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09:30 May 28, 2002
English to Spanish translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: to tilt at the old windmill
Company 1 is to tilt at the odd windmill and take on Company 2 in the market.
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Summary of answers provided
4 +1arremeter contra el molino de viento
Andy Watkinson
4 +1Reto
Circe
4La compañía 1 luchará contra el viejo mito compitiendo...
Gustavo Garrido
3luchar contra los molinos de vientoJacek Zawisza


  

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15 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
La compañía 1 luchará contra el viejo mito compitiendo...


Explanation:
con la compañía 2 en el mercado.


Es una interpretación. Suerte.




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Note added at 2002-05-28 09:49:06 (GMT)
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Otra más literal:

\"La compañía 1 se enfrentará/ luchará contra el extraño molino de viento y competirá con la compañía 2 en el mercado\"

Gustavo Garrido
Argentina
Local time: 07:40
Native speaker of: Spanish
PRO pts in pair: 355
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22 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Reto


Explanation:
La compañía Nº 1 se afrontará a un reto para superar a la compañía Nº 2 en el mercado.

Es otra interpretación basada en el significado de "to tilt", retar.

Aquí te doy la referencia:

http://www.wordreference.com/English/definition.asp?en=tilt

7. (esp in medieval Europe)
a. a jousting contest.
b. a thrust with a lance or pole delivered during a tournament.
8. an attempt to win a contest.

Suerte. :o)

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Note added at 2002-05-28 09:55:16 (GMT)
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Quizás mejor: La compañía Nº 1 afrontará el reto de superar a la compañía Nº 2 en el mercado.

:o)

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Note added at 2002-05-28 10:12:22 (GMT)
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La compañía Nº 1 afrontará el viejo reto de superar a la compañía Nº 2 en el mercado.

Circe
Spain
Local time: 12:40
PRO pts in pair: 128

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Claudia Andreani
1 hr
  -> Gracias mil ClauNoe :o)
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39 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
arremeter contra el molino de viento


Explanation:
A literal translation, obviously.

This is a reference to Cervantes' Quijote who attacked windmills believing them to be giants. It simply means that company 1 is going to engage in battle with company 2.

Perhaps "va a librar la vieja batalla contra...." would fit in this context.

Andy Watkinson
Spain
Local time: 12:40
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1274

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agree  Refugio
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40 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
luchar contra los molinos de viento


Explanation:
Lo más seguro es que se trate de expresar la decisión de la Compañía 1 de enfrentarse a una lucha tremendamente desigual y sin esperanza con la compañía 2. Por lo que la traducción `podría ser:
(aunque te parezca excesivamente literal)

"La compañía 1 va a luchar contra los molinos de viento enfrentándose a la compañía 2 en el mercado"

Espero que te sirva

Jacek Zawisza
Spain
Local time: 12:40
Native speaker of: Native in PolishPolish
PRO pts in pair: 4
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