12 Most Popular Russian Expressions

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There are many common expressions in Russian language. It is important to know these terms, because we often use them in everyday speech.

In this article, we will show you a list of the most popular fixed expressions of Russian language. You can learn and use them in conversations with your friends.


1.Вернемся к нашим баранам – Vernemsya k nashim baranam – Let’s return to our muttons

Meaning: A call to the speaker not to be distracted from the main theme; a statement of the fact that his distraction from the topic of conversation is over

Однако, давайте вернемся к нашим баранам = However, let’s go back to our muttons.

2. Гол как сокол – Gol kak sokol – Dog-poor

Meaning: Very poor, poor

Кто мне доброе слово молвит? Ведь я кругом сирота. Гол как сокол. Who will tell me a kind word? After all, I’m full-fledged orphan. Dog-poor.

3. Голая правда – Golaya Pravda – Naked truth

Meaning:  Truth as it is, without beating about the bush.

Вот таково положение дел, голая правда без прикрас. = That is the state of affairs as it is, the naked truth without embellishment.

4.Дело в шляпе – Delo v shlyape – In the bag

Meaning:  All right, all successfully finished.

Ну все, теперь можно спать спокойно: дело в шляпе. = All right, now you can sleep peacefully: the trick is done.

5.Волосы дыбом – Volosy dybom – Hair-raising

Meaning:  very very scared.

Его охватил ужас: глаза выкатились, волосы дыбом. = He was terrified: eyes popping out, hair-raising.

6.Лезть на рожон

Lezt’ na rozhon – (climb on the rampage!) Look for trouble

Meaning: Take anything risky, asking for trouble, do something dangerous

Обещал быть осторожным, а сам нарочно лезешь на рожон! You promised to be careful, but now deliberately climb on the rampage!

7.Медвежья услуга – Medvezh’ya usluga – Disservice

Meaning: Unsolicited assistance service that does more harm than good.

Беспрестанные похвалы из ваших уст – настоящая медвежья услуга. – Constant praise from your mouth – a real disservice.

8.Подложить свинью – Podlozhit’ svin’yu  – To lay the pig

Meaning:  Secretly make something nasty, do mischief.

У него был мерзкий характер: подложил свинью и доволен! = He has a vile character: he placed a pig and satisfied!

9.Тертый калач – Tertyy kalach – old file

Meaning: a highly experienced person.

Как тертый калач, могу дать вам дельный совет. = As an old file, I can give you good advice.

10.Точить лясы  – Tochit’ lyasy – to speak too much

Meaning: Jabberwocky, engage in useless chatter, gossip.

Что сидишь без дела да лясы точишь? = Why are you sitting idle and chatting?

11.Ударить в грязь лицом – Udarit’ v gryaz’ litsom  – To lose face

Meaning: Blundered, disgrace.

Ты уж не подведи, не ударь в грязь лицом перед гостями. = You better not let me down, do not lose face in front of guests.

12. Филькина грамота – Fil’kina gramota – useless scrap of paper

Meaning: The ignorant, illiterate compiled document.

Что это за филькина грамота? =What is this useless scrap of paper?

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