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have the place down about the ears

English translation: the house will fall down

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18:22 Dec 27, 2005
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: have the place down about the ears
(There’s too much noise - like things are thrown and broken upstairs. The man goes up to look at the girl’s room, but the girl is standing in the middle, asking:)
"'What noise?' giving me an offended look. And indeed, I could find nothing amiss in the room, although there was a strong whiff of stale wood dust, and the sunlight at the window was aswirl with motes. If things go on like this she will have the place down about our ears."
Local time: 09:43
English translation:the house will fall down
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Local time: 22:43
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4 +10the house will fall down



6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +10
the house will fall down

How I understand it.

United States
Local time: 22:43
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 44
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agree  Will Matter: If things continue the entire place will collapse.
1 min

agree  Tony M
2 mins

agree  Aisha Maniar
3 mins

agree  Derek Gill Franßen
10 mins

agree  Peter Shortall
33 mins

agree  Sara Noss
44 mins

agree  Dave Calderhead: and with will
5 hrs

agree  Rusinterp
6 hrs

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
13 hrs

agree  Cristina Chaplin
15 hrs
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