a dip of the big toe

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by saritatheluxe, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. saritatheluxe Senior Member

    spanish
    I had my own matters to contend with Philip and his partners decided that as the Essex Group had foregone hosting a reception during the inauguration, it was therefore necessary to do so now. The congressional calendar was kicking off, so the time was right to lubricate the rank and file, Vanzetti was asked to handle it. "A dip of the big toe". Philip e-mailed me.

    I know that we should give a try but actually, I have NO IDEA... about how to translate it! ¿una caida del dedo gordo?

    I need help!

    Thanks
     
  2. Tazzler Senior Member

    Maryland
    American English
    Usually "dip one's toe in something" means "tentatively experience something for the first time, make one's first foray into something." Does this fit?
     
  3. duvija

    duvija Senior Member

    Chicago
    Spanish - Uruguay
    When you go to the beach, and into the water, you normally check the temperature with your big toe first. Fast forward, and you get a metaphorical usage of that expression.
     
  4. mijoch Banned

    British English
    "a ver como va la cosa"--------¿?
     

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