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05:21 Aug 20, 2000
English to Greek translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: like spitting in the air
like spitting in the air
Georgios P.

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na +1Σα να φτύνεις κόντρα στον άνεμοPanayota Georgakopoulou
naτο μόνο που καταφέρνεις είναι μια τρύπα στο νερόhannen007
na"σαν να φτύνεις τα μούτρα σου"
Nektaria Notaridou



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Σα να φτύνεις κόντρα στον άνεμο

I cannot remember now any equivalent Greek proverb, but even a 'literal' translation, such as the one above, will do, I believe. The meaning is that what you do, it will be bad for you, since when you spit against the wind, it's like spitting in your own face.

Panayota Georgakopoulou
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agree  Betty Revelioti
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"σαν να φτύνεις τα μούτρα σου"

although some context would help, this is a rather familiar phrase in Greek, meaning "like spitting your own face".

another "spitting" phrase is:
"τον φτύνεις και λέει 'ευχαριστώ'", meaning you spit on somebody's face and he is thanking you. This has the same "idiot" connotation as the original English phrase.

I hope this helps you. If you could provide some more context, maybe we could find something more suitable for the case.


Nektaria Notaridou
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το μόνο που καταφέρνεις είναι μια τρύπα στο νερό

Οι προσπάθειες σου είναι μάταιες!

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