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|German term or phrase: 'ran gewichst und nicht gezittert|
|In a 1941 letter, a soldier begins a letter to his wife as follows:|
Trotz eines augenblicklichen physischen Unbehagens (Kater was schnurrst Du so nett) ••'ran gewichst u. nicht gezittert.•• Und wenn der olle Schädel noch so brummt u. stöhnt, es wird geschrieben, es muss geschrieben werden, mach ein, mach hin, und Nerven behalten.
I found "hinein gewichst und nicht gezittert" as a Skat expression, of which I assume this is a variation, but I'm not sure of the meaning, especially in the hangover context. The first word appears to be 'ran, but it could be 'rein with an undotted i. Any suggestions?
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|Reference: ran an den Feind|
The Skat expression is a variation on the expression “Ran an den Feind und nicht gezittert” which dates back to the times of World War I where it was used to root for young athletes to work out and train their bodies to be fit for the war.
I’ve often heard the two parts of this expression: “ran an den feind” and “…und nicht gezittert” being used separately, or like in this case, one part replaced with a variation.
Meaning: to unflinchingly face something that is maybe a little uncomfortable/difficult/tricky, “just getting it over with”
Agree with Olaf re the sexual connotation.
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|Changes made by editors|
|Nov 14, 2008 - Changes made by Ingeborg Gowans:|
|Edited KOG entry||<a href="/profile/5155">Ann C Sherwin's</a> old entry - "'ran gewichst und nicht gezittert" » "let's get on with it no matter what; let's get to it without delay ( no time to be afraid)"|
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