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Questions about the meaning, the origin, and the usage of multi-word expressions with more or less idiomatic or metaphorical meaning.

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How do Russian speakers commonly express the idea of “a powder-keg situation”?

In conversation, I just said: Обе стороны на грани. Достаточно одной искры, чтобы все пошло наперекосяк. Here I wanted to express the idea of "a tinderbox situation waiting to ignite" or "a powder-...
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Where does “сложа” come from in the expression “сложа руки”?

Мы не можем просто сидеть сложа руки. Given the meaning of the expression -- "sit around, twiddling thumbs", or more literally, "sit around, folding arms" or "sit around with folded arms" -- "сложа" ...
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How to express the euphemistic “X took its toll on Y” in Russian?

In conversation, I jokingly said: Она якобы слышала внутренний голос, который шепчет ей снова и снова. Я дал ей адрес хорошего врача! Да уж, время, что она провела в одиночестве, ее не пощадило... ...
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How to express “getting promoted/demoted on the corporate ladder” in Russian

In conversation, I just said: Если его за это понизят в ранге, ему почти нечего будет сказать в свое оправдание. Here I wanted to express the idea of getting demoted on the corporate ladder, or ...
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How to express “that's one way to put it” with a hint of understatement?

Тебе не кажется, что этот продукт немного... ну не знаю. Перехваливают что ли? In conversation, in response to the above, I just said: Пожалуй, это лишь одно из немногих подходящих выражений... В ...
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Russian equivalents of “not above doing anything to …”

In conversation, I wanted to express the idea of "not above doing anything to do ..." and said: ... Впрочем он, я смотрю, ничем не побрезгует ради достижения собственных целей, какое уж там вести ...
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Idiomatic Signage: “No children”, “Children not allowed on table”, etc.?

Let's say you had a nice pool table. And some people were ruining it by putting their small children on top of it and letting them walk around and bang on it. In American English, you might put a ...
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How to express the generalising “life has a way of …”?

In conversation, I just said: Думаешь, что ты на коне, а жизнь снова отвешивает тебе оплеуху. Here I wanted to express the idea of "life has a way of ...". In English, this expression refers to ...
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How to express “Wait…'was'?” in surprise?

Да. Это была именитая компания, щедрая на праздники! Surprised to hear my girlfriend use "была" as if it were a thing of the past, I said: Постой... Почему ты говоришь в прошедшем времени? In ...
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Как перевести предложение с притяжательным падежом, которое состоит из терминов

Есть такое предложение: This is known as the agent's running execution context. Но проблема в том чтобы сохранить английские термины в их исходном состоянии. То есть из всего этого предложения нельзя ...
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How to express the idiomatic “It took some getting used to, but …”?

In English, you say: It took some (serious) getting used to, but ... ... with the word "some" acting like an intensifier. This colloquial structure essentially takes the form of "It took some + ...
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How to express the contrasting “still others”, as in “some people do X, others do Y, still others do Z”?

In English, you say "some ..., while others ...", when comparing just two groups of people. And when the third group is thrown into the mix, you add "still" or "yet" to "others": Some people do X, ...
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Russian equivalents of the colloquial “What's the hold-up?”

The colloquial expression "What's the hold-up?" comes in handy when someone is dawdling, testing your patience. In conversation, there are times when I feel the urge to shout its equivalent expression ...
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Russian equivalents of the rhetorical construction “What is there to talk about / understand?”

А чего там говорить-то? А чего там понимать-то? А о чем тут разговаривать-то? I'm wondering if these phrasings work and which is a better fit: "там" or "тут". How do native speakers ...
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Russian equivalents of “a grain of truth”

In conversation, I wanted to express the idea of "a grain of truth" and said: В том, что он говорит, безусловно, есть доля правды. Now I'm wondering if the following could have worked as well? Or ...
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…дались тебе эти макароны!

