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16:12 Mar 30, 2008
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Italian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Italian term or phrase: prendere in contropiede
Mario sorride dello stupore del segretario e lo prende in contropiede, "aspetta che..."

catches him off guard? But why would he grin at the look of astonishment on the other's face and then "catch him off guard"? Isn't he already surprised? Or is there a different meaning of "prendere in contropiede"...
Local time: 15:35

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4 +1to wrong-foot somebodyxxxCMJ_Trans

Discussion entries: 5



1 min   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
to wrong-foot somebody


Local time: 15:35
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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