النجوم في السما اقرب لك
El nogoum fel sama aqrab lak
Translation: The stars in heaven are closer to you
Meaning: Not on your life, not a chance. Mostly you’d hear it as a line delivered in black and white movies by a woman who is rejecting an persistent suiter. It is rarely used in other contexts, but it could be said in reference to a third person. "El-nogoum fel sama aqrab lo,” (the stars in heaven are closer to him) is perhaps a suitable thing to say about an overly ambitious colleague who eyes the boss’s job.
Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha
Translated by: Nabil Shawkat