That ship has sailed (expressions meaning “too late”)

Discussion in 'All Languages' started by rusita preciosa, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. rusita preciosa

    rusita preciosa Modus forendi

    USA (Φιλαδέλφεια)
    Russian (Moscow)
    I’m curious what are the expressions in your language that mean “it is too late now”, “there is nothing we can do at this point”, like the English that ship has sailed or the horse is out of the barn.

    Russian: поезд ушёл /poyezd ushol/ - the train has left
  2. olaszinho Senior Member

    Central Italian
    In italian:
    Chiudere la stalla quando i buoi sono ormai scappati - to close the stable door after the oxen have bolted/gone
  3. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    "You've/We've/etc missed the boat."
  4. Perseas Senior Member

    "Το πουλάκι πέταξε" /to pu'laki 'petakse/: "the little bird has flown"
    "Χάνω το τρένο" /'xano to 'treno/: "I miss the train"
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2012
  5. binary_death Member

    Galicia, Spain
    Spanish, Catalan

    Fas tard - You're late.

    El vaixell ha salpat - The boat has sailed.

    Has fet tard per agafar el tren - You're late to catch the train.

    Has perdut el tren/vaixell - You've missed the train/boat.
  6. ahmedcowon Senior Member

    In Arabic it is like Russian:

    فات القطار <faata al-qitaar>: missed the train
  7. Roy776

    Roy776 Senior Member

    Kraków, Poland
    German & AmE
    Der Zug ist abgefahren. = That train has left.
  8. mataripis

    mataripis Senior Member

    Tagalog: Dumaong or Nakadaong na!
  9. rusita preciosa

    rusita preciosa Modus forendi

    USA (Φιλαδέλφεια)
    Russian (Moscow)
    Sorry I do not speak Tagalog. Could you provuide literal translation?
  10. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    Dutch: 't is te laat de put gevuld, als 't kalf verdronken is (too late filling the pit/..., when the calf has got drowned)
  11. bibax Senior Member

    Czech (Prague)
    Czech: Ujel mi/ti/mu/... vlak. (My/your/his/... train has left.)

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