Tag Info

New answers tagged

2

It is a euphemism for fart, as in Dante’s Inferno, last line of Canto XXI: ed elli avea del cul fatto trombetta. And he had made a trumpet of his ass. (trans. John Ciardi)


2

A number of indirect or figurative expressions for rejection exist, but I can't think of any single-word alternatives that aren't either just as brutal as "rejected" (for example, "dumped") or excessively vague ("released"). Here are some phrases that describe the process of rejection in indirect or metaphorical terms that may border on euphemism: The ...


2

You can say "She spurned me", though that's typically a very conscious, deliberate, and negative action. From Collins, for example: spurn: to reject (a person or thing) with contempt So you would not be uncertain if the woman spurned you (she would make sure of that). For a more passive rejection, one where she simply isn't reciprocating your ...


-1

Quite simple, you're right, this IS NOT any sort of standard idiom in English. Please read this detailed answer, on the same topic: http://english.stackexchange.com/a/197637/8286 If the above three sentences aren't clear enough: in the title the OP asks "What does “play the trumpet” mean?" In fact, quite simply, the question is unfounded: it means ...


0

It might be an idiom in other languages: An Arabic-English Vocabulary of the Colloquial Arabic of ... Socrates Spiro - 1895 bauwaq, to play the trumpet, reply insolently Now, the way this is written may mean that in 1895 in some quarter(s) of the English-speaking word: to play the trumpet = reply insolently As Much as a Rat's Tail: Korean ...


0

I've never heard it either. Of your two latter guesses, the need to fart seems more likely to me, but since that can be safely (?) assumed to be covered by "bathroom breaks", that seems to eliminate it as a choice? The use of euphemism ("if you know what I mean") does seem to call for some taboo act, but masturbation seems unlikely. The other examples ...



Top 50 recent answers are included