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    #1

    He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage

    Hello all forum members!
    First of all I would like to ask you if there is anyone of Polish extraction among you because I might not be able to explain to you exactly what I mean.
    Suppose that one has a beloved dog. The dog, however, is not lazy. He keeps guard over the house that he and all the family live in. What would you do for such a dog that guards your house? A good owner would certainly reward him for all his hard work.
    There is a Polish saying which say something to the effect that "He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage (for all his efforts)".
    How would you say it in English?

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    #2

    Re: He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage

    My parents were both born in Poland, and my mother grew up there. Nevertheless, I don't recall ever hearing an expression to suit the situation you describe.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage

    The Polish version is "Należy się jej/jemu to jak psu kiełbasa".

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    #4

    Re: He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage

    Could someone else unravel this mystery?

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    #5

    Re: He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage

    This doesn't match the Polish expression, but in English you can describe someone persistently working on something as being like a dog with a bone.
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    Re: He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage

    It's not about someone working hard. The thing is that, for instance, someone works hard at a computer in an office using their brain. Part of a working day passes and the time arrives for them to have a break for lunch. To their surprise, they look for a hand paper towel and there is no trace of it. They mutter under their nose "In spite of all their hard work, they cannot even find a shred of hand paper to dry their hands on". All of them in the department deserve to have access to a piece of clean paper towel to dry their hands on because having access to such a roll of paper towel is included in their basic privileges. (It is the duty of a cleaning lady to bring another roll of paper towels for employees to use the next day). Do you understand what I mean?
    "He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage (for all his efforts)" = "All of tem in the department deserve to have access to a piece of clean paper towel to dry their hands on because having access to such a roll of paper towel is included in their basic privileges".
    How to express this thought in English?
    Last edited by JACEK1; 14-May-2017 at 19:09.

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    #7

    Re: He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage

    How about "That is absolutely yours"?

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    #8

    Re: He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    How about "That is absolutely yours"?
    No. I can't think of one.

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    #9

    Re: He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage

    I can think of:
    He/she deserves every bit of it.
    He/she has (certainly) earned their keep.


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    #10

    Re: He/she deserves it just as a dog deserves sausage

    A few minutes ago, I read the definition for what I want to explain to you.
    As for a dog, if someone deserves something just as a dog deserves to have a kennel/sausage, we say that such a dog has come to deserve these things thanks to his loyalty and faithfulness.
    Last edited by JACEK1; 14-May-2017 at 20:31.

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