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    Expression- Wheel around

    Hi there,

    Please, I need help on this expression: 创You shouldn磘 wheel me around创 .
    It磗 kind of tricky, especially when trying to translate it to portuguese.
    Thank you for your help.
    Gisley


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    Re: Expression- Wheel around

    This is an odd expression (that is, starting with 'you shouldn't') for the usual meaning of 'wheel around'.

    Do you have more context? Where did you find this?

    I'm wondering if this is some new American slang.

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    Re: Expression- Wheel around

    Is the person in a wheel chair?


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    Re: Expression- Wheel around

    Uah! Totally oblivious to that possibility!

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    Re: Expression- Wheel around

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    This is an odd expression (that is, starting with 'you shouldn't') for the usual meaning of 'wheel around'.

    Do you have more context? Where did you find this?

    I'm wondering if this is some new American slang.
    Hmm... I thought so too - maybe "treating someone like a wheel-barrow" - in the sense of treating them like a tool, and making them do/go what/where you want - a sort of mixture of "jerking around" and "railroading".

    But if that's so, Barb_D's post suggests its not widespread in the USA - or else the wheel-chair idea is right. We need more context.

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    Last edited by BobK; 15-May-2008 at 09:50. Reason: Added to last para, in the light of previous (simultaneous) post

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    Re: Expression- Wheel around

    But even if the person IS in a wheelchair, why not wheel them around?

    Maybe something like "You shouldn't wheel me around. I have to learn how to do this by myself. I know, you want to make it easier for me, but if you're always doing it, how will I learn to maneuver when I'm on my own?"


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    Re: Expression- Wheel around

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    But even if the person IS in a wheelchair, why not wheel them around?

    Maybe something like "You shouldn't wheel me around. I have to learn how to do this by myself. I know, you want to make it easier for me, but if you're always doing it, how will I learn to maneuver when I'm on my own?"
    I think you nailed it. This is part of West Wing subtitles. The character has just learned about a situation and she comes with this one. I love the series, but sometimes translating it is a pain in a neck.
    =^.^= Thanks a lot.
    betsy2010

    - Welcome home, Donna.
    - Hi.
    - Bem-vinda, Donna.
    - Oi.
    380
    00:21:22,527 --> 00:21:25,325
    - You shouldn't wheel me around.
    - I wanna wheel you around.


    381
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    I feel like a Soviet premier
    who's secretly been dead for 10 years.

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    Re: Expression- Wheel around

    Ah, I love West Wing. I forgot how Donna broke her leg, though.

    If you run into other weird things, let me know. The dialogue in that show was always SO fast that it was hard to follow sometimes for a native speaker. Good thing you have subtitles.

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