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Proverb of the day: Instead of applying kohl to her eyes, he blinded her

Instead of applying kohl to her eyes, he blinded her

Ahram Online , Friday 3 Jul 2015
Kohl
A Nepalese Muslim man has kohl applied to his eye rims as he arrives for Eid al-Ftir mass prayers in Kathmandu (Photo: Reuters)
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جا يكحلها عماها 

Ga yekahhalha amaha

Translation: Instead of applying kohl to her eyes, he blinded her.

Meaning: This proverb, still in use, is about a ploy that backfires. Let’s say someone wants to defuse tensions between protagonists by telling a story, then the story he tells ends up provoking the antagonists into a worse fight. This is when you use this proverb to refer to his botched intervention.

Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha,

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 
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