Aber genau in solchen Situationen muss man einfach durchpowern!

In conversation, I just heard this said in a context where my friend, the speaker, was fighting the urge to doze off after a long day at work.

Is it an anglicism or a slang word, as I can't seem to find it in several dictionaries? If so, how is this expression commonly paraphrased into something more standard?

  • sounds like a contamination of durchkämpfen and auspowern
    – user9551
    Commented May 18, 2019 at 14:46

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This seems like a loan translation of English power through "to continue in a strong and determined way until the end of something, even when this is difficult" (Cambridge Dictionary). Duden actually has powern as a verb, so particle verbs based on it are to be expected.

As a replacement, I would suggest combining two figures of speech:

Aber genau in solchen Situationen muß man einfach die Zähne zusammenbeißen und nochmal Gas geben!

Loong mentioned auspowern in a comment. I know this verb with the meaning "sich verausgaben", with powern pronounced in the English manner [paʊ̯ɐn]. However, Duden has a verb auspowern with the meaning "ausbeuten", with powern pronouned [poːvɐn], which I have never heard.

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    Das deutsch ausgesprochene "auspowern" kommt von frz. pauvre, arm: duden.de/rechtschreibung/power. -ower* ist selten, möglicherweise nur in Lehnwörtern, wie in "ausbaldowern" aus Rotwelsch.
    – dlatikay
    Commented May 19, 2019 at 5:06
  • it's quite certainly a loan translation as you describe. 'am Ende des Tages' is another one of those.
    – bukwyrm
    Commented May 19, 2019 at 6:47
  • "auspowern" englisch ausgesprochen scheint ursprünglich eine Reanalyse der geschriebenen Form gewesen zu sein.
    – sgf
    Commented May 19, 2019 at 15:52

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