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German translation: is there more to it?

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12:19 Jun 27, 2001
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
Marketing
English term or phrase: And paint the town in red
promotional letter advertising a car
Eve
German translation:is there more to it?
Explanation:
Your questions may also contain a play with words if it is not misspelled.

It would then be a mix between going out to have a good time and to actually paint the town red...

In this case my proposal is as follows:

"Machen Sie einen drauf - in rot." or similar. As this is a slogan you might want to work on a German slogan something similar to my proposal.
Selected response from:

Karl Apsel
Ireland
Local time: 02:45
Grading comment
More context: Now tune into the electronic stereo radio/stereo cassette player. Four
speakers, great sound. And a built-in security code theft deterrent.
There’s a wealth of driving equipment too - including a tachometer of
course.
Right up your street? Choose your Sort in one of five selected colours.
And paint the town red.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +2Machen Sie einen los!
Karl Apsel
nais there more to it?
Karl Apsel
na -1Und machen Sie die Stadt unsicher!
Kim Metzger
na -1Und malen Sie die Stadt rotxxxSprachprof


  

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16 mins peer agreement (net): -1
Und malen Sie die Stadt rot


Explanation:
Native speaker

xxxSprachprof
Local time: 03:45
PRO pts in pair: 12

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Ulrike Lieder: 'paint the town red' means to party (wildly) - Karl's right
49 mins
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26 mins peer agreement (net): +2
Machen Sie einen los!


Explanation:
"to paint the town red" = to go out and have a wild time

This could be in German:
"Einen drauf machen" or "Einen los machen".

"Machen Sie einen los!" or "Machen Sie einen drauf!" would address a young, easy going age group. You would definitely not use it to sell upper class limousines.

If my interpretation of "to paint the town red" should be wrong, forget everything I wrote in this posting :-)


    native German speaker living in Ireland for 8 years
Karl Apsel
Ireland
Local time: 02:45
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 50

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Dierk Seeburg
2 hrs

agree  Andrea Kopf
3 hrs
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30 mins
is there more to it?


Explanation:
Your questions may also contain a play with words if it is not misspelled.

It would then be a mix between going out to have a good time and to actually paint the town red...

In this case my proposal is as follows:

"Machen Sie einen drauf - in rot." or similar. As this is a slogan you might want to work on a German slogan something similar to my proposal.

Karl Apsel
Ireland
Local time: 02:45
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 50
Grading comment
More context: Now tune into the electronic stereo radio/stereo cassette player. Four
speakers, great sound. And a built-in security code theft deterrent.
There’s a wealth of driving equipment too - including a tachometer of
course.
Right up your street? Choose your Sort in one of five selected colours.
And paint the town red.
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3 hrs peer agreement (net): -1
Und machen Sie die Stadt unsicher!


Explanation:
Another German expression for "painting the town red."


    Harper Collins
Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 20:45
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2598

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  xxxSprachprof: that wouldn't be helpful for selling cars, literally "make the town unsafe"
6 hrs
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