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's the sum total of his education
exp.
that cheered him up
exp.
he would not bargain away his rights
exp.
he fought hard for his position {or} to secure his position
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he has withdrawn completely into his own private world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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