Friday, April 13, 2007

German Idiom for Friday

sich ins Zeug legen: to work flat out, to go hammer and tongs at something

zB: Wenn du die vielen Briefe heute noch fertigschreiben willst, musst du dich ins Zeug legen.

auf Englisch: If you want to get all those letters written by today you'll have to work flat out.

Origin: Here "Zeug" refers to the harness of the draught animal.

(from the guide to German Idioms by JP Lupson)

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