Russian phrase of the day: Кишка тонка

Jan 29, 2018

кишка́ тонка́

keesh-ká tan-ká

Phrase

not enough strength, abilities, means (to do something)

Examples

  • Да они́ никогда́ на тако́е не пойду́т, у них кишка́ тонка́!

    da a-née nee-kag-da na ta-kó-ye nye paî-dút, u neeh keesh-ká tan-ká

    They will never do anything like this, they don't have guts!

  • Он по́нял, что неправ, но призна́ться оказа́лась кишка́ тонка́.

    on pó-nyal chto nye praf, no preez-ná-tsa a-ka-zá-las' keesh-ká tan-ká

    He realized that he was wrong but didn't have guts to admit it.

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про запа́с [pro za-pás] Phrase
in store / reserve, for future use
па́дать ду́хом / упа́сть ду́хом [pá-dat' dú-ham / u-pást' dú-ham] Phrase
to despond, to lose courage / heart
вот оно́ как [vot a-nó kak] Phrase
expresses surprise or amazement (about just learned facts)

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