Russian phrase of the day: Откуда ни возьмись

Feb 02, 2019

отку́да ни возьми́сь

at-kú-da nee vaz-mées'

Phrase

out of the blue, out of nowhere, out of thin air

Examples

  • Внеза́пно, отку́да ни возьми́сь, появи́лись дво́е незнако́мцев.

    vnye-záp-na, ot-kú-da nee vaz-mées', pa-ya-vée-lées' dvó-ye nee-zná-kóm-tsef

    Suddenly, out of nowhere, two strangers appeared.

  • Вдруг, отку́да ни возьми́сь, на́чался си́льный ли́вень.

    vdruk, at-kú-da nee vaz-mées', na-cheel-syá séel'-nyî lée-vyen'

    Suddenly, out of the blue, a heavy downpour began.

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