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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(reluctant) fine, ok, all right
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as a matter of fact, in fact, actually, in reality
как ни крути́ [kak nee kru-tée] Phrase
anyway (lit. - no matter how you turn it)
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to give/render somebody his due, to pay tribute to

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