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What is the German equivalent to “to keep under someone's thumb”?

What is the German equivalent to the idiom under someone's thumb. Even if not exactly, is there any phrase having similar meaning?
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Need help deciphering writing on old headstone

I cant seem to read exactly what this says. I am recreating a headstone that was originally made out of white marble in 1888. It has deteriorated badly. I have figured out everything except this last ...
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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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Historically correct usage of “Britannien” and “Großbritannien”

Quick background: I am working on a translation from English to German of a Canadian history textbook (note: for grade 7 students). The textbook refers consistently to "Britain" and does not use the ...
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What does “Genievorstellung” mean?

What does the word "Genievorstellung" mean in following sentence: In der Genievorstellung der Romantik waren große Dichter über allem stehende Persönlichkeiten. Source: Der "wahre" Shakespeare
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What is an appropriate translation for “in flight”?

Some colleagues from the US overly use the term in flight. Here's an example from an email: Notify them that your changes are in flight. They will need to update their code once your change is ...
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Translation for “hypocrite”

What would the most apt translation for the word "hypocrite" be in German? In the Duden the word Hypokrit does exist, though I believe it is used very rarely. Some other online dictionaries ...
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How do you translate “bless his (little) heart?”

I'm trying to figure out how to translate the idiomatic expression "Bless his (little) heart" into German. The general sense is: "He meant well, but, wow, was that ever dumb!" I don't think the ...
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Wie heisst “kitchen island” auf Deutsch?

Wie bezeichnet man ein kitchen island auf Deutsch? Ein kitchen island ist eine Art Schrank in der Mitte der Küche. Manche kitchen islands haben einen Herd eingebaut, andere nur Schränke. Sie werden ...
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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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Meaning and usage of “sich unterstehen”

I found this (dwds.de): sich einer Sache unterstehen sich anmaßen, erdreisten, etw. zu tun niemand unterstand sich, ihr zu widersprechen So sich einer Sache unterstehen means sich anmaßen ...
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Gibt es eine deutsche Phrase, die dasselbe bedeutet wie “It is an ill wind that blows no good”?

Gibt es eine deutsche Phrase, die dasselbe bedeutet wie "It is an ill wind that blows no good"? Is there a German phrase that has the same meaning as "It is an ill wind that blows no good"? This ...
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What's the meaning of “Er hat mit ihr geschäckert”? [closed]

Can someone translate this into English: Er hat mit ihr geschäkert. The verb "schäckern" has no entry in dict.leo.org . UPDATE The correct spelling is schäkern which you can find in most ...
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Is “Ich bin gut” a valid reply for “How are you”?

I know you have to say Es geht mir gut. but Ich bin gut. sounds good to me. Can I say that?
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Differences between “Lehrveranstaltung” and “Vorlesung”?

Both seem to be synonyms. In what cases should I use each one?
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Wie übersetzt man 'Oh, a fellow Swiss'?

"Oh, ein Schweizer" sagt, dass der andere ein Schweizer ist, aber nicht dass man selber einer ist. Gibts solch eine Formulierung? "Ich bin auch Schweizer" ist eine Möglichkeit, hat den Fokus ...
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What is correct German word for “native land”?

I'm writing a book, and I made a rule for myself, to name every chapter in German (not that I knew German really well). So trying to name a chapter, I've found that in German there are several words, ...
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Wo liegt der Unterschied zwischen “nun” und “jetzt”?

Diese Frage wurde auch hier (auf Englisch) beantwortet: What is the difference between "nun" and "jetzt"? Ich übersetzte die beiden als "now", aber ich vermute, dass es ...
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Translation of “to maintain a skill”

I haven't been able to find an obvious translation for to maintain a skill. There are three verbs I've come across that seem like they could do that job: Halten Erhalten Aufrechterhalten But I ...
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Does “aufrollen” have a colloquial meaning?

I'm translating an old German newspaper article and the word "aufrollen" is used in what appears to be a colloquial manner, since the literal meaning "to roll (up)" doesn't quite fit. Here is 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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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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“kein Klavier” or “nicht Klavier” spielen?

Ich spiele nicht Klavier. / Ich fahre Auto nicht. vs. Ich spiele kein Klavier. / Ich fahre kein Auto. What are the differences between those sentences? My grammar book says that Klavier spielen, ...
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Strange Pokémon attack names in a German translation

While playing Pokémon in German, I came across a few attack names (usually with the -er ending) that I wasn't able to find in the dictionary. In the English version of the game these names just seem ...
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What's the German name for an equal spacing divider?

What is the German name for this tool? It is used to divide lengths into equal sections. In English it is called an equal spacing divider. It is used in engineering.
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What is the accurate translation of “stands to reason” within a “logical” context?

Taking the following example: It stands to reason that most people will not buy a new car if they don't think they can pay for it. The "stands to reason" could be replaced by "logical" as in: ...
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What is an accurate translation for “I just wanted to run this by you…”?

