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"напугал кота сосиской" seems to be an idiom. Is it? What does it mean?

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    English language analog is «Scare me with a good time», but it's not as poetic. – v010dya Sep 3 '14 at 4:18
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Yes. It's an idiom. It means "to scare a cat with a sausage" - a ridiculous threat.

  • Ahhh, Google only gave me "frightened cat sausage" ;-) – arney Sep 1 '14 at 23:56
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    Actually it means "scared a cat with a Vienna sausage" (not "to scare", and sausage is колбаса) – user31264 Sep 2 '14 at 0:23
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There are some variations of this, like:

Напугал кота сметаной

or

Напугал кота котлетой!

Means "trying to scare a cat with a piece of steak"

Also some other animals are involved to in the similar pattern and meaning:

Напугал кобеля буханкой

Above animals do like a food mentioned, but a hedgehog just doesn't care, isn't afraid of:

Напугал ежа голой жопой

Means "[you are] scaring a hedgehog with a bare ass"

other: напугал козла капустой

or

напугал козла огородом

and

напугал барана новыми воротами

The same attitude can be expressed by a bit different but close analogue:

не так страшен черт, как его малюют

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    +1 for scaring a hedgehog – power Sep 2 '14 at 11:13
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In addition to many examples that Ruslan Gerasimov has made there is

Только не бросай меня в терновый куст.

A phrase which comes from a folk tale, where a rabbit begs a wolf who has captured him, to do whatever the wolf desires except throwing the said rabbit into a thorn bush. Once the wolf throws him there, the rabbit quickly runs away.

Unlike the other variants, which signify the futility of the action, this one actually baits it.

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    That's an idiom coming from the English language - the original source is Cherokee and African American 19th century story Bre'r Rabbit and the Briar Patch; published wider and around the world in 20th century. – Peteris Sep 9 '14 at 21:44

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