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    Goasts of kick...

    Hello everyone ,
    IS there a phrase like 'goasts of kicks never listen to words'
    It was telecast on the TV in India.
    i am amazed as there is a phrase in Hindi (India's National Language) whose literal translation gives the above phrase...

    thank you

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    Re: Goasts of kick...

    Quote Originally Posted by Shad View Post
    Hello everyone ,
    IS there a phrase like 'goasts of kicks never listen to words'
    It was telecast on the TV in India.
    i am amazed as there is a phrase in Hindi (India's National Language) whose literal translation gives the above phrase...

    thank you
    I have no idea what that is supposed to mean. Is "goasts" a misspelling of "goats" or "ghosts"?

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    Re: Goasts of kick...

    Is that "ghosts" or "goats"? In either case, I've never heard it. If you tell us what the Hindi expression means, I'll try to come up with an idiomatic translation.

    (Of course, it might be a meaningful Anglo-Indian idiom. There are dictionaries of these, I think.)

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    Re: Goasts of kick...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Is that "ghosts" or "goats"? In either case, I've never heard it. If you tell us what the Hindi expression means, I'll try to come up with an idiomatic translation.

    (Of course, it might be a meaningful Anglo-Indian idiom. There are dictionaries of these, I think.)

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    Its GHOSTS! i am sorry Bob.
    The hindi expression means:
    People who are used to work only when beaten (one works if one is beaten or kicked) will never work if they are merely told to work.
    Thank you

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    Re: Goasts of kick...

    Quote Originally Posted by Shad View Post
    Its GHOSTS! i am sorry Bob.
    The hindi expression means:
    People who are used to work only when beaten (one works if one is beaten or kicked) will never work if they are merely told to work.
    Thank you
    Interesting.

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    Re: Goasts of kick...

    Quote Originally Posted by Shad View Post
    Its GHOSTS! i am sorry Bob.
    The hindi expression means:
    People who are used to work only when beaten (one works if one is beaten or kicked) will never work if they are merely told to work.
    Thank you
    I don't know of an idiom that expresses just that. If someone is being too kind to his or her employees/underlings, one may say "Too much carrot, not enough stick" (with an obvious reference to driving a mule).

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