The light tap of dancing feet gave way to the scrape of miners boots

Arabic translation: خَفَت الإيقاع الرشيق للأقدام الراقصة ليعلو صرير أحذية عمال المناجم.

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English term or phrase:The light tap of dancing feet gave way to the scrape of miners boots
Arabic translation:خَفَت الإيقاع الرشيق للأقدام الراقصة ليعلو صرير أحذية عمال المناجم.
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11:01 Jun 1, 2018
English to Arabic translations [PRO]
Cinema, Film, TV, Drama
English term or phrase: The light tap of dancing feet gave way to the scrape of miners boots
It's a sentence that is spoken in an old documentary about the Gold Rush (gold discovery) in California. The speaker goes like:

"Then gold was discovered in the rich hills of California. And as the news traveled far and wide, a new chapter was written in the colorful story of our state.The pastoral life of the Hacienda became submerged in the fierce competition of the mining camp, and the light tap of dancing feet gave way to the scrape of minders boots, as men from all walks of life and from every corner of the globe followed the pass of the pioneers, and beat new trails of their own in their search for the stuff from which dreams are made.

I have a difficulty deciding what the speaker exactly means in this instance. Can you please help? Thanks!
Tuleen Kharfan
Syria
Local time: 17:36
خَفَت الإيقاع الرشيق للأقدام الراقصة ليعلو صرير أحذية عمال المناجم.
Explanation:
طغى صرير أحذية عمال المناجم على الإيقاع الرشيق لأقدام الراقصين.

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Note added at 54 mins (2018-06-01 11:55:56 GMT)
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لم يعد يُسمَع الخفق الرشيق للأقدام الراقصة، فحل محله زحف أحذية عمال المناجم.

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Note added at 7 hrs (2018-06-01 18:22:44 GMT)
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I think it is not a metaphorical expression . The point here lies with the juxtaposition of "tap" of dancers' feet and "scrape" of miners' boots.
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Muhammad Hosny
Local time: 16:36


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4خَفَت الإيقاع الرشيق للأقدام الراقصة ليعلو صرير أحذية عمال المناجم.
Muhammad Hosny


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the light tap of dancing feet gave way to the scrape of miners boots
خَفَت الإيقاع الرشيق للأقدام الراقصة ليعلو صرير أحذية عمال المناجم.


Explanation:
طغى صرير أحذية عمال المناجم على الإيقاع الرشيق لأقدام الراقصين.

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Note added at 54 mins (2018-06-01 11:55:56 GMT)
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لم يعد يُسمَع الخفق الرشيق للأقدام الراقصة، فحل محله زحف أحذية عمال المناجم.

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Note added at 7 hrs (2018-06-01 18:22:44 GMT)
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I think it is not a metaphorical expression . The point here lies with the juxtaposition of "tap" of dancers' feet and "scrape" of miners' boots.

Muhammad Hosny
Local time: 16:36
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic
PRO pts in category: 4
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thank you! Nice Translation. Do you think the expression "dancing feet" could be a metaphor for something?

Asker: That makes total sense. Many thanks!

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