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12:34 Dec 26, 2005
English to French translations [Non-PRO] Idioms / Maxims / Sayings
English term or phrase:they were smoking something,
Here's the context :So it was with some skepticism that xxxx received a representative of xxxxx in 2002 who had come to ask if he would be interested in having the entire xxxxxx library digitized. “I don’t know how to put this—I had the feeling they were smoking something,” xxxxx recalled, though he described the initial conversation as cordial. They touched on questions of cost, disruption to the collection, and possible damage to books. “I thought it would be terrific if they could do it,” Verba said. “But I expressed at least as much skepticism as optimism. I thought it would be a long time before anyone digitized a whole library.”
Does it mean they are they hiding something or does this mean that they were being overly-optimistic due to substance use? (ils avaient fumé la moquette et étaient totalement fous?
The asker has declined this answer Comment: thanks, but it isn't really possible in the context
1 day 12 hrs confidence:
Ils m'avaient l'air de doux lunatiques/d'avoir fumé quelque chose
Explanation: Une possibilité pour rendre l'idée que l'auteur ne croyait pas en la possibilité de digitaliser tous ces livres. Je pense que c'est une image: il ne croit pas vraiment qu'ils étaient drogués mais qu'ils se comportaient comme des dingues, des lunatiques, des gens pas très réalistes.
The asker has declined this answer Comment: thanks this is pretty much the same idea as Jana
1 day 17 hrs confidence:
ils avaient fumé quelque chose
Explanation: “Je ne sais trop comment dire - j'avais l'impression qu'ils avaient fumé quelque chose" [...] Est-ce que cela signifie qu'ils étaient un peu trop optimistes parce qu'ils avaient consommé ?