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    Hi, could you please help me on this? i need to translate a sentence but i would like someone to clarify me the meaning of an expression:


    As they left the harbor the old man had chattered about the storms he'd seen and how they blowed a fit enough to make rabbit cry. He busied his two sons with taking the boat out while he looked at Georgina. "You from Boston?"

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    Default Re: "To make a rabbit cry"

    This is not a common expression but

    "...they blowed a fit enough to make rabbit cry." means the storms were very strong...strong enough to cause a rabbit (or a man) to cry.

    We have a similar expression that means essentially the same thing: "It was enough to make a grown man cry."

    Do you understand the meaning of "a fit" in this context?
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    Thanks a lot Vicente. I understood the meaning but i wasn´t able to find the right words to make a good translation.

    In what concerns to the "a fit" what´s your suggestion?

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    Default Re: "To make a rabbit cry"

    Hi Phillii

    I'm not sure. In this context a fit is a physical event...like a spasmodic attack, such as an attack of epilepsy (an epileptic fit) so when one has a fit they are sort of convulsive and out of control of themselves, i.e., having a difficult time of it.

    Thus we use "fit" in several idiomatic expressions:

    "That problem gave me a fit" means a difficult time in solving the problem ; "She had a fit when she found out her husband was unfaithful"; means like a tantrum or emotional outburst.

    In the context of your paragragh "a fit" means great difficulty, in the old man's colloquial manner of speaking.

    BTW Philli, in what language are you translating?
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    Default Re: "To make a rabbit cry"

    Hi, Philli,

    I've read your question and Vicente has given you great explanations... but I wonder if you still need help with a translation? Into what language???


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