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17:19 Nov 13, 2008
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Portuguese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Portuguese term or phrase: "mudando/mudar de saco para mala"
"mudar de saco para mala" means "to change the subject"; however, I would like to know whether there is an informal expression which means the same so that I can translate the Portuguese expression better.

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4 +1rambling /to ramble on
Katia De Gennar
3to go off on a tangent
Paul Dixon

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rambling /to ramble on


Katia De Gennar
Local time: 18:58
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian, Native in GermanGerman
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Asker: "to ramble" não seria algo como "divagar"???

Asker: "to ramble" não seria "divagar"?

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agree  cattelles: Gente, pra "to ramble" achei no Cambrige isso: "to talk or write in a confused way, often for a long time".
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neutral  Paul Dixon: I agree with this definition, but AFAIK "to ramble" is to talk for a long time about one single subject.
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to go off on a tangent

It all depends on context. If the change of subject is something spontaneous (like what politicians do when they are asked about the latest scandal), this could be an option.

Paul Dixon
Local time: 14:58
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in PortuguesePortuguese
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