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The origin of “заморить червячка”

"Заморить червячка" is an idiom which can be loosely translated as "to get a bite to eat", or "to have a snack / to have something to eat". Which worm does the expression refer to? What is its ...
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The meaning of “бедный родственник”

Literally "бедный родственник" means "poor relative". But it doesn't make much sense in the following context: Что ты смотришь на меня как бедный родственник? What does this idiom mean? And what ...
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The origin of “на авось”

The Russian idiom сделать что-то на авось is very interesting indeed. I know that it may be similar to the English idiom on the off-chance, which means relying on the remote possibility (if you can ...
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Почему как стартовую команду применяют фразу «три-четыре»?

Почему когда русскоязычный человек начинает физическую нагрузку, он иногда говорит фразу «Три, четыре»? Почему пропускают «раз два»?
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How to parse and interpret "никому прохода не даст”?

(From young to old) – никому прохода не даст! They are talking about a ladykiller's taste in women covering a broad spectrum from young to old. I wonder if this phrase means something along the ...
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How to parse and interpret “Ну и досталось же ему от моей сестры!”?

Ну и досталось же ему от моей сестры! They are talking about a ladykiller trying to seduce a girl. I can't make head nor tail of the meaning of this sentence. I wonder if "dative + достаться + от" ...
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How does “Чья бы корова мычала” have the meaning “You're a fine one to talk”?

Чья бы корова мычала... Is this expression said sarcastically, with "чья" alluding to "твоя"? Whose cow would be mooing/complaining? Don't tell me it's yours (of all people/cows who should be ...
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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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How to ask someone to be less polite and not use white lies?

Note: Please let me know if this question is off-topic, so it can be closed or deleted. I am afraid that it either focuses too much on Russian culture, or alternatively is asking for a translation. ...
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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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What do these mean: pupushik and pupushonok?

A man used the first and a woman used the second, to each other. What exactly do they mean? Are they naughty terms of endearment or harmless, cute ones? :-) Context: Armenian man and Ukrainian woman ...
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Russian equivalents of English idiom “what a …”?

E.g. What a beautiful day! or What a jerk!. The phrase doesn't have in general any positive or negative connotation, but is just a general exclamation about the perceived (large) magnitude of ...
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Russian equivalents of the English idiom “So much for (a peaceful vacation)!”

First ..., and now this!? So much for a peaceful vacation! In English, you use the expression "so much for X" ironically and dejectedly when something didn't turn out the way you'd hoped. In this ...
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Meaning of же in “его сыновья … его же дочери”

I’m deciphering a modern transcription of ревизские сказки (revision records) written in the 19th century. All throughout I see a pattern similar to this (names have been changed): Илья ...
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Idiom: “Хлопот полон рот” or “хлопот полный рот”?

This idiom roughly translates as "the thing is, he/she is very busy", right? However, a friend of mine on VK used "Хлопот полный рот", whereas on gramota.ru I saw "хлопот полон рот". Which one is ...
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Russian equivalent of the idiom “crown jewel”

I'm looking for a Russian idiom which would be the closest analog of "crown jewel" as in, for instance, "the crown jewel of my collection". I'm not satisfied with "главное украшение" since that's ...
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Interpretation of “Понеслась душа в рай!”

I recently read a piece of text that was translated into Russian by a very reputable translator. In it, a couple was at a party when someone asked the husband what he thought of a new legislature. The ...
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He couldn't hold his alcohol - how to say it in Russian?

I was trying to explain to someone the English phrase: He couldn't hold his alcohol (also liquor) This means that one becomes drunk very easily. Are there any Russian idioms/expressions that are ...
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Interpretation of “забить” and “цацкаться”

In a chat about an annoying user (I believe in Russian you would call her a тролль), I came across the following comment: Ну остаётся только забить на неё, мне кажется, её только подстегивает то,...
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What are Russian equivalents of the English idiom “spread yourself too thin”?

What are Russian equivalents of the English idiom "spread yourself too thin", which is often used in: "Try not to spread yourself too thin." From The Free Dictionary: spread yourself too thin ...
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Понимаешь по-английски? [duplicate]

Is it Ты хорошо понимаешь по-английски? or Ты хорошо понимаешь английский? I have seen (1) in some Russian books I came across through an online search, but literally it does not make sense (...
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What are Russian equivalents of the English idiom “It's a work in progress”?

What are Russian equivalents of the English idiom "It's a work in progress"? To make this question self-sufficient, the definition of "work in progress" is "an unfinished project that is still being ...
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Не по глазам - что это значит?

Здравствуйте. Никогда не встречал такого выражения, по контексту вроде бы со значением "сразу не увидел" или "прозевал" (например, просматривая список). Есть ли примеры использования этого выражения в ...
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Asking for a table

What is an idiomatic way to say when entering a restaurant A table for two, please? A table for one, please?
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What is the idiom for “enjoy it!” in Russian?

What is the idiom for "enjoy it!" in Russian? Contexts for example: "I'm going to travel with my friends." "I'm traveling with my friends." "We are in the camp now." "We are walking in ...
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Сети у нас есть, или SETI?

