a large merchant ship, especially one with a rich cargo.
a fleet of such ships.
an opulent supply. an argosy fraught with precious wares — корабль, груженный дорогими товарами
an argosy of railway folklore — неисчерпаемый запас поездных анекдотов
Redundant systems, affording mutual backup in the event of one failing. -избыточная система
belt-and-suspenders person — перестраховщик He believes in a belt and suspenders, booking flights from two different airports on different airlines for important trips.
To wait for further developments.
ждать благоприятного случая; выжидать I knew I had her. I sat back in my chair, biding my time while she swallowed my purple Kool-Aid. I doubt, " he said, " that you have ever known love. Maybe you're biding your time, waiting for its arrival?
bottom dollar — последний доллар
if you say you can bet your bottom dollar that something will happen or is true, you mean you are completely certain You can bet your bottom dollar she won't apologize.
the movement of people with education and skills from their own country to another country where they are paid more for their work There is a brain drain of British mathematicians to the United States.
the action of getting rid of someone who is not wanted The photographer was given the bum's rush by two policemen guarding the office.
Why do I feel I'm getting the bum's rush? Where are you off to?
(показать) от ворот поворот
“Cache” comes from the French verb cacher, meaning “to hide,” and in English is pronounced exactly like the word “cash.” But reporters speaking of a cache (hidden hoard) of weapons or drugs often mispronounce it to sound like cachet—“ca-SHAY” —a word with a very different meaning: originally a seal affixed to a document, now a quality attributed to anything with authority or prestige. Rolex watches have cachet.
apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please.
1. carping, crabby, cranky, cross, nitpicking, niggling, picky, testy. <a captious and cranky eater who's never met a vegetable he didn't hate>
pertaining to, characteristic of, or dealing in espionage or intrigue, esp. of a romantic or dramatic kind.
приключенческий; шпионский He seemed to have a knack for the cloak-and-dagger (the benefit of a clandestine life-you get practice at deception).
Corporal punishment is the deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence, or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, or to deter attitudes or behaviour deemed unacceptable. The term usually refers to methodically striking the offender with an implement, whether in judicial, domestic, or educational settings.
the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
развязка The reader will spare me the unnecessary obligation of
describing the denouement .
Pushkin "An Amateur Peasant Girl" Читатели избавят меня от излишней обязанности описывать развязку.
А. С. Пушкин "Барышня-крестьянка"
verb (used with object)
to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: to dissemble one's incompetence in business.
to put on the appearance of; feign: to dissemble innocence.
someone who keeps something that they do not really want in order to prevent anyone else from having it Stop being such a dog in the manger and let your sister ride your bike if you're not using it.
собака на сене
1. lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive, as in sleep; torpid: The lecturer's sudden shout woke the dormant audience.
2. in a state of rest or inactivity; inoperative; in abeyance: The project is dormant for the time being.
even so — despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession); "although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; "he was a stern yet fair master"; "granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go"
all the same, however, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, withal, still, yet
A flash mob (or flashmob) is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then disperse
1. an often large, finely divided leaf, esp. as applied to the ferns and certain palms.
a leaflike expansion not differentiated into stem and foliage, as in lichens.
листовидный отросток у определённых видов растений, лист папоротника; лист пальмы
if you tell someone you are going to see a man about a dog, it is a way of saying that you do not want to tell them where you are really going, especially when you are going to the restroom I won't be long. I'm just going to see a man about a dog.
given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary.
being without apparent reason, cause, or justification: a gratuitous insult.
бесплатный; даровой; безвозмездный; добровольный; беспричинный; ничем не вызванный;
easy: a hands-down victory.
certain: a book destined to be a hands-down bestseller.
легко; без усилий; без всякого труда; с лёгкостью; бесспорно; несомненно; не напрягаясь
A children's game in which players toss a small object into the numbered spaces of a pattern of rectangles outlined on the ground and then hop or jump through the spaces to retrieve the object.
1. a small bit of appetizing food, as spicy meat, fish, cheese, or a preparation of chopped or creamed foods, often served on crackers or small pieces of toast, for eating at cocktail parties or other gatherings where drinks are served with no other food.
2. an appetizer, as a relish or more elaborate preparation, served before or as the first course of a meal.
unyielding; unalterable: inexorable truth; inexorable justice.
not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties: an inexorable creditor.
неумолимый, непреклонный, непоколебимый; суровый, безжалостный
-(n) An item that looks exactly like an original product but lacks the expensive designer label and is replaced with a fake one. Usually costs half the price with half the style appeal.
— (v) to imitate, copy, or plagiarize: to knock off designer dresses in cheap materials.
— имитация ; подделка
present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential: latent ability.
непроявившийся, в скрытом состоянии Franklin Roosevelt mobilized himself and his latent talent for leadership. He found his voice, and his voice defined America.
a lay (noun) — песня, сказание, былина
The Lay of Igor's Raid — Слово о полку Игореве
lay (adj.) — 1. belonging to, pertaining to, or performed by the people or laity, as distinguished from the clergy: a lay sermon.
