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07:56 Jul 9, 2003
German to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary / Redewendung
German term or phrase:den Bettelstab auslegen
In der Kirche trällert XY und legt ihren Bettelstab aus.
NB: "Hat in hand" is probably the most common idiomatic euphemism for begging, at least in American English -- far more common that "Bettelstab" in German, so maybe not the best fit in this case, after all.
Also: I fear "palm outstretched" tends to be associated more with the solicitation of tips.
Bernard Myers France Local time: 09:04 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 77