klupko se odmotava

12:10 Dec 22, 2010
Croatian to English translations [PRO]
Poetry & Literature
Croatian term or phrase: klupko se odmotava
kad se nešto razotkriva kaze se: klupko se odmotava
Local time: 01:04

Summary of answers provided
5'something' unfolds, tells, is brought out, is unveiled
Martina Pokupec (X)
4the scheme starts to unravel
Paula Gordon
3the truth comes to light

Discussion entries: 6



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the truth comes to light

možda malo pomogne

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Local time: 01:04
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in BosnianBosnian
Notes to answerer
Asker: Hvala, stavila sam: it was unrevealed. Pozdrav

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'something' unfolds, tells, is brought out, is unveiled

nekoliko prijedloga, no bez konteksta je dosta teško..

    Reference: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/unfold
Martina Pokupec (X)
Local time: 01:04
Works in field
Native speaker of: Croatian
PRO pts in category: 4
Notes to answerer
Asker: Stavila sam: unrevealed. No hvala na prijedlozima! Pozdrav

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2 days 10 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
the scheme starts to unravel

This is the definition given by Bujas, Veliki hr-eng rječnik.
It is almost a literal definition -- a ball/skein of wool or yarn becomes unrolled/unravelled.
It would be good to know the context -- is something being revealed, or is the situation falling apart (a plan going wrong, for instance)?
My suggestion fits the second context.
Your context will determine how to translate "klupko" -- plot, scheme, plan, etc.
Interestingly, in many of the instances I found online, either interpretation would work! Mostly used with regard to criminal activities being discovered.
(My apologies for writing in English.)
Full citation: Bujas, Željko. 2001. Veliki hrvatsko-engleski rječnik / Croatian-English dictionary, second edition. Zagreb: Nakladni zavod Globus.

Example sentence(s):
  • The robbers\' plans started to unravel when they discovered on arrival that the bank was holding a press conference that afternoon.
  • http://www.index.hr/sport/clanak/klupko-se-odmotava-serdarusic-pod-istragom-drzavnog-odvjetnistva/424570.aspx

    Reference: http://www.kupiknjigu.com/autor/id,630/zeljko_bujas.html
Paula Gordon
United States
Local time: 19:04
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: English
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