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    keurslijf

    15 Miljoen mensen
    Op dat hele kleine stukje aarde
    Die moeten niet `t keurslijf in
    Die laat je in hun waarde

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    'keurslijf' means straitjacket according to this dictionary.

    But I have no idea how to make sense out of this sentence. Please help~

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    Re: keurslijf

    One shouln't cramp 15 million people with too many regulations, one should respect those people.

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    Re: keurslijf

    Quote Originally Posted by AK09 View Post
    One shouln't cramp 15 million people with too many regulations, one should respect those people.
    Thanks, I see what you mean now. What about 'laat je in hun waarde'? Literally it says 'let you in their value'.

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    Re: keurslijf

    'Iemand in zijn waarde laten' means to accept someone as he/she is.

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    Re: keurslijf

    The translation of 'keurslijf' is given in some dictionaries as 'straitjacket', but in fact it's a corset (I checked with van Dale) A straitjacket would be a 'dwangbuis'.
    But the figurative meaning remains the same.
    Never mind the words, just concentrate on translating the meaning.

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