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to come within two bow-shots

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13:54 Apr 3, 2007
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English to French translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings / religion
English term or phrase: to come within two bow-shots
Contexte : présentation de la religion islamique, on évoque l'ascension du prophète Mahomet.

[this day] commemorates the night of the Muhammad's miraculous ascent to heaven, where he met Adam, Moses, Jesus [...] and finally came "within two bow-shots" of God.

Les guillemets sont dans le texte d'origine.

Je ne connais pas l'expression; est-ce l'idée d'être "à deux pas de/très proche de ?" Comment la rendre ici?
Stéphanie Soudais
France
Local time: 12:48
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Summary of answers provided
4 +1à une portée de flèche, à un jet de pierreSTL
3"à deux portées d'arbalète"
Anne Diamantidis


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à une portée de flèche, à un jet de pierre


Explanation:
L'expression existe. Elle peut sonner un peu familière, cependant

STL
Local time: 12:48
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench

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"à deux portées d'arbalète"


Explanation:
Trouvé notamment dans une critique littéraire du Monde sur "Le Livre de l´échelle de Mahomet", mais aussi dans quelques études sur le récit de l´ascension de Mahomet

Anne Diamantidis
Germany
Local time: 12:48
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