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get lost in translation
Of a word or words, to lose the full subtlety of meaning or significance when translated from one language to another, especially when done literally. My friend tried explaining a few French idioms to me, but I'm afraid they got lost in translation. It's amazing how much gets lost in translation in the subtitles of foreign films.
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For all the talk about the global village, it's amazing what still gets lost in translation
When, however, he's earnestly finding too many intertextual links to the writings of literary, anthropological, philosophical or psychological heavy hitters, his musical passion gets lost in translation
Robert Frost famously remarked that poetry is what gets lost in translation