zāģēt

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Latvian[edit]

Zāģēt

Etymology[edit]

From the same stem as zāģis (saw), made into a 2nd-conjugation transitive verb (ending -ēt).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Verb[edit]

zāģēt tr., 2nd conj., pres. zāģēju, zāģē, zāģē, past zāģēju

  1. to saw (to cut something with a saw; to work with a saw, also with a special saw)
    viņš neprot zāģēthe doesn't know how to saw
    zāģēt visu dienuto saw the whole day
    zāģēt malku, baļķus, dēļusto saw (fire)wood, logs, boards
    zāģēt mežā kokusto saw trees in the forest
    zāģēt nost liepām lielos zarusto saw off big branches from lime trees
    zāģēt āzim ragusto saw a goat's horns
    “zāģis izvīlēts; ko tad nu darīs?” “ej un zāģē klēts galā tos ošus nost”“the saw (is) sharpened; what will (= should) one do now?” “go and saw down those ash-trees at the end of the barn”
  2. to play (usually string instrument) very ineptly, producing unpleasant sounds
    Baha un Vivaldi šedevrus spēlējot, puisis vaibstījās... vienaldzīgi zāģēdams stīgasplaying Bach and Vivaldi masterpieces, the boy was making faces... indifferently sawing the strings
  3. (figuratively) to make unpleasant sounds (of animals); to snore
    pļaviņā zāģēja griezein the meadow a corncrake (bird) was sawing
    kaut kur nomalē dzird ēzeļa žēlās gaudas; zāģē kā ar zāģēšanusomewhere in the area one (could) hear a donkey's lamenting wails; it sawed (= brayed) like (real) sawing
    uz brīdi pārstāja krākt, bet nu jau zāģē atkalfor a second he stopped snoring, but now he is sawing (= snoring) again
    gulēt kopā ar Ingu bija gatavās mokas: tas ne tikai zāģēja un šņākuļoja, bet novilka viņai visu seguto sleep with Inga was a real torture: she not only sawed (= snored) and hissed (all the time), but also pulled the whole blanket off (to herself)
  4. (colloquial) to blame, to complain all the time
    sieva Lavīze arvien vēl zāģēja veco par postu, kas viņus piemeklējisthe wife, Lavīze, still sawed (= complained to, blamed) the old one (= husband) for the misery that had befallen them
    mani sieva zāģē vienā zāģēšanā, ka mežacūkām kartupeļus grūžot iekšā!(my) wife saws (= blames, complains to) me in one sawing (= all the time), the way one shoves potatoes into a wild pig!
  5. (colloquial) to harm, to persecute, to make trouble for someone
    internāta pārzine tagad tevi zāģēs ilgu laikuthe school board will now saw (= persecute) you for quite a while

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “zāģis”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7