In this song lyric:

Мой парень снова влип в дурные дела

The word "влип" appears (I checked two lyrics sites), but I can't find it in any online dictionaries. What does it mean? And would the sentence still be grammatically correct without it? (ie. "Мой парень снова в дурные дела")

  • No, the sentence without this word is ungrammatical.
    – Anixx
    Sep 17 '15 at 10:07

Влип is the past tense of the verb влипнуть which literally means get into something sticky. Here this word is used in colloquial meaning much close to English get into a mess.

  • So влипнуть is an irregular verb?
    – Jack M
    Sep 16 '15 at 20:55
  • @JackM In what sense irregular?
    – UVV
    Sep 17 '15 at 5:53
  • @JackM Maybe you mean "perfective" verb? Russian verbs have a few types of conjugation, and thus cannot be simply divided into regular/irregular as in English.
    – Matt
    Sep 17 '15 at 7:43
  • Well, past tense verbs normally end in л, but this one doesn't.
    – Jack M
    Sep 17 '15 at 8:29
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    @JackM This is not considered to be "some irregularity" but rather "yet another pattern". Quite a few verbs ending in consonant+'нуть' are like this: no suffix in masc. sing. past tense.
    – Matt
    Sep 17 '15 at 8:50

This widely used informal expression means someone's got into an unpleasant situation with inevitable consequences. There's also a famous saying "влип, очкарик!" (you got stuck, foureyes!) from a very popular Soviet movie, where those words were said to the main character wearing glasses who'd literally got stuck in a pool of tar.

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