lose (something) in translation

Definition of lose (something) in translation

  1. :  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

loseplay
  1. :  damn

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

    :  to suffer deprivation of :  part with especially in an unforeseen or accidental manner

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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

    :  a rendering from one language into another

    :  the product of such a rendering


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