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English translation: a hive of activity, a bull in a china shop

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German term or phrase:der Bär tobt
English translation:a hive of activity, a bull in a china shop
Entered by: Kim Metzger
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12:23 Aug 3, 2001
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German term or phrase: der Bär tobt
The reference is to the Frankfurt tradeshow. "In der Halle 8 "tobt der Bär" mit vielen Produktbranchen, die unseren ähnlich sind. Die Messe Frankfurt weiß das seit Jahren und sie tut nichts. I understand this idiom to mean something along the lines of "things have gone haywire." Is that about right?
Kim Metzger
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Local time: 12:46
der Bär tobt = da ist die Hölle los.
Explanation:
a hive of activity.
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xxxfrenoy
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na +2der Bär tobt = da ist die Hölle los.xxxfrenoy
na...bustled with...Fuad Yahya
naliterally: the bear chargedenphiniti
naBerliners
Vidmantas Stilius


  

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15 mins
Berliners


Explanation:
Don't they mean a Berlin exposition next to the author's?

Just guessing

Vidmantas Stilius
Local time: 20:46
Native speaker of: Native in LithuanianLithuanian
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literally: the bear charged


Explanation:
toben=to go wild, rage, or charge
The metaphor seems to reference the fact that the hall was filled with similar products and thus no company could truly benefit from the Messe. A bear charging denotes a dangerous thing to those involved (one thing I've learned from living in northern Minnesota for 20 years). Since the Messe is suppose to be a showcase in which businesses can showcase their product, a room full of the same things doesn't seem to be in the benefit of those companies involved.
I hope this helps.

-Jason

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der Bär tobt = da ist die Hölle los.


Explanation:
a hive of activity.

xxxfrenoy
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Leslie Nelman: If you look for "Bär" and "tobt" in Google, you can get more context, e.g. www.thailand-homepage.de/berichte/02.htm
27 mins

agree  Johanna Timm, PhD
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...bustled with...


Explanation:
Rephrasing may be in order. I would remove the preposition, make "Hall 8" the subject, and use the verb "bustle with." The American Heritage Dictionary defines the verb "to bustle" as "to move or cause to move energetically and busily." I hope this fits well with the rest of the context.

"Hall 8 bustled with..."

Fuad


    The American Heritage Dictionary
Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
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