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Topic: It belonged to his father
Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 3:55:06 AM
It means that his hands were bigger than could be expected for a man his size. He was probably not a very big man, not tall or stout, but his hands were big, probably as a result of hard work.
Topic: Shouldn't it be "Wednesday evening (Jan 10) instead?
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 4:16:02 PM
Fyfardens wrote:
I love the Czech days of the week; starting with Monday, they are:

pondělí - after not do work
úterý - second
středa - middle
čtvrtek - fourth
pátek -fifth
sobota - sabbath
neděle - after not do work

Mind you, the pronunciation of čtvrtek is an ordeal for non-natives: čtvrtek

Hi Fyfardens,

I'm glad you take interest in the Czech language. Anyway, you must meet a lot of Czechs in Bad Schandau - so close to the Czech border.
You get it right with the day names, only perhaps neděle should be only "not do work" (nedělat is the negative of dělat, which is to work).

And yes, we have lots of words with sequences of four or more consonants, which are difficult for non-natives to pronounce. The longest (and scariest) is "scvrnkls" which is a bit colloquial and means something like "you flipped (some small object) off (the surface of something)".

I hope your paint has dried already.

Topic: Shouldn't it be "Wednesday evening (Jan 10) instead?
Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:12:16 AM
Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
I've always wondered how Germans, of all the Germanic peoples, call Wednesday Mittelwoch, not something like Wotan's or Odin's day.

It's Mittwoch, not Mittelwoch, but your objection still applies.
By the way, we in Czech mimic this German word, we use "středa" for Wendesday (střed = Mitte = middle).
Topic: He was complete even down to white kid gloves
Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:02:00 PM
I think it means that he had a complete evening suit apt for dancing, I'd imagine black trousers, black jacket, white shirt and a tie or a bow tie. And he even had white kid gloves (kid here meaning a young goat, or rather the soft hide from one).
Topic: question
Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017 4:17:52 AM
I don't think so. In the phrase "a block farther down", the article "a" means actually "one" and the whole phrase expresses distance.

He was one block farther down, at the distance of one block.

At least that's how I read it.
Topic: circus performer prior
Posted: Thursday, December 21, 2017 2:03:25 AM
"had tried" is past perfect tense.
"prior to a filmy career" means "before he started his filmy career".

Though he is pursuing a filmy career now, he started it in the past. And that justifies the past perfect tense in "had tried".
Topic: Is it OK that everyone get/gets a copy of the Word document
Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 8:47:30 AM
You could say:

Is it OK for everyone to get a copy ...

but it's a bit more complex and not necessary.
Topic: Gable
Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 12:17:06 PM
Just to add to the confusion, quince is 15 in Spanish, not 5.Whistle
Topic: Error 404 for Matching Word Game
Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 6:19:03 AM
zina antoaneta wrote:
Please help!
I submitted several times the completed matching words table. But instead of the results I get the 404 error page!
Thank you!

You should address your request to the Site Features section (under Free Dictionary Language Forums).
It seems to be a general problem for all users.

Topic: A toy twisted in the fire. == A toy was twisted in the fire.
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 3:10:46 AM
The same question was asked two days ago:

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