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in die Luft sprengen



Definitions

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in die Luft sprengen
     v. (idiom) to blow up (literally: to blow (up) in the air)
          Ein Selbstmordattentäter sprengte sich vor der Botschaft in die Luft.
            A suicide attacker blew himself up in front of the embassy.
          Vor dem Rückzug sprengten sie das Munitionsdepot in die Luft.
            Before the retreat they blew up the ammunition depot.
Analysis
in
     prep. (in + dative) in; within; at; contained by
          Es ist im Haus. - It is in the house.
     prep. (in + dative) pertaining to
     prep. (in + accusative) into
          Er geht ins Haus. - He goes into the house.
die
     art. The; declined form of der
          die Frau — “the woman”
          die Männer — “the men”
     pron. (in a subordinate clause as a relative pronoun) That; which; who; whom; whose.
          Ich kenne eine Frau, die das kann. — “I know a woman who can do that.”
     der
          art. the; definite article for several declensions:
          art.    Nominative singular masculine
          art.    Genitive singular feminine
          art.    Dative singular feminine
          art.    Genitive plural for all genders.
Luft
     n-f. air, atmosphere
     n-f. breeze, zephyr, breath
sprengen
     v. to blow up, to blast
     v. (gardening) to sprinkle

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