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Russian equivalents of “have ideas above his station”

In conversation, one of my colleagues said: He's thinking of making advances to the hospital director's daughter. If you ask me, he's got ideas above his station. He's not set up for life or ...
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Russian equivalents of “X puts the smile back on her face”

We were having a conversation in German, and I was wondering how the same idea is commonly/idiomatically expressed in Russian. Sie lässt sich nichts anmerken, aber so viel muss sie durchmachen. Mit ...
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What does “сказ” mean? [closed]

Perhaps it is actually 'CKAЭ' rather than 'CKA3'... but either way I can't find an answer through Google. I'm referring to what is shown on this piece of Russian Constructivist artwork. Can anyone ...
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How is the idea of “X comes a distant third” commonly expressed in Russian?

We were having a conversation in German. Citing, one by one, three reasons why I think my friend has been hired for a job, I said jokingly: Die Antwort ist denkbar einfach. Erstens X. Zweitens Y. ...
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How is the idea of “treat X with kid gloves” naturally expressed in Russian?

We were having a conversation in French, and I was wondering how I'd express the same idea in Russian. Tu es sans pitié, dis-moi... En même temps, elle n’aurait pas autant envie de nous rattraper ...
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How is the idea of “it's a boys' thing” naturally expressed in Russian?

Mon frère a vraiment envie de parcourir le monde entier. J’imagine que c’est un truc de garçon. То express the idea of "It's more of a boys' thing (than a girls')" in the sense of "It's one of those ...
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How is the idea of “girlfriend material” naturally expressed in Russian?

Elle n'est pas de l'étoffe dont on fait les copines... {literally}: She's not of the material from which we make girlfriends. То express the idea of "she's not (X)girlfriend material", "she's not ...
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soviet maps toponym or descriptor [closed]

i am currently working with soviet maps of Saudi Arabia dated to the 1980s, supposedly based on aerial imagery from the late 1970s. These are general topographic maps, no specific theme or even ...
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Russian equivalents of “no love lost”

You say, for instance: A mere month ago, it seemed they couldn't get enough of each other. My, how things have changed after one big falling-out. Now there is no/little love lost between them. ...
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Translation from English to Russian

Can someone from Russian-speaking countries (physicist preferably) check the validity of the following translation from English to Russian language: Theoretical Predictions of Highly Energetic ...
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“Народ, да!” или “Да, народ!”?

In the book with translations of American folklore published in the USSR in 1983 to celeberate 25 years of Soviet-American friendship the translators decided to use the title "Народ, да!" for "Yes, ...
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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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What is the closest equivalent to “Armchair <profession>”?

In English there’s the use of armchair as a modifier with a profession or occupation to ironically indicate that the person in question has mostly theoretical (and not necessarily expert) knowledge on ...
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Transliterating English -u- (-ʌ-) as Russian -е-

Where did the curious tradition of transliterating English u (sound ʌ) as Russian е come from? I remember at least three examples off the top of my head: trust -> трест, lunch - ленч (now obsolete), ...
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Best translation for “Quality over quantity”

What is the best translation into Russian of the common English expression "Quality over quantity"? I have not found any answers on the internet. (Bear in mind that I'm a native Russian speaker.)
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When were names ending in -в romanized with -ff? [closed]

Russian surnames ending in -в used to be transliterated for English speakers with ff, e.g. "Petroff" and "Prokofieff". Today v seems more accepted. None of the various modern and historical ...
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The translation for 'шаболда' [closed]

What is the English equivalent for this word?
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what does this translate to in english? [closed]

What does this translate to in English? ПРЕВЬЫШЕНА НАГРУЗКА на сервер. ведется техоБслуживание.
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“Попугаи” по-английски в контексте измерения чего-либо [closed]

В русском языке есть такое выражение: измерять что-то в "попугаях". А есть ли что-то подобное в английском языке? Abstract points - не совсем то, хотя имеет похожую смысловую нагрузку.
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Russian “version” of Elizabeth, Philip, Henry and Paige?

For my sins, I'm a huge fan of the TV-show "The Americans" - a show about two deep-cover KGB-agents living as a family in the USA with their children, set in the beginning of the 1980s. The Americans ...
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How to roll R's in russian language

How to roll/trill the letter R in a russian accent?
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How to translate “Industry expertise” to Russian?

having difficulty with translating "Industry expertise" to Russian. appreciate all input! thanks.
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What is the closest word in English for “понт”? [closed]

I tried to find closest word in English which means same as russian "понт" (not a geographical term, but a noun to "show off"), but failed. Is there any?
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Does Russian have a word meaning 'snarky'?

In American English we have the word 'snarky', meaning 'sharply critical; cutting; snide'. A Russian translator suggests the word элегантного, but this does not seem to have the same sense as the ...
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Is there dictionary of words with similar spelling of English and Russian languages?

I'm looking for table or database or just a list of words with similar spelling on both languages, English and Russian. E.g. stool = стул carousel = карусель apogee = апогей cigarette = сигарета ...
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Is there a word or phrase that is comparable to “legalese” in Russian?

In English (at least American English), we have the term "legalese", which Wikipedia defines as: Legal writing that is very difficult for laymen to read and understand, the implication being that ...
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English expressions like “Шла Саша по шоссе и сосала сушку”, “Мама мыла мою малину” [closed]

I'm a native Russian speaker and I have question for those whose mothertongue is English. Can you recollect some English phrases or expressions with complicated sound and articulation? The Russian ...
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What are the differences between Russian and English in punctuation rules?

Are there cases when they directly contradict each other, or can I just apply my Russian knowledge when writing texts in English? In order for the question to be reasonably scoped, let's stick to the ...