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I'm trying to find exact formulation of Portuguese proverb that would convey the message of new day, new try at things. I only heard it briefly in conversation, but the metaphor was something along the line of another coin, another carousel ride.

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  • new try at things?? This is very little to go on.
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 23, 2023 at 14:12
  • It must be an European Portuguese thing, then. It's very clear what they are asking about - it's from local fairs, carousels, boxcars, etc.
    – ANeves
    Commented Mar 27, 2023 at 19:53

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The formulation is almost an ipsis-verbis translation of what you have:

Mais uma moedinha, mais uma voltinha.

It's a common saying in Portugal, and has the simple metaphorical meaning that you sensed: "pay another coin, ride the carousel again" - repeating an attempt, having another go, etc.

It's a typical phrase used by carousel ride owners when calling folks to ride:

Vai partir, vai mais uma...
Mais uma moedinha, mais uma voltinha...
Vai rodar, vai andar...
As crianças não pagam, mas também não andam.

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  • I am so happy you could identify this. Mas não vejo como a frase quer dizer: convey the message of new day, new try at things.
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 28, 2023 at 15:11
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    @Lambie With the carrousel, even if we already rode it we can pay another coin to ride again; and again; and again. In the same way, if yesterday we tried something, today is a new day and we can try again; and tomorrow too; etc. This is the similarity that I see. The saying itself carries an implication of repeating, of doing-again (in this case trying); and not of having the opportunity to try again, in the sense of changing (yesterday you tried A, but today is a new day and you get the opportunity to try B instead!).
    – ANeves
    Commented Mar 28, 2023 at 16:52
  • Riding again and again, is not trying new things.
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 28, 2023 at 23:38

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