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|a tippler (informal)
Не used to be a tippler for years during the war.
|a walk of life (form)
1. слой общества
People from all walks of life went to the minister's funeral.
1. тряпка; слабак
Quit being such A wimp, for Chrissake! Don't let her walk all over you!
|airy-fairy (adj inf)
1. заоблачный (нереальный)
Many democratic principles are rejected by governments in developing countries as too airy-fairy for the harsh circumstances there.
|an about-face (Am)
1. поворот на 180° (внезапно изменить планы, мнение и т.д.)
Both papers did an about-face and published a condemnation of his actions. The board did an about- face on acquiring more land.
1. сорвиголова; девчонка-сорванец (с мальчишескими ухватками)
Kate spent a lot of her time playing football and climbing trees and was seen by her classmates as a real tomboy.
|a walking dictionary/encyclopedia
1. ходячий словарь; ходячая энциклопедия
He's a walking dictionary. And by the way he's a great reader of your books. С Ask Rob -he's a walking encyclopedia of military history.
1. привалить (о деньгах); неожиданная удача; непредвиденный доход
I've had a windfall. He had a windfall from the football pool.
|alive and kicking
I had a letter from Rod. He's still very much alive and kicking, working on a farm.
|an Achilles' heel
1. ахиллесова пята
His Achilles' heel was his pride - he would get very angry if anyone criticized his work.
|a top banana/dog (informal)
1. важная птица; большая шишка
His plan was to be top banana within ten years. Now that she's top dog you can't get hold of her at all.
|a walking disaster
1. тридцать три несчастья
He's an unlucky fellow: every day something happens to him, so they call him Walking Disaster.
1. «дворник» (стеклоочиститель)
Today I've been complimented on my driving. Under the wiper. I found a note saying 'Parking Fine'.
|all and sundry
1. все и вся (все без исключения)
Не didn't like his private life being made known to all and sundry in the newspapers.
|an act of God
1. стихийное бедствие
My insurance company wouldn't pay for the damage because it was an act of God.
|a tough customer
1. тяжелый человек
If Mr Jack Evans phones, give me the call. He's a tough customer and I'd like to deal with him personally.
|a wandering Jew (bibl)
1. вечный жид
Ronnie met her when he came to work in Norwich. -Another wandering Jew. Another one who can't settle himself.
|a wise guy (Am inf derog)
Bill is a wise guy and displeases others by what he says.
|all dressed up and/with nowhere to go
1. как дурак с чистой шеей (остаться ни с чем)
Rob rang up and said he had to work late, so there I was all dressed up with nowhere to go.
1. вечный неудачник; сошедший с круга
Peter felt that he was one of life's 'also-rans'. His education had ended unsuccessfully; he had taken a number of uninteresting and poorly paid jobs.
|a tough nut to crack
1. крепкий орешек
It won't be easy getting her approval. She's a tough nut to crack.
|a waste of space (informal)
1. пустое место
Her husband's a complete waste of space.
1. охота на ведьм
Senator McCarthy led a witch-hunt against suspected communists during the 1950s.
1. превратиться в слух; весь внимание; ушки на макушке
Well, hurry up and tell me. I'm all ears.
|an apple of discord
1. яблоко раздора
His lawyer tried to persuade him to make a more equitable disposal of his properly. "What you have here," he said, "is not so much a will as an apple of discord."
|a tower of strength
1. опора; надежный, как скала/каменная стена
Не was a tower of strength to me when my father died.
|a wet (informal)
1. хлюпик; тряпка; размазня
You can't expect David to do anything about the problem. He's far too wet. He avoids all sorts of decisions. Don't be such a wet!
|a wolf in sheep's clothing
1. волк в овечьей шкуре
John Major's grey image may disguise a wolf in sheep's clothing.
|all fingers and thumbs/all thumbs (informal)
1. руки-крюки When it conies to knitting.
Mary is all thumbs. I'm sorry I spilled your coffee. I'm all fingers and thumbs this morning because I've got a job interview after lunch.
|an eager beaver
1. трудяга; энтузиаст
The new assistant always works late - he's a real eager beaver.
|a track record
1. послужной список
We like to recruit managers with a strong track record.
|a wet blanket
1. нытик, зануда, кайфоломщик (на вечеринке)
Don't ask him to the party-he's such a wet blanket!
Working very hard and without restraint will make you a workaholic.
1. двумя руками за (одобрять)
Mary suggested that they sell their house. They weren't all for it, but they did it anyway. I m all for eating before we leave.
|an early bird
1. ранняя пташка
You have to be an early bird if you want to get a bargain at an auction sale.
|a train of thought
1. ход мыслей
You interrupted my train of thought -now I can't remember what I was going to say.
