sich seine Sporen verdienen translation English | German-English dictionary

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sich  

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a      (acc, +infin, bei "man")    oneself  ,   (3. pers sing)    himself, herself, itself,   (Höflichkeitsform, sing)    yourself,   (Höflichkeitsform, pl)    yourselves,   (3. pers pl)    themselves
b      (dat, +infin, bei "man")    to oneself  ,   (3. pers sing)    to himself, to herself, to itself,   (Höflichkeitsform, sing)    to yourself,   (Höflichkeitsform, pl)    to yourselves,   (3. pers pl)    to themselves
sich die Haare waschen/färben etc      to wash/dye etc one's hair  
er hat sich das Bein gebrochen      he has broken his leg  
sie hat sich einen Pulli gekauft/gestrickt      she bought/knitted herself a pullover, she bought/knitted a pullover for herself  
wann hat sie sich das gekauft?      when did she buy that?  
c    acc, dat     (mit prep, +infin, bei "man")    one  ,   (3. pers sing)    him, her, it,   (Höflichkeitsform)    you,   (3. pers pl)    them
wenn man keinen Pass bei sich ($) hat      dat   if one hasn't a passport with one or him   (US)  , if you haven't got a passport with you  
nur an sich ($) denken      acc   to think only of oneself  
wenn er jemanden zu sich ($) einlädt      dat   if he invites somebody round to his place  
d    (=einander)   each other, one another  
sie schreiben sich schon viele Jahre      they have been writing to each other or to one another for many years  
e      (impers)    hier sitzt/singt es sich gut      it's good to sit/sing here  
diese Wolle strickt sich gut      this wool knits well  
dieses Auto fährt sich gut      this car drives well  
Translation German - English Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     German-English
exp.
to throw away one's chances
exp.
that cheered him up
exp.
that's the sum total of his education
exp.
he fought hard for his position {or} to secure his position
exp.
he would not bargain away his rights
exp.
to win one's spurs
[Fig.]
exp.
to repair to one's chamber
exp.
to fall to pieces ; to come apart
exp.
I've got my ideas
exp.
to sit oneself down
exp.
to mind one's own business
exp.
to work oneself up into a rage/hysterics/a temper
exp.
to enjoy life
exp.
he stands out on account of his talent
exp.
he takes a personal interest in his people
exp.
he has withdrawn completely into his own private world
exp.
he doesn't give a fig {or} couldn't care less about his children
exp.
to put on one's Sunday best {or} to put on one's glad rags
exp.
to earn one's living ; to earn one's daily bread
sich seine Brötchen verdienen
exp.
to earn the money for sth
exp.
to make a killing
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'sich seine Sporen verdienen' also found in translations in English-German dictionary
exp.
sich seine Sporen verdienen
[Fig.]
exp.
sich seine Sporen verdienen
to carve oneself a niche as = sich seine Sporen verdienen als
exp.
sich seine Sporen verdienen
to carve a niche for oneself as = sich seine Sporen verdienen als

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