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10:46 Sep 20, 2007
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French to English translations [PRO]
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French term or phrase: à emporter
The context is a comic film in which someone has just found out an old friend - an old sea salt - is dead.

They say: "Mais pour moi c’était plus qu’un ami! Un frère! Un frère aîné! Brutal à emporter mais un grand cœur!"

Is the sense of "à emporter" here the same as "à en crever", ie a form of emphasis? Or does it perhaps mean "on the surface" ("a real brute on the surface, but a heart of gold...")?

Thanks in advance for your help.
Melissa McMahon
Australia
Local time: 16:51
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Summary of answers provided
3 +2a rough diamond
Jenny Forbes
4tough on top but all heart inside
AllegroTrans
4of rough behaviour but with a heart of goldVandor
3an angel in disguiseCarmen Archouniani
3hard to swallowjean-jacques alexandre


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24 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +2
a rough diamond


Explanation:
You might say "He was a real rough diamond" - someone who's rough on the surface but sparkling underneath - in which case you wouldn't need to add "but had a heart of gold". Alternatively, it could mean "It was difficult spending time with him, but he had a heart of gold". Am I just confusing the issue?

Jenny Forbes
Local time: 07:51
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Notes to answerer
Asker: No, not confusing, very helpful. I think Melzie and Philippe are right though. Thank you anyway.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Mohamed Mehenoun
21 mins

agree  jean-jacques alexandre: too bad Melissa does'nt want it, I though it was particularly good
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of rough behaviour but with a heart of gold


Explanation:
being rough on the surface is behaving rougly or even brutally as the text suggest. On the other hand the person may be generous,helful so with a great heart or with a heart of gold as this may sound better in English

Vandor
Local time: 08:51
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Asker: Thank you Vandor. I think though this may have been a 'fausse piste'. I appreciate your help anyway.

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hard to swallow


Explanation:
as in difficult to put up with

jean-jacques alexandre
France
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tough on top but all heart inside


Explanation:
suggestion

AllegroTrans
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an angel in disguise


Explanation:
as an analogy to devil in disguise

Carmen Archouniani
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Native speaker of: Native in ArmenianArmenian
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