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to fish to cut bait

French translation: pêcher les appâts

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English term or phrase:to fish to cut bait
French translation:pêcher les appâts
Entered by: Stéphanie Rackind
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13:41 Mar 21, 2002
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary / Newspaper / magazine article
English term or phrase: to fish to cut bait
The text is about delegation of work in an organisation and how important it is for managers to delegate or the'll end up working for their employees. The paragraph is the following : "Late Friday afternoon, the manager is in his office with the door closed for privacy in order to contemplate the situation, while his subordinates are waiting outside to get a last chance before the weekend to remind him that the will have to “fish to cut bait”. Imagine what they are saying to each other about the manager as they wait: “What a bottleneck. He just can’t make up his mind. How anyone ever got that high up in our company without being able to make a decision we’ll never know”.
Stéphanie Rackind
France
Local time: 20:38
Il faudra pêcher les appâts
Explanation:
This means that it is getting so late that the employees won't have time to buy bait before they go fishing for the weekend. They will first have to fish , and then cut up the fish they catch to make bait.
No reference other US native.
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Gayle Wallimann
Local time: 20:38
Grading comment
Thanks a lot. Very good explanation.
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5Il faudra pêcher les appâts
Gayle Wallimann


  

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Il faudra pêcher les appâts


Explanation:
This means that it is getting so late that the employees won't have time to buy bait before they go fishing for the weekend. They will first have to fish , and then cut up the fish they catch to make bait.
No reference other US native.

Gayle Wallimann
Local time: 20:38
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1385
Grading comment
Thanks a lot. Very good explanation.
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