewed because he couldn't order how it should have been done.

    Tavaritz

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    #2

    Re: Searching for an english idiom

    "he's peewed"? What does that mean?

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    #3

    Re: Searching for an english idiom

    You can accomplish something "through the back door". Use this term carefully, though, as it can also have a sexual connotation.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: Searching for an english idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    "he's peewed"? What does that mean?
    I think it was a typo for "he's peeved".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Searching for an english idiom

    Oh yes, of course. I had it down as 'peed' (pissed).

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    #6

    Re: Searching for an english idiom

    You can also sneak something through. My income tax return had some very debatable claims, but I snuck it through and got a hefty refund.

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