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    @ bounty I just intended to set on peppermint!

    @Sancho- the problem about these metaphors is that they occur more easily in Portuguese for me but go nuts when I try to translate them.

    One beautiful current example: "passar o pano para alguém". Literally it means "wipe (the room) with a damp cloth for someone."
    Methaphorically it is used to express the attenuation excuse or the covering up of a fault, a bad action or even a crime, as wiping the floor is considered a superficial and inadequate way of cleaning a room.In Brazilian politics there is always a lot of floor wiping going on.
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    Good one, Danik. I like hearing that sort of thing from another language/culture. It sounds similar to what we do when we “whitewash” something. We’ll take an event that is not necessarily nefarious, but certainly is not virtuous either, and whitewash all the dirty little details out of it. School children here tend to learn a whitewashed version of American history. Then when they’re older if they decide to dig a little deeper or take a college-level course, their reaction frequently is — WTF!? That is not what I learned in school!

    A similar expression which is usually used in political circles is to “spin” something. Someone trying to push a policy or opinion will put a “spin” on it by only listing the things in the “pro” column and leave out the things in the “cons” column. I think it’s like putting a spin on a tennis ball, which will make the ball bounce a certain direction.

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    I came across this simile in the book I’m currently reading, The Hunter by Tana French. I thought it was artful.

    Trey (Teresa) is a boyish girl about 15 years old, poor, and somewhat feral. She has befriended Cal who is a retired policeman. Brendan is (was?) her older brother who disappeared some time ago:

    Six months before Trey met Cal, Brendan walked out of the house one afternoon and never came back. Trey doesn’t think about those six months, but they’re layered into her like a burn ring inside a tree.
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    Beautiful indeed, Sancho!
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    I like this metaphor from my current read, The Moor’s Account:

    He warned me that trade would open the door to greed and greed was an inconsiderate guest; it would bring its evil relations with it.
    The context is this: a young man is speaking with his father about his future. The father wants him to be a lawyer, and if not a lawyer, a carpenter. The father reasons both are honorable professions. One is a work of the mind and the other a work of the hands. But the son wants to be a merchant. He likes the rough-and-tumble world of the market in their town — Azemmur, Morocco.
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