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What's the meaning of “kampfmittelbeseitigungsdienst”? [closed]

What does "kampfmittelbeseitigungsdienst" mean?
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What is the German equivalent of the English “aka”?

In English, the abbreviation aka means "also known as". A literal German translation might be "auch bekannt wie". Is this, in fact, the correct German equivalent? And is the abbreviation ABW (or the ...
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“Redirect an address to a server” - which preposition should I use?

I want to say the following in german I want to redirect the address xxx.domain.de to the server xyz.domain.de Is the use of umbiegen nach correct in this case?
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What's a good translation for “outcome measures”?

For example in the sentence: Outcome measures for this study include three-year-survival rate and relapse.
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Which one is a better synonym for “Vordenker”: Vorreiter/Freidenker/Pionier?

I asked this question on EL&U and got some good answers, but tend to accept this answer. IMHO Visionary doesn't really match Vordenker ("Wer Visionen hat, sollte zum Arzt gehen" Helmut Schmidt), ...
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When do suffixes “-able” or “-ible” translate with “-bar” vs. “-lich”?

We can not simply translate the suffixes "-able" or "-ible" with "-bar" as there seem to be many examples where "-lich" is used instead. avoidable - vermeidbar vulnerable - verwundbar bootable ...
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What is the meaning of “Affenzirkus”?

I heard someone shout: "Diesen Affenzirkus hier mache ich nicht länger mit!" It seemed the person was very annoyed. What would be the meaning of "Affenzirkus" here? Is there a corresponding ...
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What is the intention of the “Leere Flasche nicht verschliessen!” instruction? [closed]

I have some bottles of Hirschbraeu beer in 500ml brown bottles with swing tops like this. On the back label, along with information about the brewery and the beer, is the instruction "Leere Flasche ...
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What's a good translation for “awkward” in the context of “awkward person” or “awkward situation”?

There doesn't really seem to be a German word with the exact same meanings and connotations as the English word "awkward". How would you translate it in a sentence like "He's an awkward person" or ...
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How does “used” translate - “benutzt” or “benützt”?

Duden and other resources list both "benutzt", and "benützt" as valid but indicate that "benützt" is used regionally in Switzerland, Austria and southern Germany. Are translations for Germany ...
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How to translate “knowledge” as in “general understanding or familiarity” in this case?

Which translation of "knowledge" would fit into the following sentence? They have the resources, but do they have the knowledge? I'm looking for a literal translation, not an idiom or ...
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How much is “eine gewisse”?

I sometimes hear sentences like: Er bezahlte eine gewisse Summe, um [...] Nach einer gewissen Zeit wurde ihm klar, [...] Eine gewisse Menge Lösung wird benötigt, um [...] Now this "gewisse" ...
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What is the best translation for “survival” and “overall survival” in a medical text?

How would you translate the terms "survival" and "overall survival" as used in an academic/medical text, for example in the sentence "The new drug improved overall survival for ovarian cancer patients ...
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What is the German Word For “Mortgagee?”

The word I'm inclined to use is "Hypothekar," which refers to a lender of a property. But a German teacher preferred "Gläubiger" which, I believe, refers to a "general" creditor. Which of these (or a ...
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Is “to make one sigh” properly translated as “seufzen machen” or as “machen seufzen?”

This comes from another one of my poems. Both the English and German texts are mine: Yes she was a girl who could make men sigh, For she was the girl (called) the Lorelei. And she was someone ...
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Is it possible to have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause?

Can one have a subordinate clause inside a relative clause? What I want to write in English is this: The economic crisis which started in 2007 resulted in mergers and state intervention, which ...
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Translation for 'abticken' needed

I couldn't find a match for the german "abticken". What is the word in English for that?
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What or who is a “Scholli”?

I hear people say: "Mein lieber Scholli, das war knapp!" What does "Scholli" mean in this context? Is using this idiom in any way offensive or insulting?
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When is 'to' translated with “um zu”, when with “zu”

The infinitve marker "to" can not simply be translated with "zu". Apparently in most instances it translates with "um zu", wheras in other instances "zu" alone is used. 1 "Del" is the key to ...
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Do we use “Du” or “Sie” to address users in a German operation manual?

When writing or translating an operation manual for software (including game software) or hardware users are mostly addressed by the polite form "Sie". Increasingly however we can also find manuals ...
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Why do many English philosophers speak German. Are there problems with translating German philosophical texts? [closed]

Concerning the question »Is it more common to write longer sentences in german than in english?«, I wonder why some well-known English philosophers bothered to learn German. A lot of important ...
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What would be an appropriate translation of the expression “strike the iron while it's hot”?

What would be an appropriate translation of the expression "strike the iron while it's hot" in German?
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Translation of “intervention” as in “orchestrated attempt by family and friends to give someone help with an addiction.”

The English word "intervention" can have the following meaning (taken from wikipedia): An intervention is an orchestrated attempt by one, or often many, people (usually family and friends) to get ...
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Wie sagt man “Make Someone Happy” auf Deutsch?

Would it be "lass eine glücklich, or "mach eine glücklich? Or some third phrase? This comes from another of my translations of the popular American song Make Someone Happy. A more complete ...
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How to translate “Anstrich” in draw/wrinting context into English?

The word "Anstrich" is used in different contexts. Here I'm refering to a stroke beginning the sketch of a character. This stroke is not part of the character but often used when it comes to ...
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Difference between Erfahrung and Erlebnis?

