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Old May 11, 2010, 09:16 AM
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Lightbulb Válvula de escape

Pintar es para mí una válvula de escape.
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Old May 11, 2010, 09:38 AM
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Painting is my safety valve
I use painting as an outlet for my energy/emotions/frustration ....
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Hello Robindesbois,
I fully agree with Perikles, which agrees with Oxford Superlex Spanish-English, válvula de escape (Tec) exhaust valve; (de tensión, nervios) safety valve; el deporte/la música es mi válvula de escape sport/music is my safety valve, I use sport/music as an outlet for my energy (o emotions etc)
Moliner gives, "Recurso para aliviar una tensión", ie. a means to ease the stress, the tension.
Other English options could include (maybe less idiomatic),
"To me, painting is a way of easing the stress"
"Painting to me is a means of relieving the tension".
("Panting to me is to breathe hard and quickly, as after exertion, but it is also an outlet for my energy... :-)
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Can we use VENT or sth like that too?
A vent for her cholera !
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Can we use VENT or sth like that too?
A vent for her cholera !
Sí, pero eso ya es ventilar.
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Can we use VENT or sth like that too?
A vent for her cholera !
I don't think so. You could say "she vented her frustration with the world by painting", so there is a connection, but I think it is usually a verb.
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Can we use VENT or sth like that too?
A vent for her cholera !
Ni cholera ni rabia no significa enojo en inglés. En inglés a vent for her cholera parece muy extraño.
Se puede usar: as a vent for her anger/ as a vent for her rage.
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Old June 23, 2010, 08:53 AM
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Sorry, I was in a rush to reflect enough. Thank you.
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