Die Maschine lief, aber nur so eben

guyper

Senior Member
French Creole
A guy tried to run an old machine, and gave his impression on it

"Die Maschine lief, aber nur so eben"

What does "nur so eben" mean? Is it an idiom?

Thank you
 
  • Gernot Back

    Senior Member
    German - Germany
    Yes it is an idiomatic expression, it means just about; at the verge of not at all.
    The machine was working, but that was just about it. It was stuttering and it was at the verge of not working at all.

    Meaning #5 of the adverb eben in our dictionary.

    You could also use the adverb gerade mal (eben) in its meaning #3.


     
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