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18:17 Mar 30, 2008
Italian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Italian term or phrase: battipanni
This is a bit more complicated than just the term...
The original sentence is, "Sicuro che è della Provvidenza! Infatti la Provvidenza lo userà come un battipanni. Per colpire la Chiesa come si fa coi vecchi materassi!"
Battipanni is a carpet beater. But, is there an English expression that gives this same idea? ...per colpire like one does with an old mattress?
hsaxton
Italy
Local time: 10:51
English translation:bat
Explanation:
"There are many things we can learn from the Galileo affair, but we usually only use him as a bat to beat up on the Roman Catholic Church".

http://www.gracecentered.com/center_of_the_universe.htm
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Paul O'Brien
Italy
Local time: 10:51
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bat


Explanation:
"There are many things we can learn from the Galileo affair, but we usually only use him as a bat to beat up on the Roman Catholic Church".

http://www.gracecentered.com/center_of_the_universe.htm

Paul O'Brien
Italy
Local time: 10:51
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