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Saying in original language: Über seinen eigenen Schatten springen
English translation of the saying: To jump over one's own shadow
Language: German
Meaning in English: This is said when somebody unexpectedly manages to break out of his conventional patterns. But this happens rarely usually. There's actually a similar German saying that says that you actually can't jump over your own shadow, which physically is also correct ;-) But in the figurative sense here, sometimes it does happen, usually in extreme situations, like when you have fallen in love or when you have gone through hell...
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"Je kunt geen ijzer met handen breken"
You cannot break iron with hands
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