kapenga

kapenga, nom. Way of avoiding something. In the phrase kāre ‘e kapenga toe, nothing left to try, nothing to be done, no way round it.

‘ī toru o rātou rā i te kimi-‘anga iāia ē i te ‘ā o te rā kua kitea, inārā kāre ‘e kapenga toe.
Three days they searched and found him on the fourth, but there was nothing to be done;

Kua tāmata pakari rātou i te kake ki runga i te maunga, inārā, nō te varivari ē te pateka kāre rātou i tae ki runga, ē kāre ‘e kapenga toe.
They tried strenuously to climb the mountain but the mud and slipperiness drove them back, so it was quite hopeless.

[kape1, -nga2.]

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