German to English überfallen

Dictionary entry: überfallen
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Gwin

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The example sentence 'die Tante zum Kaffeetrinken überfallen' is translated as 'to spring the aunt on a cup of coffee'. This is incorrect, it should be 'to spring a cup of coffee on the aunt' (or better: one's aunt). The example given is implying that a cup of coffee is being surprised by the aunt. Not only does it sound very unnatural as a native speaker, but you can even see in the entry that the correct structure is 'spring [sth] on [sb]', whereas the example sentence uses 'spring [sb] on [sth]' (incorrect). Hope this helps! :)
 
  • stefanieG2

    Senior Member
    Dictionary Editor
    German
    Hi Gwin,

    Thanks a lot for this comment. I corrected the mistake even though it is very funny. :) Still needs to be updated.
    Best,
    Stefanie
     
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