Idioms

truks

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Which reminds me of a similar expression I came across in the dictionary yesterday: animam (or vitam) abicere = to give up (this) life.
 

Pacifica

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Remigio veloque: with oars and with sail = by all possible means. (Seen in Plautus, Asin. 160)

It reminds me manibus pedibusque: with hands and feet = with all one's might.

We have something similar in French; "faire des pieds et des mains pour..." (lit. "to do with feet and hands to..."), that is to do all you can to succeed in something (often to succeed in making someone make what you ask them, obtaining something from them...).

And that feet story reminds me of another expression with feet: in pedes se dare or pedibus se dare: to give oneself into feet or "to feet" = to run away, take one's heels.
 

LCF

One of "those" people
de lana caprina rixari
in harena aedificare
cicatricem refricare
eodem poculo bibere
prudens in flammam manum mittere

in opere Erasmi
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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De fumo in flammam (+ some verb, depending on context): from smoke into fire = saying that from a bad situation someone comes into a worse one.

Read in Ammianus, Lib. XXVIII, 1.26.
 

Pacifica

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Supersede istis rebus: very literally "sit on top of those things (of yours)", more figuratively "desist from those things" = stop that, stop saying stupid things or sim.

Plautus, Epid., 39.
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
Which comedy are you on now, PP?
 

Bestiola

Moderatrix
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contrahere vela - to retreat

(Cicero, Ad Atticum)
 

Pacifica

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Pacifica

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Haec puppis pereundast: this ship is to be destroyed = "the ship" = "I"; I'm undone/dead soon, it will turn bad for me...

Plautus.
 

Pacifica

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Animo alicui male esse: (impersonal) to be bad to the spirit to someone = said when someone feels about to faint. As for ex. animo male est (mihi): it is bad to the spirit (to me) = I feel about to faint.

Plaut. Epid. 204 (and other places).
 

Pacifica

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Plaustrum percellere: to knock the cart down = to ruin everything, "to upset the apple-cart".

Ibidem, 592.
 

Pacifica

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Tragulam inicere in aliquem: to throw a spear ("spear fitted with a throwing-strap, used as a hunting or military weapon") at someone = to play a bad trick on someone. You can also say it with pilum, "javelin" instead of tragulam.

Still from Plautus (like those above: if I don't mention the author, in general just consider it's from the same one I last mentioned).

Line 690.
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
It would be helpful if you also mentioned the play. Epidicus, I presume?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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Yes.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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Tangere (you can insert an abl., for ex.a sum of money) aliquem: to touch someone by/with regards to... = to strip someone of.../to do someone out of...

705.
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
Seems like that's a comedy replete with idioms.
 

Pacifica

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There were a few ones, yes - finished!
 

Matthaeus

Vemortuicida strenuus
Congratulations. What's next on your list?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
Aulularia.
 
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