I have to translate some texts from russian and I cannot find anything about ”поджег бороду”. I mean, I have found out that the basic translation is to burn one's beard, but I think that there is something more, like an expression/ idiom. The context is: "Я закричал, поджег бороду редактора и направился к выходу. Вслед донеслось:.. " Thanks!

  • This is joke, may not even be true. To maintain a conversation or create a playful atmosphere. It's easy. ) Apr 22, 2015 at 7:17

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It's not to "burn smb.'s beard" but to "set smb.'s beard on fire", a distinction that means rather a lot in practical terms. It's not an idiom, it's a comedic gag, with a touch of deadpan in juxtaposing it with the staid-sounding verb направился.

  • Could you please explain the connection to "направиться"? What does the latter mean besides "head toward"?
    – SAH
    Feb 19, 2017 at 22:33
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    @SAH Nothing, it's not the meaning but the style and perhaps the pace that направился implies. I get the vague impression that he screamed, set the guy's beard on fire, and then "made his way towards the exit" in no particular hurry. Although now that I look at it, I could be overanalysing. Feb 20, 2017 at 16:41

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