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12:42 Feb 19, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: allein zu dritt
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Summary of answers provided
nato be someone's third leg
Parrot
najust the three of us...Ulrike Lieder
nato feel likethe third man in the boatUschi (Ursula) Walke
naApologiesUschi (Ursula) Walke
nadas fünfte Rad am WagenUschi (Ursula) Walke
naalone, in a party of three
Elisa Capelão


  

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1 hr
alone, in a party of three


Explanation:
cant really understand the marital context...

allein means alone
zu dritt means something like in a group of three or three of us...

in a marital context I would have thought it should read allein, zu zweit...alone, the 2 of us...
unless of course there is a child as well...

anyway you can do a literal translation of the german expression, but thats the connotation...

hope it helps


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Elisa Capelão
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Ulrike Lieder
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1 hr
das fünfte Rad am Wagen


Explanation:
das fünfte Rad am Wagen sein =
(fig.ugs.) be superfluous; (die Harmonie stören) be in the way.


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Uschi (Ursula) Walke
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1 hr
Apologies


Explanation:
for the '5. wheel on the carriage'.
Sorry!!


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Uschi (Ursula) Walke
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1 hr
to feel likethe third man in the boat


Explanation:
or to be in a 'three is a crowd' situation.


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Uschi (Ursula) Walke
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2 hrs
to be someone's third leg


Explanation:
an expression we sometimes used in ballet (the pas de trois situation).

Parrot
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3 hrs
just the three of us...


Explanation:
I do not think that "fifth wheel" or "third man in a boat" apply here - it's "just the three of us" (as opposed to being in a larger group of family/people). See how that fits into your context.

Ulrike Lieder
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