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    English idioms

    I am trying to translate from the italian. Is it correct the expression "taking the French leave"? meaning when somebody is in a quarrel always tries to avoid it by running away? in italian is : fila a l'inglese, and secondly, how do you say in English a person who avoids paying a bill making himself a fool or innocent? again using a name of country.In Italian : fa l'indiano.


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    Re: English idioms

    Taking French leave = taking leave without permission. It is not usually used in the sense you suggest.

    An Indian giver is one who gives something but also takes something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latincat View Post
    I am trying to translate from the italian. Is it correct the expression "taking the French leave"? meaning when somebody is in a quarrel always tries to avoid it by running away? in italian is : fila a l'inglese, and secondly, how do you say in English a person who avoids paying a bill making himself a fool or innocent? again using a name of country.In Italian : fa l'indiano.
    "fare l'indiano" means "to turn a deaf ear" according to Collins-Sansoni.
    "To turn a deaf ear" to something, is similar to "turning a blind eye", which means to intentionally not notice something illegal or unethical/immoral, which doesn't seem quite what you want.


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    I don't think you have got the thread to my question. Fare el Indiano in Italian , or in Spanish "hacerse el Sueco" is used a "nationality" to mean someone is pretending to be a foolish to avoid paying a bill or pretending not to understand to gain something to his favour. Please tell me if this exists in the English language ,for example "to play the Turk"? or to play the Aussie? meaning exactly the sentence I mentioned at the beginning.

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    Re: English idioms

    Hi latincat,

    There are in my natural language a few expressions which are close to your context:

    act stupid , play dumb, pretend not to understand

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    Re: English idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by latincat View Post
    I don't think you have got the thread to my question. Fare el Indiano in Italian , or in Spanish "hacerse el Sueco" is used a "nationality" to mean someone is pretending to be a foolish to avoid paying a bill or pretending not to understand to gain something to his favour. Please tell me if this exists in the English language ,for example "to play the Turk"? or to play the Aussie? meaning exactly the sentence I mentioned at the beginning.
    Not that I know of; with bills, we can 'go Dutch' and split them up.

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