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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tabania

"Down to the shirt on his back"

January 22, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tabania

I don't get this phrase.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

It's a German saying that means 'to give your last possessions' . The English phrase has basically the same meaning. I guess many Germans will have the image of the girl in the fairy tale "Sterntaler" (The Star Money / The Star Talers) in mind when they use the phrase. http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm153.html


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tabania

That's sweet. Thanks! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soglio

Similar phrase in English: "He would give you the shirt off his back."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiamHuber

Translating one idiom into another idiom doesn't feel like the most effective way to teach things...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mikelucas

Couldn't agree more.

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