nuces relinquo

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Literally meaning "I relinquish the nuts" or "I abandon nuts", since children used to play with nuts, this meant to give up one's childish ways.


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈnu.keːs reˈlin.kʷoː/, [ˈnʊ.keːs rɛˈlɪŋ.kʷoː]


nucēs relinquō (present infinitive nucēs relinquere, perfect active nucēs relīquī, supine nucēs relictum); third conjugation

  1. (idiomatic) I give up childish sports, I throw away my rattles, I betake myself to the serious business of life

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