English translation: he didn't cultivate his mind or give it much importance
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20:41 Jan 24, 2004
English to English translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary
English term or phrase:swapped it for a mouth organ
George: Got to find a loophole in the marriage contract. I'll go see Arnie. I remember at school he had a brilliant legal mind... although I think he might have swapped it for a mouth organ.
Explanation: It could mean that he gave up legal studies to play music. And the use of the word "mouth organ" - as opposed to "harmonica" which musicians would usually use, suggests to me that the music wasn't very professional or demanding.
xxxIanW Local time: 00:07 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 235