2. not belonging to, connected with, or proceeding from a profession, especially the law or medicine.
— светский; мирской; не имеющий монашеского сана; непрофессиональный
to stop feeling embarrassed about something you have done by waiting until people forget about it Such a bad reputation is hard to live down.
I'll never live it down if Richard refuses to go out with me.
if someone or something lives up to people's expectations or a particular standard, they are as good as they were expected to be Did the trip live up to your expectations?
He's striving to live up to his reputation as a world-class athlete.
including all or every part of something He's been pressing for the organization to move, lock, stock, and barrel, from Paris to Brussels.
все полностью; все целиком; со всеми причиндалами, всё вместе взятое; со всеми потрохами
One who is uncontrolled and therefore a serious and unpredictable danger. For example, We can't trust her to talk to the press she's a loose cannon. This metaphoric expression alludes to cannon mounted on the deck of a sailing ship, which if dislodged during combat or a storm could cause serious damage to both vessel and crew by sliding about. Its figurative use dates from the first half of the 1900s.
полно; не обращайте внимания; ничего; пустяки; не бери в голову; это к делу не относится ; не говоря уже о Sovereignty is a dead issue for Quebecers, never mind the rest of the country. забудь! ; проехали! не заморачивайся ; не парься
Barely tolerated; agreed to but unwillingly. For example, They rarely put a non-academic on the panel, so obviously I was there on sufferance .
This expression uses sufferance in the sense of "toleration," a usage obsolete except in this idiom.
оскорбительный; позорящий; позорный Who wouldn't bet the whole kaboodle, blow the three precious wishes to get social justice, the end of oppression of Third Wodders, workers, women, and anyone else under an opprobrious yoke?
path of least resistance — the easiest way; "In marrying him she simply took the path of least resistance"
путь наименьшего сопротивления
tаkе the path of least resistance — пойти по пути наименьшего сопротивления
a scanty income or remuneration.
ничтожное жалование; подачка; жалкие гроши This entire process ensured maximum employment at, I am sure, a pittance of a wage.
People earning a pittance will take years just to save this small amount.
to be with two people who are having a romantic relationship and who would prefer to be alone Yes, thank you, I'd love to go to the cinema, if you two are sure you don't mind me playing gooseberry.
Быть третьим лишним.
a word composed of parts of two or more words, such as chortle from chuckle and snort and motel from motor and hotel. The term was first used by Lewis Carroll to describe many of the unusual words in his Through the Looking-Glass , particularly in the poem "Jabberwocky."
A priest hole is the term given to hiding places for priests built into many of the principal Catholic houses of England during the period when Catholics were persecuted by law in England, from the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth I in 1558.
to accept unpleasant behavior or an unpleasant situation, even though you do not like it He's not easy to live with — I think Jo puts up with a lot.
I can put up with a house being untidy but I don't like it to be dirty.
He's impossible! How do you put up with him?
мириться с; мириться; потерпеть I'm afraid you would have to put up with that for the time being.; вытерпеть; выдержать; примириться
slightly improper or indelicate; suggestive; risqué
пикантный; скабрёзный In an interview with " GQ " magazine, she gives details of how the affair came to be and what surprised a lot of people, the racy photos accompanying the article.
merely average; commonplace; mediocre: just a plain, run-of-the-mill house; a run-of-the-mill performance.
Synonyms: garden-variety, pedestrian, nothing to write home about, quotidian, average, ordinary, plain, vanilla, plain vanilla, plain Jane
Deliberately putting someone an unfavorable situation that he/she would not like. I decided to screw him over by stealing his test and changing all the answers.
(transitive, slang) To cheat someone, or treat them unfairly
подставить, подвести You do not screw your friends over.
1. To kidnap (a man) for compulsory service aboard a ship, especially after drugging him.
2. To induce or compel (someone) to do something, especially by fraud or force: We were shanghaied into buying worthless securities.
обманом вовлечь в неприятность; добиваться чего-либо нечестным путём или принуждением; завлечь куда-л. силой или угрозой; поставить в трудное положение
Conventional attribute of street preacher, who would stand on soap box and say sermon, and thus, term denoting preacher-like behavior. — Dude, you shouldn't be doing that before marriage.
— Yeah, right. Want a soap box?
an evening party or other gathering given usually at a private house, esp where guests are invited to listen to, play, or dance to music
[from French, from Old French soir evening, from Latin sērum a late time, from sērus late]
званый вечер, суаре Everybody at the soiree sure had a good time. We were flying down to Cancun, but Sergei's parents couldn't get a visa for Mexico, so I planned a little soiree at the country club.
Recognize that many others are in the same situation; recognize that one's concerns are not of high priority; be prepared to wait
займи очередь, ты не один такой Seth smiled into the senior partner's wrath. " If you want to threaten me, Mr. Treadwell, you'll have to take a number . "
-ая, -ое. [от лат. morganaticus] Книжн. ◊ Морганатический брак
Брак лица царствующего дома с лицом не царского рода, не дающий членам семьи привилегий царствующего рода (в том числе права престолонаследия). Морганатическая жена
(состоящая в таком браке).