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"angeflickt", as you guessed, is a compound (as a past participle) of an + ge + flickt, so you could search for flicken on the internet rather than anflicken ... In fact many German words have "detachable" prefixes: aufpassen, e.g. becomes "passen Sie auf" in the imperative I think dictionaries rarely include independent entries for each prefixed word ...


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"Anflicken" to me as native german speaker is not instantly clear. "Flicken" is widly used as rather slang term for repairing mostly anything, correctly used it should have something to do with sewing (esp. "Socken flicken" = "to mend socks") So "anflicken" should mean something like to annex or to stick... Here the meaning gets clear through the context. ...


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Both Tobias and guidot make important points: “anflicken” does imply that the result is extended in some way, and it does imply some imperfect character of the result. However, neither “patch” nor “apply” seem entirely satisfactory to me. I’d amend guidot’s translation to "Often a patch of purple is affixed to important starts…”. That does not capture the ...


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As mentioned in guidots answer, "flicken" means "mend". Now "an-" has the same origin as the english "ad-" and a very similar meaning. You could translate "anflicken" with "amend" then because in the process of adding "ad-" at the front of mend, the "d" got dropped. But this does not reflect the meaning of the german word. "amend" has become "add" too much. ...


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My translation of this would be: "Often a patch of purple is applied to important starts and meaningful promises... [to improve total appearance or detract from the uglier parts]". "Flicken" also means mending, so the German translation implies some provisional, non-perfect character of the result.


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"Anflicken" is a composition of "an" and "flicken". "Flicken" means to patch something. Together with "an" it means, that the object is being enlarged. Example: DEU: Ich flicke etwas Seide an den Schal an. ENG: I patch the scarf with some silk. I am not an native English speaker. So, please excuse my mistakes. I hope I could answer your question...



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