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18:00 Feb 24, 2006
English to Portuguese translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / criticism
English term or phrase: "settle in place"
The text is about music, but that part is very metaphoric, so I´ll put the whole sentence:

"In the postmodern age we're all just cogs in the machine. The machine will crush us under its weight, unless.... Unless we prevent it from settling in place, keep it moving, unable to consolidate."

In this case, does "to settle in place" mean to "get stabilized"?

In Portuguese: "a menos que a impeçamos de tomar conta" or "a menos que a impeçamos de se estabilizar"?
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Summary of answers provided
5 +1estabelecer, institucionalizar
CristinaPereira
5 +1tomar contaMarco Schaumloeffel
4acomodar
Neury
4ser instalada
Roberto Cavalcanti


  

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2 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
estabelecer, institucionalizar


Explanation:
Mas penso que seja isso: estabilizar. Vem-me à mente o "statu quo"...

CristinaPereira
Local time: 12:54
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in category: 36

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  António Ribeiro
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3 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
settling in place
acomodar


Explanation:
I believe that “acomodar” may match well the meaning of the phrase.

“...exceto se evitarmos que ela se acomode, a mantenhamos em movimento...”


Neury
Local time: 08:54
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in category: 4
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ser instalada


Explanation:
a impeçamos de ser instalada

Roberto Cavalcanti
Brazil
Local time: 08:54
Native speaker of: Portuguese
PRO pts in category: 44
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11 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
settle in place
tomar conta


Explanation:
fica metafórico e fiel ao contexto

Marco Schaumloeffel
Local time: 07:54
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 16

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agree  AnaCarla: é... encaixa bem no contexto!
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