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    The bets go as they lay!

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    Helen Green: At the Actors' Boarding House and Other Stories, 1907:
    The strangest feeling had come over him. He felt a pleasant warmth spreading through his being, and the sock-mender was the cause of it. She had him going, and all in a few hours. “I’ll let the bets go as they lay,” he remarked softly to himself in his dressing room. “Why, when I have some of my diamonds set for her and dress her up she’ll be a three time winner. And she’ll cut out the tights, too. They run for Sweeney. I’ll bet maw would like her, the little rascal.”
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    In alten Zeitungsartikeln und Romanen habe ich schon mehrmals diesen Ausspruch gelesen, weiß aber nicht wie man ihn übersetzen könnte... Hat jemand eine Idee?
    Author J_u_l_i_a (922683) 04 Nov 16, 20:21
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    die Dinge sein lassen wie sie sind

    I'd say, for starters
    #1Author dude (253248) 04 Nov 16, 22:17
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    den Dingen ihren Lauf lassen?
    #2Authorlaalaa (238508) 05 Nov 16, 08:31
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    Lass die Dinge ihren Lauf nehmen

    I'd say instead
    #3Author dude (253248) 05 Nov 16, 12:28
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    Just curious: is yours more commonly used? Different nuance?
    #4Authorlaalaa (238508) 05 Nov 16, 12:31
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    I can't say I've ever come across your version, only the one with "nehmen."

    Edit: but there certainly could be regional variants.
    #5Author dude (253248) 05 Nov 16, 12:35
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    DUDEN:
    einer Sache ihren Lauf/freien Lauf lassen 

    (etwas nicht zurückhalten, hemmen oder zügeln: seinem Zorn, seiner Wut, seiner Fantasie freien Lauf lassen; den Dingen ihren Lauf lassen; sie ließ ihren Tränen freien Lauf)
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    Danke für Eure Hilfe. Dann lassen wir den Dingen ihren Lauf :-)
    #6Author J_u_l_i_a (922683) 05 Nov 16, 13:15
     
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