"He is sly as a fox."

Translation:Er ist schlau wie ein Fuchs.

May 26, 2018

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Was ist der Unterschied zwischen "schlau" und "klug"?

May 26, 2018

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The differnce between sly and smart.

May 26, 2018

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Colloquially, schlau can also be used as any form of smart/intelligent, but in this idiom it's intended as savvy, sly, cunning. Or foxy....

Often "schlau" has a negative connotation, like hiding one's real intentions, pursuing only one's own goals, while "klug" is rather meant as sage, wise, with a positive connotation. Also this can change, see "neunmalklug", "altklug".

Cf. https://www.dict.cc/?s=schlau and https://www.dict.cc/?s=klug

May 27, 2018
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