Friday, January 28, 2011

Idiom: Menggagak tan nyawa a debei

12:48 AM

Danger


Menggagak tan nyawa a debei

pronounciation:
literally means: to intentionally test one owns life
Malay: cuba menguji nyawa sendiri

Actual meaning: to intentionally engage in dangerous activities.

Malay: mencuba sesuatu yang bahaya


Explaination:
This Idiom has the same conotation and meaning as Pinéang Nyawa (to search for Life).
Menggagak tan is a verb: to test something that is already predictable.
Malay: menguji sesuatu yang memang sudah dijangka akibatnya.

Example:
Menggagak tan bak belabok: trying to fall
Menggagak tan bak matai: trying to die


Usage:

Kak perukok segak toéng benzin yen. Menggagak tan nyawa a debei!
Do not light a cigarrete near the benzin tank. Do you want to test your life!

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