flip down vs. unfold (an armrest)

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zaffy

Senior Member
Polish
I was watching this car review. They were looking for an USB port in the back of the Mazda, and one of them said "It's in the central armrest. You have to flip it down"
Now, can I say 'unfold' it like we would in Polish?

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  • Tegs

    Mód ar líne
    English (Ireland)
    I would “pull down” the armrest. Unfold strikes me as odd, since it’s not folded in any way in the first place.
     

    zaffy

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Doesn't the definition describe the movement? - "Come out of a folded state".
    When the armrest is up, isn't it folded?
     

    Tegs

    Mód ar líne
    English (Ireland)
    No, it’s not folded, it’s just up. If it were folded in two sections, and then pushed up, then you could pull it down and then unfold it.
     

    Tegs

    Mód ar líne
    English (Ireland)
    No, both describe the same movement. “Flip“ to me suggests something a bit easier to do, and quick, like flip the switch (on a light), flip a phone open, flip a book open etc. In my experience, car armrests are a bit stiff, so you have to put a bit more effort in to doing it. Hence my preference for “pull”.
     
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