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To know the measure

  • 1 чай пить - не дрова рубить

    погов., шутл.
    lit. drinking tea isn't chopping wood (i.e. not hard labour) (a jocular reply to smb.'s invitation to have a cup of tea)

    - Давай пить чай с брусничным вареньем, - глуховатым голосом сказал Лихачёв. - Что ж, чай пить не дрова рубить, - говаривали в старину, - усмехнулся Ваня. (Г. Марков, Сибирь) — 'Let's have some tea with cowberry jam,' said Likhachov in his rough voice. 'With pleasure,' said Ivan and gave a chuckle. 'You know the old saying? Drinking tea with pleasure isn't working without measure.'

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