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proverbial fumes

English translation: related to a commong saying

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03:07 Feb 23, 2009
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
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English term or phrase: proverbial fumes
At dawn, they peered out the windows ,longing for land before the fuel gauges spun down to zero. Operating on those proverbial fumes, they found Africa just in time.
Shirley Fan
Local time: 11:45
English translation:related to a commong saying
Explanation:
running on fumes means to have very little fuel left, because it is a common phrase, it is being referred to as proverbial. See 2, "commonly spoken of" below

Webster's

pro£ver£bi£al
Pronunciation:pr**v*rb**l, -vub-, -v*ib-
Function:adjective
Etymology:Latin proverbialis, from proverbium proverb + -alis -al * more at PROVERB

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a proverb *the proverbial style* *proverbial wisdom* *proverbial comparisons*
2 : that has become a proverb or byword : commonly spoken of *the proverbial restlessness of sailors— Herman Melville*
–pro£ver£bi£al£ly \-**l*, -li\ adverb
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related to a commong saying


Explanation:
running on fumes means to have very little fuel left, because it is a common phrase, it is being referred to as proverbial. See 2, "commonly spoken of" below

Webster's

pro£ver£bi£al
Pronunciation:pr**v*rb**l, -vub-, -v*ib-
Function:adjective
Etymology:Latin proverbialis, from proverbium proverb + -alis -al * more at PROVERB

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a proverb *the proverbial style* *proverbial wisdom* *proverbial comparisons*
2 : that has become a proverb or byword : commonly spoken of *the proverbial restlessness of sailors— Herman Melville*
–pro£ver£bi£al£ly \-**l*, -li\ adverb

David Russi
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