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X is the exact (the very) opposite of Y

  • 1 Н-51

    КАК НЁБО ОТ ЗЕМЛИ отличаться coll (как + NP Invar adv fixed WO
    (to differ) very much, sharply
    X отличается от Y-a как небо от земли = X and Y are as different as heaven and earth (as night and day)
    X is the exact (the very) opposite of Y X is poles apart from Y X and Y are poles (worlds) apart.
    "Я не понимаю, отец, как с добрейшей душой, какая у тебя, и таким редким сердцем ты будешь принимать человека, который как небо от земли от тебя, о котором сам знаешь, что он дурён» (Гоголь 3). "I can't understand, father, how a man with a heart of gold like yours, a man as kind as you, can go on receiving a man who's the very opposite of you and who you know yourself is a bad character" (За). "I don't understand, father, that a man with a heart of gold like yours can go on receiving a person who is poles apart from you and whom you yourself know to be a bad character" (3d).

    Большой русско-английский фразеологический словарь > Н-51

  • 2 как небо от земли

    [ как + NP; Invar; adv; fixed WO]
    =====
    (to differ) very much, sharply:
    - X отличается от Y-а как небо от земли X and Y are as different as heaven and earth (as night and day);
    - X and Y are poles (worlds) apart.
         ♦ "Я не понимаю, отец, как с добрейшей душой, какая у тебя, и таким редким сердцем ты будешь принимать человека, который как небо от земли от тебя, о котором сам знаешь, что он дурён" (Гоголь 3). "I can't understand, father, how a man with a heart of gold like yours, a man as kind as you, can go on receiving a man who's the very opposite of you and who you know yourself is a bad character" (За). "I don't understand, father, that a man with a heart of gold like yours can go on receiving a person who is poles apart from you and whom you yourself know to be a bad character" (3d).

    Большой русско-английский фразеологический словарь > как небо от земли

  • 3 К-334

    КОТ НАПЛАКАЛ кого-чего coll Invar quantit subj-compl with copula ( subj / gen
    any common noun)
    fixed WO
    very little, very few
    practically (almost) no...(at all)
    practically none (nothing) no...to speak of next to no... hardly any... precious little.
    ...В ГУМе (Государственном универсальном магазине) людей до чёрта, а товаров кот наплакал, а здесь всё совершенно наоборот... (Войнович 1)....GUM is packed with people and there are no goods to speak of, in our store it's the exact opposite (1a).
    «Когда ты этого дурноеда сбудешь с рук?.. У самих хлеба осталось - кот наплакал, а ты его, чёрта горбатого, содержишь, кормишь каждый день» (Шолохов 5). "When will you get rid of this sponger0...We've got precious little grain left for ourselves, and you keep that hunchbacked devil here, feeding him every day" (5a).

    Большой русско-английский фразеологический словарь > К-334

  • 4 кот наплакал

    [Invar; quantit subj-compl with copula (subj/ gen: any common noun); fixed WO]
    =====
    very little, very few:
    - practically (almost) no...(at all);
    - no...to speak of;
    - next to no...;
    - hardly any...;
    - precious little.
         ♦...В ГУМе [Государственном универсальном магазине] людей до чёрта, а товаров кот наплакал, а здесь всё совершенно наоборот... (Войнович 1)....GUM is packed with people and there are no goods to speak of, in our store it's the exact opposite (1a).
         ♦ "Когда ты этого дурноеда сбудешь с рук?.. У самих хлеба осталось - кот наплакал, а ты его, чёрта горбатого, содержишь, кормишь каждый день" (Шолохов 5). "When will you get rid of this sponger?...We've got precious little grain left for ourselves, and you keep that hunchbacked devil here, feeding him every day" (5a).

    Большой русско-английский фразеологический словарь > кот наплакал

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