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Hello,

Can you please check the phrases in blue? This is a translation. I don't know what is the thing that you put on parrot's bill, I've never heard of it, in my language these two options are homonyms. Which one would fit better in English?Thank you

Somewhere here, you come to the scene. Sensible lover, because you cannot be anything else, neither you have a wife, nor you are slave to the cellular phone. You can calmly turn it off, as you would put clothes-peg/small hook on the boring parrot’s bill.
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Hi,

nor you are slave to the cellular phone. A slave to the cell phone means someone who must always answer such a phone when it rings. In effect, the phone is the boss and the person is the slave.

You can calmly turn it off, as you would put clothes-peg/small hook on the boring parrot’s bill.

Say 'a clothes-peg'. It's the small clip, often wooden, that you use to hang clothes on a line so that they can dry. If you put such a clip on a parrot's beak, the parrot will have to be silent.

Best wishes, Clive
I think a clothes-peg would fly off.

You need gaffer tape.

MrP
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In AmE it would be "clothes-pin." Also, I think it would be more common to refer to a parrot's beak, although my dictionary does say that "bill" and "beak' are the same. Also, I think putting a clothes-pin on any part of a parrot would be a very bad idea, and probably dangerous!
Hi,

I think putting a clothes-pin on any part of a parrot would be a very bad idea, and probably dangerous!
But not if it is an ex-parrot!

gaffer tape? I've never heard of that. Is it the same as what in NAmE we call duct tape? Comes in a roll, cheap, silver-grey, sticky, you can fix anything in the world with it?

Clive
CliveHi,

I think putting a clothes-pin on any part of a parrot would be a very bad idea, and probably dangerous!
But not if it is an ex-parrot!

gaffer tape? I've never heard of that. Is it the same as what in NAmE we call duct tape? Comes in a roll, cheap, silver-grey, sticky, you can fix anything in the world with it?

Clive

That's the one.

Even parrots.

MrP
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Hi,

Thank you all for helping me. I was also thinking the same thing about how dangerous it would be, but could I use this comparison, I mean does it sound ok or totally akward?
Hi,

It's a figure of speech, so the danger doesn't really matter. Just don't try it with a real parrot.

The image sounds OK. Not great, but OK.

Best wishes, Clive
Actually, I don't believe a clothes-peg would fit over a parrot's bill – not, at least, in such a way as to silence it. So the image might raise an eyebrow or two.

[url="http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=clothes+peg&ie=ISO-8859-1&hl=en&btnG=Search+Images "]Clothes pegs...[/url]

[url="http://images.google.co.uk/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=parrot "]Parrots...[/url]

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