as good solid cake but no icing

15:29 Oct 8, 2014
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English to Italian translations [PRO]
Medical - Idioms / Maxims / Sayings / individui lobotomizzati
English term or phrase: as good solid cake but no icing
The person who had once painted pictures, written poetry, or composed music was now “no longer ashamed to fetch and carry, to wait on tables or make beds or empty cans.” Their best-outcome patients could be described “as good solid cake but no icing.”

Non mi pare che la metafora della torta possa essere mantenuta in italiano, suonerebbe anomala; ci vorrebbe un'altra immagine. Qualche suggerimento?
Danila Moro
Italy
Local time: 01:48


Summary of answers provided
4senza fronzoli
Carla Lucattini O'Farrell
3involucro (solido ma) vuoto / involucro senz'anima
AdamiAkaPataflo
3valeva quanto un fico secco
Loredana La Rotonda
3come un cappuccino corposo/consistente ma senza schiuma
Pierluigi Bernardini
3ciambella senza buco
Elena Zanetti
Summary of reference entries provided
icing on the cake
Shera Lyn Parpia

Discussion entries: 19





  

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24 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
ciambella senza buco


Explanation:
stiamo sulle torte..

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Note added at 26 min (2014-10-08 15:56:26 GMT)
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ciambella riuscita senza buco..

Elena Zanetti
Italy
Local time: 01:48
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41 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
come un cappuccino corposo/consistente ma senza schiuma


Explanation:
ok, così si mantiene anche il "solid" in qualche modo. :)

L'altra era "un magnifico quadro ma senza cornice".

Se mi viene in mente altro, lo aggiungo qui sotto.



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Note added at 44 min (2014-10-08 16:14:25 GMT)
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ho dimenticato "good":
allora un
"buon cappuccino corposo ma senza schiuma"
oppure
"cappuccino corposo e delizioso ma senza schiuma"

Pierluigi Bernardini
Italy
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valeva quanto un fico secco


Explanation:
oppure: era come un giorno senza sole

Loredana La Rotonda
Italy
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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
senza fronzoli


Explanation:
Secondo me qui si parla di qualcosa che dà risultati accettabili (solid cake) ma niente di più o extra (no icing), quindi la traduzione proposta.

Carla Lucattini O'Farrell
United States
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4 days   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
involucro (solido ma) vuoto / involucro senz'anima


Explanation:
arrivo con ritardo interstellare, ma vedo che la domanda è ancora aperta...

AdamiAkaPataflo
Germany
Local time: 01:48
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in category: 98
Notes to answerer
Asker: ciao berlinotta, ma hai letto la discussion?

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Reference comments


41 mins peer agreement (net): +2
Reference: icing on the cake

Reference information:
insomma, nulla di più di quello che si aspetta

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http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/icing on the cake

icing on the cake
Fig. an extra enhancement. Oh, wow! A tank full of gas in my new car. That's icing on the cake! Your coming home for a few days was the icing on the cake.

icing on the cake
something good that is added to another good thing He was delighted to have his story published – getting paid for it was just icing on the cake.

Shera Lyn Parpia
Italy
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 9

Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  dandamesh
2 hrs
agree  AdamiAkaPataflo
14 hrs
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