motore cattivo

English translation: mean engine

18:34 Apr 7, 2005
Italian to English translations [PRO]
Automotive / Cars & Trucks / description of car engine
Italian term or phrase: motore cattivo
This is not an engine that doesn't work! It's from a list of impressions after test driving a Fiat and everything points to the engine being powerful and responsive. I feel 'cattivo' might mean something like, agile, lively or responsive in this context. Any ideas please? Thank you.
Clare Macnamara
Local time: 21:14
English translation:mean engine
Explanation:
yes, it is slang/stree talk to indicate something top of the line.

it's the equivalent to "mean" or "wicked" in UK English or "bad"/"bad ass" in American English. It is slang.

For example, he makes a wicked fish and chips; meaning he makes really good fish and chips.

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Note added at 4 mins (2005-04-07 18:39:46 GMT)
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typo: not stree talk but street talk

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Note added at 5 mins (2005-04-07 18:40:35 GMT)
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However, please tell me that this expression was used in a verbal conversation and not in a written article....?

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Note added at 9 mins (2005-04-07 18:44:38 GMT)
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In my days we used to say \"motore che ha grinta\" --- so how about \"spirited engine\"? just a thought

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Note added at 10 mins (2005-04-07 18:45:47 GMT)
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however, \"mean\" is recognized in dictionaries to indicate excellence.
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Local time: 15:14
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mean engine


Explanation:
yes, it is slang/stree talk to indicate something top of the line.

it's the equivalent to "mean" or "wicked" in UK English or "bad"/"bad ass" in American English. It is slang.

For example, he makes a wicked fish and chips; meaning he makes really good fish and chips.

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Note added at 4 mins (2005-04-07 18:39:46 GMT)
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typo: not stree talk but street talk

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Note added at 5 mins (2005-04-07 18:40:35 GMT)
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However, please tell me that this expression was used in a verbal conversation and not in a written article....?

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Note added at 9 mins (2005-04-07 18:44:38 GMT)
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In my days we used to say \"motore che ha grinta\" --- so how about \"spirited engine\"? just a thought

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Note added at 10 mins (2005-04-07 18:45:47 GMT)
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however, \"mean\" is recognized in dictionaries to indicate excellence.

esoft
Canada
Local time: 15:14
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
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Mollte grazie per la tua eccellente risposta.
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