Дорогая передача! I must confess that until recently I never read any of Vysotsky in print. Doing so for the first time I've stumbled upon these lines, and I was immensely surprised. As far as I ...
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Is there a translation of “A fool and his money are soon parted”

I am wondering if there is a Russian equivalent of the English idiom "A fool and his money are soon parted".
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Any idiomatic expression in Russian commonly misinterpreted by non-Russian speakers? [closed]

Do you know of any idiomatic expression in Russian, the meaning or etymology of which is usually misinterpreted by non-Russian speakers? Is there such an expression in Russian that Russian speakers ...
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Use of “Kamchatka” to represent any poor, faraway place

In Russia, the place name "Kamchatka" at some point became a generalized means of referring to faraway, underresourced, or undesirable places (according to a couple of sources, this includes the far ...
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Is there a Russian expression used when both sides know they are lying?

I just heard someone talking about Putin propaganda techniques on BBC Radio 4 this morning... And he mentioned an expression in a situation where "both sides know they are lying"... but they persist ...
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How to say “for one's own sake”

Например: "He should listen to his mother, for his own sake". Я думал, что-to похоже: "Он должен выслушивать свою мать, чтобы спасать себя.", но это казалось слишком буквально, так как на английском ...
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What does “до” and “со значительными утратами” mean in this sentence?

At the Russian wiki page for the "All Saint's Bridge", it says: Представлял собой выдающееся архитектурное и инженерное сооружение, считался одним из чудес Москвы. Существовал, со значительными ...
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Meaning of куда мне

I saw the following exchange: Будешь поступать в институт? - Куда мне, мне б в училище поступить". Since there's no question mark, I'm led to believe that куда мне is rhetorical here, and quite ...
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History of “Глаз на жопу натянуть” idiom

I am wondering about ethimology of an idiom "Глаз на жопу натянуть", which literally means "Pull an eye onto ass". Surfing through the internet I have found that it was used in Shirli-Myrli [Ширли-...
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Does anyone understand the sense (смысл) of this Soviet-era poster?

I forgot how I found this poster on the internet, but it looked strange so I thought I would translate it so it would make sense: However, it seems even more bizarre and non-sensical after ...
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Meaning of “одна морда чего стоит”

I found this in a book and have no inkling of what it can mean, and nothing in dictionaries to help me understand. Any ideas? Сама знаю, что зря. Мужика у меня уже Святая Дева знает сколько не ...
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What'd be a formal way to say “морочить голову”?

As in: приношу извинения что морочил голову Context: made a booking but plans were cancelled. Checked ru.wiktionary.org and frazbook.ru but none of the suggested options sound natural.
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Interpretation of the idiom “только дай повод”

In the following sentence, given that дай is an imperative form (and singular at that), I have to assume that только дай повод is an idiom: Я знаю, что вам только дай повод надо мной поиздеваться, ...
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Translation of idiom “Not to put too fine a point on it”

Какая самая близкая русская идиома? Edit: including definitions and usage examples from here: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/not+to+put+too+fine+a+point+on+it Figurative: a phrase introducing ...
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What does the phrase “на зарядку становись!” mean?

I believe it is an idiom. Literally, it means "on charging become" or "charging is on", but I'm looking for a more meaningful translation. I found the phrase written on the back of a photo of my ...
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Strange, Possibly Idiomatic Sentence and the Adverb лишь

What is the meaning of the following sentence: будь жена хоть коза, лишь бы золотые рога I understand all the words in the sentence, and I've roughly translated it as: "Whether a wife be a she-...
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Происхождение фразы “ты весь в белом” и ее аналоги

Я пишу рассказ, и в одном месте персонаж произносит фразу "Я был не прав, но и ты не весь в белом" в ответ на некие претензии. В моей голове, эта фраза имеет оттенок "ты тоже не с чистыми руками ...
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What does “До тебя как до осла не доходит” mean?

The Google and Yandex English translations don't make sense to me.
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Выражение “отслюнить пару косарей”

Что значит отслюнить пару косарей?
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What does it mean “контора дурку гонит”?

I could not reconstruct the meaning using the dictionaries.
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Тлетворный - what does it mean?

What does the word Тлетворный mean in this sentence? Is it an idiom? Одно время Тлетворный игрался в тибетскую карту.
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Синонимичны ли контекстуально слова “жареный” и “опасный”?

Семецкий, чуя, что дело пахнет жареным, сказал, что будет спать в дальней комнате, потому что оттуда лучше вид. Вид, как же! Поверил я в этот вид, наверняка он просто рассчитывал удрать, спрыгнув вниз,...
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Странная форма прилагательного “дорогой”

Но как-то разбрасываться таким знакомством нам не приходилось. Живой человек, к нам расположенный, и не мутант – это дорогого стоит в чужом городе. Почему здесь используется родительный падеж? Я не ...
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Значение выражения “как Тузик грелку”

На «Автово» сумасшедший дом. Или был сумасшедший дом но с этой станцией вовсе ничего до конца не поймёшь. Только перед «Автово» ещё и «Кировский завод», а там есть «Кировская бригада», с которой не ...
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to get more milk from a cow and spend less food, you should feed your cow less and milk it more

I have read the anecdote in Russian that reads literally as "to get more milk from a cow and spend less food, you should feed your cow less and milk it more". Is that a common anecdote in Russia? Do ...