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11:39 Nov 12, 2007
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English term or phrase: Seeking an English idiom
Greetings,

There is a saying in Turkish "Bana dokunmayan yılan bin yaşasın", which literally means "Long may the snake live, which would never bite me for all I care! (or "The snake that doesn't touch me can live a thousand years for all I care". I am looking for the closest equivalent to this saying in English. Many Thanks
Mehmet Hascan
Ireland
Local time: 20:27
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Summary of answers provided
3 +1Let sleeping dogs lie
Claire Chapman
3Out of sight, out of mind.
Tim Drayton
2live and let live
NancyLynn


Discussion entries: 7





  

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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5
seeking an english idiom
live and let live


Explanation:
Is this the sort of thing you are looking for, Mehmet?

NancyLynn
Canada
Local time: 15:27
Works in field
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 8
Notes to answerer
Asker: Hi Nancy, The meaning is that as long as I am not affected by something unpleasant etc., I don't mind at all. I only care for myself. many thanks

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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
seeking an english idiom
Let sleeping dogs lie


Explanation:
This is the first one that I thought of. There may be others.

Let sleeping dogs lie - Meaning:
* If someone is told to let sleeping dogs lie, it means that they shouldn't disturb a situation as it would result in trouble or complications.
http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/let sleeping do...

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Note added at 6 hrs (2007-11-12 18:06:44 GMT)
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Here is a resource for English idioms:

Dictionary of English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/

Claire Chapman
Local time: 15:27
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
Notes to answerer
Asker: Hi GWC - Claire, The meaning is that as long as I am not affected by something unpleasant etc., I don't mind at all. I only care for myself. many thanks


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Cilian O'Tuama: not bad for starters / or sth. along the lines of "I'm not opening that can of worms"?
3 hrs
  -> Thank you, Cilian :-)
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20 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
Out of sight, out of mind.


Explanation:
This is the closest I can get to it in English. The meaning is that as long as I don't know about it, it doesn't concern me.

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Note added at 23 hrs (2007-11-13 11:38:36 GMT)
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That is not my understanding of this saying.
Imagine a city has a problem with homeless people sleeping in the main park and a lot of people complain about this. So the police move the rough sleepers to a less prominent place. The complaints stop because most people no longer see the problem This is a situation in which we can use "out of sight, out of mind". It doesn't necessarily have the implication of something which is a threat as the Turkish saying does, but as I said this is the closest I can come up with.

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Note added at 1 day3 hrs (2007-11-13 14:49:52 GMT)
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Theproblem for me is that I have never heard of such a proverb, and can only find a single mention of it on the web:
http://64.233.169.104/search?q=cache:J7d8hFgizpYJ:www.giga-u...
Otherwise, if I think about the meaning, there is a very close correspondence.

Tim Drayton
Cyprus
Local time: 22:27
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
Notes to answerer
Asker: Hi Tim, "Out of sight, out of mind." is used to say sb will quickly be forgotten when they are no longer with you. However, I am looking for something which means "as long as I am not affected by something unpleasant etc., I don't mind at all. I only care for myself." many thanks

Asker: Thanks a million, Tim. Do you think the proverb "The stone that lieth not in your way need not offend you." convey the same meaning as the Turkish saying? I’d appreciate your input on this.

Asker: Thank you very much for your time and help. Regards

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Changes made by editors
Nov 13, 2007 - Changes made by Mehmet Hascan:
Language pairTurkish to English » English
Nov 12, 2007 - Changes made by Ali Bayraktar:
Language pairEnglish » Turkish to English
Nov 12, 2007 - Changes made by Özden Arıkan:
Term askedBana dokunmayan yılan bin yaşasın » Seeking an English idiom
Nov 12, 2007 - Changes made by Mehmet Hascan:
Language pairTurkish to English » English
Nov 12, 2007 - Changes made by Fabio Descalzi:
Term askedidiom » Bana dokunmayan yılan bin yaşasın
Language pairEnglish » Turkish to English
FieldOther » Art/Literary


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