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Headword: *)apo\ leptou= mi/tou to\ zh=n h)rth=sqai
Adler number: alpha,3388
Translated headword: life has hung by a fragile thread
Vetting Status: high
"So for those sailing in such a [situation] they say that life has hung by a fragile thread."[1]
The proverb [is applied] to those who are in the utmost danger.
Greek Original:
*)apo\ leptou= mi/tou to\ zh=n h)rth=sqai. toi=s ou)=n e)n tw=| toiw=|de ple/ousin a)po\ leptou= mi/tou fasi\n h)rth=sqai to\ zh=n. h( paroimi/a e)pi\ tw=n e)n e)sxa/tois kindu/nou o)/ntwn.
Apostolius 3.50; and cf. generally mu 1135. Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.662.
The verb in the headword phrase, extracted from the quotation given, is a perfect infinitive.
[1] Synesius, Letter 4 (p.162a Hercher).
Keywords: daily life; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; proverbs; rhetoric
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 24 February 2001@10:24:29.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes; cosmetics) on 18 March 2001@09:32:35.
David Whitehead (added keyword) on 21 August 2002@05:31:16.
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keywords; tweaking) on 3 April 2012@06:17:02.
David Whitehead on 15 August 2012@08:17:02.
David Whitehead on 28 August 2015@04:30:12.


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