dirty business

21:33 Jul 24, 2018
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English to Dutch translations [PRO]
Cinema, Film, TV, Drama
English term or phrase: dirty business
'War is a dirty business'.

Context: Someone advises a presidedent to launch a suprise attack on another country (in order to start a war) and to do it on that country's most holy day.

President: 'On their holy day?!'
Reply: 'War is a dirty business'.

It's for a movie I'm subtitling, so the translation can't be much longer that the English sentence.
So far, all I have come up with is 'oorlog is verachtelijk', but I'm not very happy with that translation.
Irene Witpaard
Local time: 08:09

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Edith van der Have-Raats



10 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1

"Oorlog is ook smerig", kort genoeg en dan houd je het dirty er gelijk ook in.

Note added at 11 hrs (2018-07-25 09:11:07 GMT)

of 'nu eenmaal', als dat past.

Note added at 11 hrs (2018-07-25 09:11:48 GMT)

Of 'nu eenmaal', als dat past.

Edith van der Have-Raats
Local time: 08:09
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch

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agree  Kitty Brussaard
6 hrs
  -> Dank je, Kitty!
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