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X: Wirst du mir helfen?

Y: Blas zum Antritt an!

I suppose this expression boils down to an enthusiastic "yes!", but I'm at a loss as to how to interpret its meaning.

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The best english translation I can think of is

to sound the rally

IOW, someone blows the horn to make people/soldiers collect for the appeal. Or, alternatively:

roll call

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Right, this means

I'm ready to help! Now or later, tell me when and I'll be there!

You won't hear »Blas zum Antritt an!« on the street, sounds like hunter speech, a command to start a hunt [for wild boars]. Colloquially we would say e. g.

Sag mir wann! (Tell me when!)

or

Jederzeit! (Any time!)

Keywords:

anblasen = durch ein Horn, Signal o. Ä. das Zeichen für den Beginn von etwas geben; etwas ankündigen = give the starting sign for something by using a horn or something similar; to announce something

Antritt = der Beginn, das Antreten = the beginning, the start

So a more literally translation for »Blas zum Antritt an!« could be

Play the horn to mark the beginning (of my help)!
(I will help as soon as I can hear the horn!)

  • Sag einfach Bescheid wäre auch noch eine gebräuchliche Form, so etwas im Alltag auszudrücken. – Christian Geiselmann May 31 '17 at 15:08
  • Hi. So basically: "let me know = anblasen" ... "as soon as = zum Antritt" ... "you need my help"? – Con-gras-tue-les-chiens May 31 '17 at 15:16
  • @Alone-zee: Please see my updated answer. – Pollitzer May 31 '17 at 19:12
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As has already been explained, blasen in this sentence refers to signalling something using a horn. I would like to add that I think that the usage in the example is wrong, though. There is zu etwas (Dativ) blasen and also (less frequent, I think) etwas (Akkusativ) anblasen. I do not think that there is zu etwas anblasen. So your correspondent should have answered:

Blas zum Antritt!

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