paenulam alicui scindo

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From paenulam, the accusative singular of paenula(cloak) + alicui, the dative singular of aliquis(someone) + scindo(I separate by force). Literally “I tear apart someone's cloak”.


paenulam alicui scindo

  1. (idiomatic) I press one strongly to stay
    • Letter 13, Cicero, Epistulae ad Atticum (Letters to Atticus), paragraph 33
      sed ego ita egi ut non scinderem paenulam.
      And indeed, I have gone so that the cloak is not ripped apart. (ie. so that I'm not forced to stay)