~sube make a mistake (in talking, in writing+) / make a faux pas; do [...]

Part of Speech verb, intransitive
Phonetic Form (i·)suᵐbe
    • make a mistake (in talking, in writing+)
      • Example 2264:
        Idi abia li-sube.
        Many people get it wrong. (mixing up two words)
    • make a faux pas; do wrong, by accident rather than deliberately; infringe (s.th., ñe)
      • Example 1575:
        Li-waivo idi wopine kula pe li-sube ñe matapiene kula.
        They teach those initiates who may have erred in their behaviour.
        Example Comment
        initiates’ clubhouse
      • Example 2265:
        A-sube ñe nuduro.
        You have infringed the rules.
      • Example 2266:
        Ka a-romo leka! Ka a-sube ñe telepakau!
        You caught sight of your cousin: you've infringed the customary rules.
    • do s.th. morally wrong; sin
      • Example 2267:
        Ni-sube ñe maluo.
        [I've gone wrong in life] I've sinned.

Related entries

  • See also:
    • ~bei cover ‹s.th., s.o.›, esp. with (ñe) s.th. heavy / walk on ‹s.th.›, squash ‹s.th.› with o.'s foot / squash, crush, destroy ‹s.th.› / trample on ‹law, ethics, taboo›, infringe
    • ~sabu fall down, fall off / commit a sin; esp. commit adultery
    • viko money, of the customary kind: in Vanikoro shell money, made of cowrie shells / money, of the modern kind; coins, treasure / price / fine, to be paid in order to repair o.'s mistakes