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English translation: put one's head in the lion's mouth for somebody

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Spanish term or phrase:poner las manos en el fuego por alguien
English translation:put one's head in the lion's mouth for somebody
Entered by: Andrea Bullrich
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12:38 Aug 16, 2001
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Spanish term or phrase: poner las manos en el fuego
Estoy traduciendo un artículo del diario. En una parte se transcriben las declaraciones a la prensa del abogado defensor (de un terrible tránsfuga), que dice: "Es mentira. Pongo las manos en el fuego por mi cliente."
Creo que no hay equivalente estricto, pero a lo mejor sí alguna imaginación amiga que me pueda ayudar?
Gracias!
Andrea Bullrich
Local time: 07:28
put my head in the lion's mouth
Explanation:
"I would put my head in the lion's mouth for my client." It is an old saying meaning I would go to any extreme, including danger to myself. I haven't heard it for 40 years, probably, but it is classic & would be understood.
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Robert Anderson
Local time: 03:28
Grading comment
Thanks! That's just what I needed. Besides, your references were unquestionable... :D
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naSEE EXPLANATION
Terry Burgess
naThe significance of the expression here is the element of risk involved in believing in the client.Lynne M. Nickerson
naI'd swear to it. / I'd cross my heart on it.
jsavage
naSee explanationslprz
naI will jump through hoops for my clientAlessandra Hall
naput my head in the lion's mouthRobert Anderson
nasee explanation
CCW


  

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5 mins
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Explanation:
"poner las manos al fuego" = to trust somebody blindly, without doubting or questionning his/her opinion, attitude, etc.


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CCW
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish, Native in SpanishSpanish
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8 mins
I will jump through hoops for my client


Explanation:
This is a metaphor meaning that "I will do whatever I can for my client, even going to extremes" or I've even heard "I'll walk on charcoals for someone."

Saludos amigo/a!

alessandra

Alessandra Hall
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9 mins
put my head in the lion's mouth


Explanation:
"I would put my head in the lion's mouth for my client." It is an old saying meaning I would go to any extreme, including danger to myself. I haven't heard it for 40 years, probably, but it is classic & would be understood.


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Robert Anderson
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Thanks! That's just what I needed. Besides, your references were unquestionable... :D
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15 mins
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Explanation:
"I'd stake my last dime one it"

Idiom: meaning "jugarse todo" (reputación, dinero, cualquier coasa).

Suerte


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slprz
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15 mins
I'd swear to it. / I'd cross my heart on it.


Explanation:
Either of these could be appropriate.
The choice is yours.
Cheers & good luck!

jsavage
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17 mins
SEE EXPLANATION


Explanation:
Hi AIM!!:-))

De tantos años de estar hablando español, a veces uno cree que sí existe un dicho perfectamente equivalente [o sea, igual] al del Castellano. Mentira.

En tu caso (y lo he confirmado con 2 colegas locales angloparlantes nativos, lo más indicado sería:

"stake one's [mine, yours, his, etc.] reputation"....o también: "to go out on a line for someone"..e.g. "It's not true, I would stake my reputation on my client"..o.."I would go out on a line for my client". Otra posibidad podría ser: "I would put my reputation on the line for my client".

Hope this helps:-)
terry


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Terry Burgess
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26 mins
The significance of the expression here is the element of risk involved in believing in the client.


Explanation:
An equivalent expression in English would be either of the following: 1) sticking one's neck out, or 2) going out on a limb. In other words, the lawyer is taking a risk by 'sticking his neck out' for his client', or by 'going out on a limb' for his client because there is the belief or trust that the client is telling the lawyer the truth. Hope this helps!

Lynne M. Nickerson
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