Russian phrases

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всё путём [fsyo pu-tyóm] Phrase
everything is ok / tip-top
до́брый день [dób-ryî dyen'] Phrase
good afternoon, good day, hello
дать сда́чи [dat' sdá-chee] Phrase
to hit / to strike back
тому́ наза́д [ta-mú na-zát] Phrase
руко́й пода́ть [ru-kóî pa-dát'] Phrase
it's close, it's no distance, ~ it is a stone's throw
тяп-ляп [tyap-lyap] Phrase
anyhow, in a slipshod way, botched up
как ни крути́ [kak nee kru-tée] Phrase
anyway (lit. - no matter how you turn it)
игра́ть в снежки́ [eeg-rát' f sneesh-kée] Phrase
to have a snowball fight
на одно́м дыха́нии [na ad-nóm dy-há-nee-ee] Phrase
in one breath
боле́ть за [ba-lyét' za] Phrase
to root for, to be a fan of
С пра́здником! [s prázd-nee-kam] Phrase
почём зря [pa-chyóm zrya] Phrase
~ without rhyme or reason, for nothing
не за что [nye za chto] Phrase
don't mention it, no problem
в упо́р [v u-pór] Phrase
face to face, right up to, point-blank
будь здоро́в! / бу́дьте здоро́вы! [but' zda-róf / bút'-tye zda-ró-vy] Phrase , for a woman - будь здоро́ва
bless you! (after somebody sneezes, lit. - be healthy!)
на цы́почках [na tsý-pach-kah] Phrase
on tiptoe
встре́чная полоса́ [vstryéch-na-ya pa-la-sá] Phrase
opposite lane
так получи́лось [tak pa-lu-chée-las'] Phrase
it happened this way, it so fell out

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