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What is the meaning of 反了他了, please?


Context: Brother is talking to the sister, who was beaten by her husband and came to her brother's to stay overnight.

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I suspect this is a northern idiom (I live in south). It is a curse for the occasion where you are angered by someone who acts out of his character and certainly not in the way you accept. One similar expression I can think of is 不知好歹. 



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It means "traitor", and it's a type of 空耳. So, "he's a traitor". https://youtu.be/YSZyMXaXkHo?t=186


空耳 is when a Chinese speaker watches a foreign language work, such as the German movie "Downfall" in this case, and it sounds like funny nonsense in Chinese occasionally.


https://www.zhihu.com/question/24848399 ---> http://www.interglot.com/dictionary/de/en/translate/Verräter



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Rewind a bit from the timestamp linked in my first post. There's a 管 sentence in there too before 反了他. Wow follows it so perfectly :clap


Here's another 空耳: https://www.bilibili.com/video/av12953063/?from=search&seid=512567134375078031

Last one for good measure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx8GemHcPPU



does it also carry the meaning of the original german word (叛徒) in the above context?

Yes. 空耳 is intentional comical misapprehension of foreign language media works.

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反了你了 according to my husband, you use this to describe an obedient person who suddenly rebels against you and refuses to obey your orders.


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