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A scalded cat flees cold water

English translation: the cut flees anything which reminds him of hot water

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10:50 Aug 6, 2004
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
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Spanish term or phrase: A scalded cat flees cold water
Why do the Spanish say that a scalded cat flees "cold" water and not "hot" water?
eam
Local time: 01:12
English translation:the cut flees anything which reminds him of hot water
Explanation:
since cold water esentially LOOKS like hot water, the cat flees from it

hope it helps, here's a reference:

Influencias del gato en los refranes
... Gato escaldado, del agua fría huye: el que ha pasado ya por un trance
amargo, en lo sucesivo rehúye todo aquello que se lo recuerde. ...
www.maullidosyronroneos.com/ influencias/lengua/refranes/ - 17k - En caché - Páginas similares

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Note added at 5 mins (2004-08-06 10:55:41 GMT)
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cAt of course...

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Note added at 13 mins (2004-08-06 11:04:18 GMT) Post-grading
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Here are a couple of similar sayings:

El que se quema con leche, ve una vaca y llora.
El que se quema con zapallo, sopla hasta la sandía.
(Humorísticos, aluden al escarmiento o a la experiencia)

follow this link:

http://rimar2000.com.ar/prv/724.HTM




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moken
Local time: 00:12
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5 +1the cut flees anything which reminds him of hot water
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the cut flees anything which reminds him of hot water


Explanation:
since cold water esentially LOOKS like hot water, the cat flees from it

hope it helps, here's a reference:

Influencias del gato en los refranes
... Gato escaldado, del agua fría huye: el que ha pasado ya por un trance
amargo, en lo sucesivo rehúye todo aquello que se lo recuerde. ...
www.maullidosyronroneos.com/ influencias/lengua/refranes/ - 17k - En caché - Páginas similares

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Note added at 5 mins (2004-08-06 10:55:41 GMT)
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cAt of course...

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Note added at 13 mins (2004-08-06 11:04:18 GMT) Post-grading
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Here are a couple of similar sayings:

El que se quema con leche, ve una vaca y llora.
El que se quema con zapallo, sopla hasta la sandía.
(Humorísticos, aluden al escarmiento o a la experiencia)

follow this link:

http://rimar2000.com.ar/prv/724.HTM






moken
Local time: 00:12
Native speaker of: Spanish
PRO pts in category: 49
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