Как вообще возник оборот "далось тебе [это] XXX" ? Почему он означает то, что означает? Т.е. я его использую, нутром ощущаю, но логически разложить этот оборот на составляющие, объяснить его механику ...
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A verb or verbal phrase to describe a start of a long successful period in sports

How to describe a successful action of a player in a national team that would start a relatively long period of success for that team? For example, И тут он забил гол, тем самым начав подъём ...
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Binding “суждения” and “доля погрешности” together in Russian

Do "суждения" and "доля погрешности" go along well in Russian? For example, That makes your суждения subject to a certain доля погрешности. Or You must keep in mind that as much as we ...
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что значит “Из платья выросла девочка”

"Из дома вдруг вышла Даша - красивая девочка с огромными белыми бантами и в зеленом платье, из которого она тоже уже, по-моему,выросла." Скажите пожалуйста,как понимать выражение "из платья выросла ...
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Russian equivalent of the sarcastic expression “Trust me to …!” or “Leave it to me to …!”

I just said in conversation: Как же типично для меня потерять что-то важное перед командировкой! I'm wondering if this works as an equivalent of the sarcastic expression "Trust me/you to (lose ...!...
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In informal speech, can you leave замуж out from “выйти замуж”?

Is it appropriate to leave out замуж like this? Она чего вышла за этого мужчину?
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What does “жена-собственница” mean?

I can't understand the meaning of жена-собственница. У меня жена-собственница! Хорошо ли это?
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The origin of “В тридевятом царстве, в тридесятом государстве”

"В тридевятом царстве, в тридесятом государстве" ("in a Faraway Land") is a phrase that is used in numerous Russian fairytales. Why is царство - тридевятое (3-9ое), and государство - тридесятое (3-...
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The meaning and usage of the expression “она бы нам не спустила”

Если бы она могла нас увидеть, она бы нам не спустила. I assume this is an equivalent of "let someone get away with it", but considering that "спустить" is a transitive verb, some element seems to be ...
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Russian equivalent of “carve out (time)”

Mornings may never be stress-free times of zen-like bliss, but at least you can carve out a minute or two to enjoy your coffee before the day really gets going. What are some commonly used Russian ...
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The meaning and usage of the expression “никуда не денешь”

Есть ощущение суетности, которое потом никуда не денешь. Хотя, конечно, все, что угодно, — за ваши деньги. I'm not sure if this phrase qualifies as an idiom, but does it mean something like "you/one ...
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The expression “на душе кошки скребут” without “у кого-н”

Он сегодня весь день не желает вылезать из комнаты. Играет что-то грустное на гитарке и поет. От его песни аж кошки на душе скребут. When I see "на душе кошки скребут", I sort of automatically expect ...
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The meaning and usage of the expression “с моей легкой руки”

Обычно я обедала в столовой колледжа – Пьюк-холле. На самом деле она называлась Дюк-холл, в честь покойного директора. Но с моей легкой руки она получила новое неофициальное прозвище. What does this ...
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“Уйти под воду с головой”

I'm a little unclear on this phrase's meaning. Does it describe the state of a swimmer jumping headlong into a pool, for example? Do you need to use instrumental case 'с головой (with your head)', ...
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О конях и лошадях

I know the difference between "лошадь" and "конь" - лошадь is a female horse and конь is a male horse. I also know that we should treat "конный спорт" as a set expression. Thus, "лошадиный спорт" ...
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“Так” “такая” “такой” and “Какой” [duplicate]

I've been watching these words recently and I am not quite sure how to use them. I know that Tak is like "so" or "that"(like in; It's not that good) Could anybody please explain me?
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Difference Between and when to select which when they fuse. “меня” V.S “я”

I am not only confused with the overall definition and distinction between "меня" and "я" but also when to use which when 2 different phrases containing one of them each merge together. As an example:...
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When to use which with “не” / “ нет”

Why is the word "не" used in the phrase: "мне не нравится"= "I Don't Like" But on the contrary "нет" is used in this one: "у меня нет"= "I Don't Have" Is it a rule that Always "мне" goes with "не" ...
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How do you say "We'd be none the wiser”?

