"Down to the shirt on his back"

January 22, 2013


I don't get this phrase.

January 22, 2013

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.

January 22, 2013

That's sweet. Thanks! :)

January 22, 2013

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

April 26, 2013

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

May 16, 2013

Couldn't agree more.

June 4, 2013
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