• glowing embers, glowing charcoal
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Usage Examples

Liep-liep baleman sambuk; mara upinin ngrepet.
[example 1]
Glowing charcoal that is almost out; if you blow on it it will make a crackling noise and light up. [proverb] Liep-liep means dull or with apparently very little life. If you blow on glowing charcoal, it will blaze up into a fire. Said of someone who does not talk much usually. But, if you talk to him and start him going, he will keep on talking without stopping. This expression is also used to refer to a person who looks calm and shy, but who really is not; and when nobody is looking he “blows on himself” and flames up into a person who does talk a lot and is more extroverted.

Kalem-kalem baleman sambuke; mara nyitin ngrepet.
[example 2]
Calm like glowing coconut charcoal; but if you light it up, it crackles with a ‘ngerepet’ sound. [proverb] Ngerepet (taleng) is the sound of a crackling fire or a kretek cigarette. This expression is used to describe a person who appears to be calm but, when left to himself and nobody is around, becomes extroverted and active and talks a great deal.

  1. F. Eiseman - PROVERBS, 1987
  2. F. Eiseman - PROVERBS, 1987