They both translate into "experience" in English.
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What is the correct form of past tense of “sich ausgehen”

I'm looking for a form of the verb sich ausgehen in the past sense, close to the meaning of We didn't make it (because of time constraints) yesterday anymore. I was wondering if I could say ...
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Meaning of “Lars kam sich unendlich verlassen vor”

I'm reading Kleiner Eisbär, wohin fährst du? von Hans de Beer but I'm puzzled by this sentence: Lars kam sich unendlich verlassen vor. If verlassen is a reflexive verb as the word sich suggests, ...
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A fact following from an argument: “folgt von” or “folgt aus”?

When explaining that something (a fact, for example) follows from (is a deduction thereof) something else (another fact, for example), which preposition is used? I would guess "aus" but these things ...
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How do German speakers translate sounds that animals make?

I have always been interested in the ways that animal sounds are "translated" in foreign languages. Presumably, the sounds are the same to our ears. In English: Dog: woof Cat: meow Cow: moo Duck: ...
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Is there a good translation for “Dark horse”?

Ich habe gerade versucht, den englischen Ausdruck "Dark horse" zu übersetzen, und es hat gar nicht funktioniert :). Obwohl das immer witzig ist, kann jemand mir helfen mit einer Übersetzung?
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How rude is “fressen”?

According to this question, I'd assume that "fressen" is insulting cause it's defined "to eat like a pig". Am I right? Das im Kalender ruhig ist, sonst aber Menschen plagt und frisst. Does this ...
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“Food” in German

When I was looking for the German equivalent of "food" in my dictionary, I've noticed that both "Lebensmittel" and "Nahrung" have same meaning and I've learned "Essen" before. While I was trying to ...
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Is there a German equivalent for “Aladdin's Lamp”?

Here's another translation exercise. The original English was (From Long Ago and Far Away) Jerome Kern and George Gerswhin: Chills ran up and down my spine, Aladdin's lamp was mine. The dream ...
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How does “wegpissen” translate?

Sometimes I read the following expressions: Dieses Video ist zum Wegpissen. Ich könnt mich jedesmal wegpissen! Obviously "to piss off" does not fit the context. Where does this expression ...
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Das Highlander-Prinzip [closed]

In einem internationalen Meeting sprach ein (deutscher) Arbeitskollege etwa folgenden Satz: I'm not sure if we can handle this with the Highlander principle . Gemeint war das Motto "Es kann ...
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How do you say: “Freundschaft, Genossen!” in English?

While thinking about this question: Are "friends" and "Freunde" false-friends? I realized that there is one use of "Freund" that does not indicate a lot of closeness: How do you ...
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How to translate the word “download” to German?

In German there is runterladen or herunterladen for the term to download. Is there a common translation for the noun of download that could be used for translating i.g. the amount of downloads ...
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Are “friends” and “Freunde” false-friends?

I guess that "Freund" is better translated with "close friend" and "friend" is more our German "Bekannter". Especially in context with twitter and other social networks one seems to get a lot more ...
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Ist “rauf voten” und “runter voten” eine akzeptable Übersetzung für “upvote” und “downvote”?

Was ist eine angemessene deutsche Übersetzung von upvote und downvote? Das deutsche Verb voten findet man in Duden Online. Zur englischen Orthografie siehe EL&U.
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Is there an appropriate translation for “learning by doing”?

The term "learning by doing" is also widely used in Germany. The translation: Lernen durch Handeln seems not to be appropriate in most cases. Examples Einen Englischlehrer übrigens hat ...
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Wie übersetzt man “schwerpunktmäßig” ins Englische? [closed]

Wie übersetzt man schwerpunktmäßig in Bezug auf Arbeitsfähigkeiten? Zum Beispiel: Herr Schmidt ist schwerpunktmäßig mit den folgenden Tätigkeiten befasst... Ich hätte gern einziges Wort dafür ...
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What is an English phrase for “produktionsbedingter Leerraum”?

What is a good English phrase for "produktionsbedingter Leerraum"? The literal meaning is "an empty space caused by production" and tells buyers that the half-empty cookie box is a feature.
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What does “Ich brauch mal Storno” mean?

Ich war heute bei Kaufland und habe blah blah... ich brauch mal Storno gehört. Bedeutet das so etwas wie "Kaffeepause" oder mehr in Richtung "Pinkelpause"? Oder ist die Bedeutung eine ganz ...
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What are German words like Handy and Homeoffice called?

There are some words in German which sound as if they were English foreign words, but have a completely different meaning in English. E.g. Handy - mobile phone Homeoffice - Working from Home ...
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Is “du bist dran” the best translation for “it is your turn”?

Is there a more direct translation of "it is your turn"? I have used "du bist dran" for card games and the like, but is that a good translation in general? For example how would you translate "it is ...
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Translation of common Australian saying — “If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick.”

I am looking for a faithful translation of the (common in Australia) saying: "If you throw enough shit against a wall, some of it has gotta stick." It is in no way offensive, and means that if you ...
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Wie sagt man “in terms of” auf Deutsch?

Ich bekomme es irgendwie nicht hin, den folgenden Satz schön ins Deutsche zu übersetzen: The function words is defined in terms of primitive combinators. Speziell geht es mir um den Teil in ...
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Gibt es Dialekt-Wörterbücher?

Gibt es Dialekt-Wörterbücher, also Wörterbücher für z. B. Deutsch–Bayrisch oder Bayrisch–Hessisch? Wenn ja, welche könnt ihr empfehlen?
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Was ist eine angemessene Übersetzung für “shitstorm”?

Was ist eine angemessene Übersetzung für "shitstorm"? Gibt es dafür ein deutsches Wort?