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cornet de papier

English translation: a paper cone

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French term or phrase:cornet de papier
English translation:a paper cone
Entered by: Graham Clark
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08:31 Oct 1, 2000
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
French term or phrase: cornet de papier
"...he couldn't bite his way out of a cornet de papier." - Stenibeck, Travels With Charley
Erin
a paper cone
Explanation:
i.e. a paper cone which might hold sweets, or pop corn, or french fries.
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Graham Clark
Local time: 00:06
Grading comment
Thank you! :)
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Summary of answers provided
na"...couldn't bite his way out of a popcorn bag."Heathcliff
napaper cornet
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
nato fight one's way ot of a paper bagxxxLia Fail
na...so the guy couldn't either...xxxPaul Roige
naa paper coneGraham Clark
na"...out of a papercone"xxxPaul Roige


  

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38 mins
"...out of a papercone"


Explanation:
You know,those popcorn filled papercones used before the advent of plastic containers. Someone tells me they still use them in Sumbawa. Le Robert Méthodique frenchly explains it like this: cone-shaped rolled paper and susceptible (!!!!) of containing something. All yours,
cheers :)

xxxPaul Roige
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Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in CatalanCatalan
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40 mins
a paper cone


Explanation:
i.e. a paper cone which might hold sweets, or pop corn, or french fries.

Graham Clark
Local time: 00:06
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Thank you! :)
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41 mins
...so the guy couldn't either...


Explanation:
...finish with all the popcorn, OR, most likely he was so dumb or drunk he couldn't even find his way home from the neighbour's. Forgot to clarify this before. au revoir :)


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xxxPaul Roige
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4 hrs
to fight one's way ot of a paper bag


Explanation:
The functional, rather than literal, translation of this expression is 'he couldn't fight his way out of a paper bag', implying that someone is physically weak.

I don't know why anyone would rate someone's eating abilities! Unless in fact, it's a question of strength that is referred to in the original expression.

xxxLia Fail
Spain
Local time: 00:06
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 60

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20 hrs
"...couldn't bite his way out of a popcorn bag."


Explanation:
This might work if you want to combine the ideas of "biting" (rather than fighting in general) and "(wet) paper bag," while making the intention clear to an American/U.K. reading audience, to whom the concept of popcorn in bags is probably not entirely alien...

Cheers, HC

Heathcliff
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22 hrs
paper cornet


Explanation:
Although the English expression is :
"find one's way out of a paper bag".

Unles a deliberate corruption of this expression, then translate as :
"he couldn't eat his way through a paper cornet".



Nikki Scott-Despaigne
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