ua
/uai
, mod.like; as.
ua a ko er a; ua medal a demal; chad er a Belau e ua bedengel a chad er a ngebard.
uaiseicont.ua se
ua se
/uai sei
expr.like that.
Synonyms: ,
Examples:
> How has the papaya been cut?
> They will be like trees whose branches are burned by fire, whose blossoms are blown away by the wind.
> I didn't notice that my clothes were torn.
> The smallness of our Belau is like a dot on a map.
> How short are they?
Proverbs:
> Like making a whirlpool in Modelab's water tub.
Probably having reference to a folk tale, this saying is applied to any state of general social confusion. Some worldly Palauans used it with reference to the state of world affair
> Like his father, for he ate his father's premasticated food.
Applied to a child by adoption, with the implication that the adopted child resembles his adoptive father
> Nibbling like a rat.
Activity that slowly destroys another person or institution. Generally applied to verbal actions; spreading malicious gossip; a speech loaded with subtle insults. However, it can be applied to wider behavior such as economic behavior that destroys the resources of the country: killing fish by dynamite; cutting forests without planting
> Like taro, though the leaves are tall, still immature.
Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is mature only when the leaves produced by the plant are small. When the plant produces its largest leaves the tuber in the ground is still quite small. The saying may be applied to a person who, while yet young and inexperienced, is proud and boastful.
> It's as if we were walking on the blade of a knife.
i.e., we're treading on dangerous ground; if we make one wrong move, we're finished.
More Examples:
> And how is the weather over there?
> Oh don't gut those ones, we're just gonna fry them like that.
> What are you like?
> I think there should be a curfew on land and have flights only come in during the day like before.
> The electric bill this month is a bit high.

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