8 Dezember 2012: die Würmer aus der Nase ziehen müssen

08 Dec: die Würmer aus der Nase ziehen müssen from kate hers on Vimeo.

Location: Berlin, Germany

Word or Expression: die Würmer aus der Nase ziehen müssen

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Alles aus der Nase ziehen müssen

Closest English Translation: to drag something out of someone.

Literal Translation: The worms must be pulled out of the nose

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Everything must be pulled out of the nose

Origin: This saying comes from the 17th century. At that time, there was an idiosyncratic explanation for ostensible madness and depression – head worms! Quack doctors offered their healing cures to the patient, by removing these alleged head worms with a pair of pliers from the nose. From the saying evolved “to pull something from someone’s nose” as a symbol to elicit a secret from someone.

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