I'm after a (hopefully idiomatic) translation of: "I just wanted to run this (thing) by you." The typical context is that you think of something which you want somebody else's opinion on, or ...
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Translation for “Und dass sowas von sowas kommt”

I don't understand the meaning of this line: Und dass sowas von sowas kommt From the song "99 Luftballoons". A translation and a grammatical explanation will be great.
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What is the meaning of “Schlängelgang”?

What does "Schlängelgang" mean? I wasn't able to find it anywhere. This is from Fontane's Stine: Ich verstehe mich ein bißchen auf das menschliche Herz; denn sieh, wer jahrelang auf dem ...
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Übersetzung für “badger cull”

Der “badger cull” oder auch “- culling” beschreibt die systematische Jagd auf Dachse, um deren Population drastisch zu minimieren (siehe Link für weitere Details). Ich habe allerdings Schwierigkeiten, ...
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Why do the endings of the translations of “uranium” and “plutonium” differ?

Why does the English plutonium translate to Plutonium, but uranium translate to Uran? Is there any reason for this difference, or is it just the natural irregularity, that is found everywhere in ...
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ich, der ich seit 20 Jahren “meinem Volke” or “seinem Volke” diene? (Questions about pronoun antecedents & relative clause)

Question 1: I found the clause "ich, der ich seit 20 Jahren seinem Volke diene" in my textbook. The book says that its English translation is "I, who have been serving my people for 20 years". Why ...
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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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Translating “profile” and “area of specialisation” on a CV

I am trying to translate my CV into German and to find appropriate expression for the following: profile (e.g. graduate engineer, bachelor, master) area of specialisation Regarding the first ...
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“irgendwo hinfliegen” oder “irgendwohin fliegen”

I think he will fly somewhere next week, but I can't remember where. Wie übersetzt man das ins Deutsche? (a) Ich glaube, er wird nächste Woche irgendwo hinfliegen, aber ich kann mich nicht ...
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German word for “thesis reviewer” and “thesis examiner”

Maybe this is something specific to the French doctorate, but a thesis committee is made of different types of members: An advisor (directeur) is a person that supervised the doctoral work. They ...
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What is the accurate translation of “Best Regards” to finish a letter?

To finish up a letter addressed to a client, I use Best Regards, followed by my signature. I've looked around for a direct translation, and came up with: ...
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Übersetzung für “random”

Ich suche eine gute Übersetzung für That answer was somewhat random Wie ist die folgende? Die Antwort war recht zufällig/willkürlich. Sagt man das so?
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“Finder will be rewarded” in German?

I want to translate the phrase Finder will be rewarded. to German. Somehow there is no dictionary on the net which contained the phrase. I am looking for a metaphorical equivalent.
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Übersetzung von “Guess what!”

Guess what! I met your sister yesterday! Wie kann man das ins Deutsche übersetzen? Würde die direkte Übersetzung Rate mal! Ich habe gestern auf deine Schwester getroffen! funktionieren? Was ...
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Prägnante Übersetzung von engl. “views” (wie in “42 views of this post”)

Ich suche nach einem kurzen und prägnanten Begriff für "view", wie er in Internet-Foren und auch hier auf StackExchange verwendet wird. This post has 42 views. "Ansichten" erscheint mir etwas ...
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Übersetzung von »It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when«

Wenn man versucht, dramatisch zu klingen, sagt man oft It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. auf Englisch – besonders in Filmen. Wie könnte man diesen Ausdruck übersetzen? Es ist ...
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How to differentiate Sie (they) or Sie (you)?

Sie haben meine Brieftasche. This sentence has 2 different meanings - They have my wallet. or You have my wallet. How can I know which is intended?
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Difference in translation by capitalizing the first letter in 'How are you' [closed]

I translated 'how are you' on Google translate and it gave me the response 'wie geht es dir'. On the other hand, when I translated 'How are you' (making the H capital), the translation became 'Wie ...
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Why we use here in this context “zu Deutsch”?

In a German text, describing Russian sentences for Germans, they wrote a Russian sentence and after it (zu Deutsch: …) That means its translation, but why did they write “zu Deutsch” instead of ...
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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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Translation of “gut x kilometer”

What's the English translation of "gut dreißig Kilometer"? As in: Es befindet sich gut dreißig Kilometer außerhalb von London? I'm not sure whether it's 'a good thirty kilometres' or 'some ...
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Wie kann ich “swipe” am besten übersetzen?

Ich übersetze eine Bedienungsanleitung, aber ich finde keine gute Übersetzung für das Wort "to swipe". Es handelt sich hierbei um "swipe on the screen up or down ...", wie man es von der Benutzung ...
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German for “graceful degradation”

The term graceful degradation is often used as a technical term to describe a system that doesn't loose all its functionality at once, but is able to maintain some intermediary mode to remain ...
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Translation of “the 45th most beautiful city”

For "the second/third beautiful city, we can write Die zweitschönste Stadt and Die drittschönste Stadt What about the 45th most beautiful city? We can probably write Die 45. schönste ...