Friday, June 15, 2007

German Idiom for Friday

reinen Tisch machen: to clear the air

zB: Dein veraergertes Schweigen halte ich nicht mehr aus. Lass uns die Angelegenheit besprechen und reinen Tisch machen.

auf Englisch: I can't stand your angry silence any longer. Let's discuss the matter and clear the air.

Origin: The picture is of a table having been cleared of dishes. By extension, the meaning is a"a fresh start".

(from the Guide to German Idioms by JP Lupson)

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