Posted by Henry on April 01, 2004
In Reply to: Re: French Idiom posted by MichaelFR on April 01, 2004
: : : Dammit, the poster put the blanks all together.
: : : _ ruler
: : : la
: : : _ _ a _ elle
: : : _ ar
: : : les
: : : _ eu _
: : : _ _ u _ s
: : : That's each separate word. hopefully that will show up.
: : It's "brûler la chandelle par les deux bouts"
: : I have no time to search for appropriate translation now, I'll be back later.
: You could translate to "burn the candle at both ends"
: The meaning is roughly: lead a "high speed" careless life of excess, "spending (wasting) money like water", abusing of all good things and pleasures, in such way you could find yourself burnt out or worn out much earlier than average people.
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -
It gives a lovely light!
Edna St. Vincent Millay