lose (something) in translation

Definition of lose (something) in translation

:to fail to have the same meaning or effectiveness when it is translated into another language
  • Something must have gotten lost in translation because the joke isn't funny in English.

Word by Word Definitions

lose play
  1. : to bring to destruction

  2. : damn

  3. : to miss from one's possession or from a customary or supposed place

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

translation play
  1. : an act, process, or instance of translating: such as

  2. : a rendering from one language into another

  3. : a change to a different substance, form, or appearance : conversion


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