1. воротила; ловкач; делец
He worked in the property business for a number of years, acquiring a reputation as a formidable wheeler-dealer.
|above one's head (adv)
1. выше ч-л понимания
When my brother and father start talking about politics I just don't listen. All that sort of thing is above my head.
|all in a day's work
1. дело привычное
Administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is all in a day's work for firemen.
|an easy touch
1. безотказный; уступчивый
Her Dad's an easy touch - he's always giving her money.
|a trap (sl)
1. глотка; пасть
Shut your trap!
I'm fed up with being told what to do by young whippersnappers barely out of school.
|accidentally on purpose
The boy told his father that he had dropped the radio when he fell on the stairs, but he later admitted to his mother that he had broken it accidentally on purpose because he wanted a new one.
|all in one piece
1. в целости и сохранности; цел и невредим
The package was handled carefully, and the vase inside arrived all in one piece.
|an honest Joe
1. честный малый
He's just an honest Joe trying to earn enough money to live.
|a Trojan horse
1. троянский конь
In very gradual, complex ways, Britain may prove to be, not the Trojan horse of American influence, but, on the contrary, a counterpoise to the American tide.
|a whip-round (informal)
1. складчина (о сборе денег)
We had a whip-round for Annie's leaving present.
|add fuel to the fire
1. подлить масла в огонь
Just as the discussion seemed to be becoming more rational Mary added fuel to the fire saying that people should only talk about things they understand.
|all Lombard street to a China orange
1. давать голову на отсечение
It's all Lombard street to a China orange that he'll lose his money if he invests it in the X-company.
|an item (sl)
1. «сладкая парочка»
No one is surprised to see them together anymore. It is generally recognized that they are an item.
|a tuck-in (informal)
1. пирушка; кутеж
We had a tuck-in over Christmas.
|a whipping boy (Am)
1. козел отпущения; мальчик для битья
"I used to be the whipping boy during my early days at the company," he musingly remembered.
|add insult to injury
1. подлить масла в огонь
Having cut off our electricity in error, the Electricity Board added insult to injury by charging us the cost of reconnection.
|all mouth and trousers
1. балаболка; пустозвон; трепло (болтун)
Не'll talk all night about your problems and how to solve them, but he won't actually do anything to help. His trouble is that he's all mouth and trousers.
|an obstacle race
1. бег с препятствиями
We don't need this obstacle race every day. I'm going to quit driving to work.
He's a bit of a twister- I'd have nothing to do with him if I were you!
|a whistle-stop tour
1. галопом по Европам
Coach loads of tourists come for whistle-stop tours of the main European
1. мозги набекрень; крыша едет
This is a city lull of rumours and stories. You would be addle-headed if you listened to them all.
|all over and done with
1. покончить; дело прошлое
He has behaved very wickedly in the past but that's all over and done with.
|an odd fish
1. белая ворона; странный тип
This is not to say that Mr Hughes is anything but an extremely odd fish. He has not been seen in public for 16 years.
|a video nasty
1. ужастики (по видео)
It's not so easy to stop children watching video nasties at any time of the day.
|a white lie
1. ложь во спасение; невинная ложь
When I said her novel was good It was a white lie
|after one's own heart
1. по душе; по вкусу
Ah, so you enjoy a good drop of claret, too. You are a man after my own heart.
|all the King's horses and all the King's men
1. "вся королевская рать»
If you haven't got a degree or diploma in engineering I doubt whether all the King's horses and all the King's men could get you a job with that particular firm.
|an old cadger (affect)
1. старый хрыч
I looked at this marvelous old cadger laughing his head off.
|a vicious circle
1. порочный круг
Не works hard, gets tired, gets behind with his work, and has to work harder still -it's a vicious circle.
|a whole new ball game
1. совсем другое дело
We'd done a lot of climbing in Scotland, hut the Himalayas were a whole how ball game.
|against the grain
1. не по нутру/нраву
You can't expect me to help you cheat. That goes against the grain.
|all-singing, all-dancing (humor)
1. последнее слово/достижение; самый писк
She showed us the new all-singing, all-dancing graphics software she'd bought for her computer.
|an old chestnut (informal)
1. анекдот «с бородой»
I did not find that comedian funny. I'd heard all those old chestnuts before.
|a voice crying in the wilderness (bibl)
1. глас вопиющего в пустыне
Не was a man who had some excellent ideas, but other men had greater influence in the company and he was just a voice crying in the wilderness.
|a willing/work horse
1. рабочая лошадка
Poor Helen is a willing horse and seems to do three-quarters of the work of the whole committee.
|aim high (v)
1. высоко метить
He aimed high but went under.
|along for the ride (informal)
1. за компанию
Except for John, all of us here are practising photographers; John is just along for the ride.
|an old doddler
1. божий одуванчик
Although an expert in his field, the 70-year old professor of History was regarded by students and colleagues a like as an old doddler.
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