Только подумай! Возможно, пока мы разговариваем, британские солдаты проникают в город, а мы даже не догадываемся. I wonder if this is a commonly used expression to convey the idea of "(Something ...
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How does “И, может быть, это и проблема” translate?

I am trying to read some basic Russian texts to strengthen my vocabulary and I came across the following sentence in one of them: И, может быть, это и проблема... I am yet to fully comprehend the ...
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Why was “что ты думаешь” deemed incorrect?

I mostly use the following for "What do you think?" как ты думаешь? I understand there can be many variants of the aforementioned question, and I have seen a few of them. I was recently following ...
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Where does the word “пруди” in “пруд пруди” come from?

Таких театров повсюду – пруд пруди. It seems this expression as a whole is used to refer to an extremely large quantity of something, but I'm not sure how to interpret it more literally. Is "пруди" ...
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Is this a Russian equivalent of the expression “It’s not in someone's nature to do X”?

Не дворянское это дело тратить на поход в магазин или фитнес-клуб массу времени. =??? It’s not in a nobleman's nature to spend much time going to a shop or a fitness club. I assume "дворянское" is ...
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How do I infer the meaning from “Стол на месте”?

I am learning Russian using Duolingo as a resource. One of the questions in an exercise was to translate the following into English: Стол на месте I (maybe naively) interpreted it as Table/Desk ...
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In Russian, how do you say “she’s at it again”?

Anna... she's at it again (doing something / with something)? Anna fait encore des siennes ? We colloquially use these expressions in English and French when we catch someone (with a bit of a ...
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In Russian, how do you express “take after” in “I wonder who he takes after with his obstinacy”?

Не понимаю, в кого он такой своевольный. I saw this phrase in an IM, and I assume it is roughly an equivalent of "take after" in English. I find this turn of phrase curious, though: how should I ...
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«повести бровью» vs. «повести бровями»

С английским выражением «he raised his eyebrows / he didn't even raise his eyebrows» обязательно следует, строго говоря, поставить существительное «eyebrows» во множественное число. С точки зрения ...
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What is the meaning of the proverb “И рыбку съесть, и в воду не лезть”?

The English proverb "You can't have your cake and eat it" is apparently equivalent to the Russian one "И рыбку съесть, и в воду не лезть". What's the exact meaning of the proverb "И рыбку съесть, и в ...
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In Russian, how do you say “no, scratch that!”?

Perhaps, (blah blah blah) – no, on second thoughts, scratch that. In English, this particular use of the verb "scratch" comes in handy in conversation when you suddenly realise mid-sentence that a ...
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In Russian, how do you say “Old habits die hard”?

Старые привычки дают о себе знать, да? I wonder if this is a commonly used expression to convey the idea of "Old habits die hard"? If an automatic translator is anything to go by, however, it doesn't ...
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Breaking down the expression “из рук вон плохо”

разбираться в чем-то из рук вон плохо This entire phrase is a hyperbolic expression used to emphasise the idea of "how badly someone does something", correct? Its grammatical construction eludes me, ...
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Russian equivalent of the idiomatic expression “It's all very well doing …”

Делать что-то – дело хорошее, но бывает, что ... To express the idea of "it's all very well doing A, but sometimes it's best to do B", I wonder if the phrasing above sounds idiomatic enough. In ...
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“Published computer scientist” in Russian? [closed]

How to say in Russian "published computer scientist"?
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Не справиться as an idiom

"Только силой с этим явлением [terrorism] не справиться, тем более, что смерть террористов не пугает". I was intrigued at the usage of the infinitive справиться here. Normally the third person plural ...
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How to parse the expression “уж тем более …”

Don't do X. Уж тем более теперь. While I understand the meaning of the entire phrase... What is the function of "уж" here? And is it impossible to say "уже тем более теперь" instead? Is "тем" the ...