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there had been many a mink coat put on the company tab

Spanish translation: Se había cargado a la cuenta de la empresa más de un abrigo de visón...

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08:11 Jul 23, 2001
English to Spanish translations [PRO]
English term or phrase: there had been many a mink coat put on the company tab
I don't get the whole idea. It's about Life magazine, in the 60's. La empresa no escatimaba gastos para lograr las mejores fotografías (aunque a veces se pasaba de la raya).

"Life's reputation for profligacy was deserved; legend magnified it. The magazine harbored some of the company's most creative expense-accounts artists. Charles Jackson, its publisher, knew whereof he spoke when he told a staff gathering he knew there had been many a mink coat put on the company tab - "hair by hair".
Y realmente dice: "many a mink coat", que a mi no me suena bien, pero la fuente en inglés es fiable.
Clarisa Moraña
Argentina
Local time: 08:14
Spanish translation:Se había cargado a la cuenta de la empresa más de un abrigo de visón...
Explanation:
In other words, the company had paid for quite a few mink coats....
Good luck!
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Sebastian Lopez
Local time: 11:14
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Gracias a los tres por su ayuda. No sabía lo de "many a" (¡siempre se aprende algo nuevo!). Los tres ayudaron a aclararme el panorama. No creo que los abrigos de visón fueran para las esposas, o ..., de los periodistas, sino una especie de "sobornos" a esposas de quienes pudieran ser noticia o a actrices famosas para conseguir "la mejor foto" o la "primicia fotográfica".
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naSe había cargado a la cuenta de la empresa más de un abrigo de visón...
Sebastian Lopez
nasee explanationxxxtazdog
naMany a mink coatcarolmca


  

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Many a mink coat


Explanation:
This phrase is fine in English, it literally just means "lots of", i.e. lots of mink coats. The idea is that the photographers bought lots of mink coats/or other items at the expense of the magazine.

As for the translation I don´t know if you can manage it now or if one of our other colleagues could suggest a proper translation of the text.


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carolmca
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42 mins
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Explanation:
“Many a” is a correct construction in English, so it’s no mistake. The meaning is basically the same as just “many”.

Una palabra importante en el texto es CREATIVE. La idea es que muchos empleados de la revista pagaron los abrigos de visón (de sus esposas o... ) a través de sus notas de gastos, incluyendo gastos no legítimos o poniendo cantidades que no correspondían a los gastos reales. Poco a poco, estas cantidades se van sumando, y así poco a poco (o “pelo a pelo”) se puede “financiar” un abrigo de visón.

Hope it helps.


xxxtazdog
Spain
Local time: 12:14
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52 mins
Se había cargado a la cuenta de la empresa más de un abrigo de visón...


Explanation:
In other words, the company had paid for quite a few mink coats....
Good luck!

Sebastian Lopez
Local time: 11:14
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 992
Grading comment
Gracias a los tres por su ayuda. No sabía lo de "many a" (¡siempre se aprende algo nuevo!). Los tres ayudaron a aclararme el panorama. No creo que los abrigos de visón fueran para las esposas, o ..., de los periodistas, sino una especie de "sobornos" a esposas de quienes pudieran ser noticia o a actrices famosas para conseguir "la mejor foto" o la "primicia fotográfica".
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