I had a German exchange student in my class and he always used "schlagen" in a weird way and it was hard to understand him. I know "schlagen" means "to fight" in English but what does it mean in German slang?
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I'm going to mention all different usages of this verb I found in dictionary.
Herz, Puls to beat (heftig) to pound
(auxiliary 'sein' or 'haben')(= auftreffen) mit dem Kopf auf/gegen
Regen to beat
(auxiliary 'sein' or 'haben')
A few more non-trivial meanings of
There are some more context-dependent meanings which have not been addressed:
Yiddish has quite a few meanings depending on the prefix.
derschlagen sich zu... means to reach your destination with some effort.
derschlagen as an adjective means depressed or dejected.
vorschlagen (as in German) means to suggest or propose.
ausschlagen can mean to cover as in "to cover your expenses". It can also mean to knock out.
unterschlagen means to line a garment.
uberschlagen means to throw a cover on top of.
abschlagen means to repel or reflect; also, to dissuade. In the reflexive (with sich) it can mean to bounce off. An Abschalg can be a repercussion.
beschlagen can mean to upholster, to cover, or to break out in (a rash).
EDIT: I pulled these out of Weinreich's dictionary, but it seems Harkavey's earlier dictionary has many more expressions, which I'm going to try and list below. Here goes:
er schlagt ab seine taynos he refutes his arguments
sie schlagt ihm ab vun gehen she dissuades him from leaving
abshlagen wasser to urinate
men schlagt ihm ab die tueren they're beating his door down, he is in great demand
Ausschlag a breakout of pimples
ausschlagen to strike as a clock, to strike the hour in full
aufshclagen zwei brettlach to join two boards
aufschlagen a tur to break down a door
aufschlagen a wort to seek the right word
aufschlagen a summe to collect a sum
Umschlag envelope, wrapper
unterschlagen die augen to give someone a black eye
unterschlagen die parnosseh to ruin someone's business by undercutting him; to embezzle money
uberschlagen to interrupt someone
uberschlagen mit eier to mix with eggs
a dunner hat ihm eingeschlagen he was struck by a thunderbolt
anschlagen to give someone a licking; to secure something to
sich anschlagen to offer one's services
nehmen in beschlag to seize
durchschlagen to force one's way through
sich herausschlagen vun kop to forget about
heraufschlagen to fasten by beating; to fasten by nailing
sich heraufschlagen to get out of bed
sich herumschlagen to fight
herunterschlagen to beat down
hereinschlagen to drive in (a nail)
derschlagen to beat to death
verschlagen to fasten with nails
zerschlagen to break to pieces
zunaufschlagen, zusammenschlagen to fasten together