a historia do gato por lebre

08:33 Sep 29, 2004
Portuguese to English translations [PRO]
Folklore
Portuguese term or phrase: a historia do gato por lebre
Any suggestioons on the equivalent phrase in English ps?
'Buying a pig in a poke' doesn't quite do it
CarolynB


Summary of answers provided
4 +1a case of flattering (but) to deceive
DavidHardy
4like ordering a Ferrari and getting a Skoda
skport
3 +1you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
Javier Herrera (X)


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17 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear


Explanation:
Hmm... It's a proverb. It may not be easy to fit in a sentence.
HTH

Javier Herrera (X)
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agree  Ayrton Mugnaini: I think there's one (or three) more blunt and to-the-point alternative(s): simply saying "to get (or have been) burned", "conned" or "swindled"
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like ordering a Ferrari and getting a Skoda


Explanation:
This phrase is not necessarily the best for the context, but you could use a phrase like this, to get the meaning across - ie that they are saying that the product is as high quality as the other one, but and you believe you are getting one thing when actually you are getting something else.

Another suggestion along these lines:

It's like ordering creme brulee and getting ryebread.

Or, not so extreme:

It's like creme brullee without the 'creme'




skport
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a case of flattering (but) to deceive


Explanation:
Once again, depends on context and the kind of product - I like the Ferrrari Skoda one as well - and if you want a comment comparing products or a comment on the deception itself. The flattering here is complimenting the 'copycating'.

DavidHardy
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agree  Sara Santos
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