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Der grosse Zuhalter

German translation: the great pimp

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18:24 Aug 10, 2001
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Der grosse Zuhalter
A friendly gesture
brandon
German translation:the great pimp
Explanation:
literally translated providing the original reads:

der große Zuhälter

friendly gesture? Whoops! Maybe some more context could clarify this term.

HTH
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Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 15:00
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Summary of answers provided
na +2the great pimpUschi (Ursula) Walke
napimp
IngePreiss
naThe great pimp
Mats Wiman
naGroßzügigkeit = generosity
Kim Metzger
naIt makes no sense....xxxWGP
nazu jemandem halten?- to support someone
Johanna Timm, PhD
naIs this some kind of reference to "Big Brother"?
Parrot


  

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18 mins peer agreement (net): +2
the great pimp


Explanation:
literally translated providing the original reads:

der große Zuhälter

friendly gesture? Whoops! Maybe some more context could clarify this term.

HTH

Uschi (Ursula) Walke
Local time: 15:00
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 175
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agree  Mats Wiman: see below
10 hrs

agree  Anna Bittner
1132 days
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25 mins
zu jemandem halten?- to support someone


Explanation:
*Zuhälter* means *pimp*, but since your added info suggests something friendly a gesture even, I guess this might relate to the verb form: *zu jemandem halten*, meaning: to support someone;to take one's side someone to rely on, no matter what.
The noun *Zuhälter* is not used in this this sense though! You need to express this through the above verb.
But maybe I'm completely off here...


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Johanna Timm, PhD
Canada
Local time: 21:00
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 4374
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41 mins
Is this some kind of reference to "Big Brother"?


Explanation:
I dunno, in the Orson Welles sense.

Parrot
Spain
Local time: 06:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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47 mins
It makes no sense....


Explanation:
...no matter how you twist or turn it. Maybe Brandon was being sarcastic when he wrote "friendly gesture".

One thing is for sure, though: the words "Zuhalter" or "Zuhälter" would never be used in this way.

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One meaning of "zuhalten" has been ignored so far: to keep something closed. But that is probably as far off as everything else here.

xxxWGP
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1 hr
Großzügigkeit = generosity


Explanation:
Sure, I know this is just a guessing game, but one possibility would be generosity as a word that entails a friendly gesture. I'm sure Brandon knows by now that the words he gave us don't exist in German.


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Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 23:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2598
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4 hrs
pimp


Explanation:
would be the literal translation of "zuhälter". i agree with the others that it is very difficult to find a satisfactory explanation here.

1. is not clear whether it should be actually ZUHALTER or ZUHÄLTER

if it really means der grosse zuhalter in my view it sounds rather sarcastic

i could imagine that it refers to a person that always supports, helps stands by other people but in doing so exaggerates a bit since his actions are not based on pure altruistic motives but more to be accepted by the others.

Or perhaps referring to discussions that this person does not have his own opinion but changes sides depending on the situation.

A wild guess, I have to admit.

Inge


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IngePreiss
Germany
Local time: 06:00
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 82
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11 hrs
The great pimp


Explanation:
I hook on to Kim's remark and fetch a suggestion from my WGD (Wild Guess Department):
It's a sarcastic deceitful uttering about or to the despicable pimp someone is dealing with.


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Mats Wiman
Sweden
Local time: 06:00
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish
PRO pts in pair: 711
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