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set the Thames on fire

  • 1 set the Thames on fire

    изобрести/выдумать порох; хватать звезды с неба

    Her teacher seemed quite pleased with her and said that she was working well, but he doubted if she would ever set the Thames on fire.

    Англо-русский словарь идиом и фразовых глаголов > set the Thames on fire

  • 2 set the Thames on fire

    шутл.
    сделать что-л. необычное, из ряда вон выходящее; ≈ достать луну с неба (обыкн. употр. в отрицательных предложениях)

    With Higgins's physique and temperament Sweet might have set the Thames on fire. (B. Shaw, ‘Pygmalion’, ‘Preface’) — Будь у Суита здоровье и темперамент Хиггинса, он бы сделал в науке не одно выдающееся открытие.

    His second novel was successful, but not so successful as to arouse the umbrageous susceptibilities of his competitors. In fact it confirmed them in their suspicions that he would never set the Thames on fire. (W. S. Maugham, ‘Cakes and Ale’, ch. I) — Второй роман Роя имел успех. Но успех был не такой большой и не задел за живое его конкурентов. Этот роман даже укрепил их мнение о Рое, что он звезд с неба не хватает.

    ‘We all go,’ said his uncle. ‘We make one big party. We all go to London to set the Thames on fire.’ (D. du Maurier, ‘The Breaking Point’, ‘Ganymede’) — - Мы все поедем, - сказал дядя Ганимеда. - Составим большую компанию и отправимся в Лондон. Кутнем так, что чертям тошно станет.

    ‘I'll authorize the experiment,’ Nick said... ‘My God, Nick, what are you doing? Harrison's experiment will never set the world on fire.’ (M. Wilson, ‘Meeting at a Far Meridian’, ch. I) — - Я разрешаю эксперимент, - сказал Ник... - Что вы делаете, Ник? Этот эксперимент уж никак не потрясет мир.

    Large English-Russian phrasebook > set the Thames on fire

  • 3 set the thames on fire

       шутл.
       cдeлaть чтo-л. нeoбычнoe, из pядa вoн выxoдящee; дocтaть луну c нeбa (oбыкн. упoтp. в oтpицaтeльныx пpeдлoжeнияx; cp. oн звёзд c нeбa нe xвaтaeт, пopoxa или пopoxу нe выдумaeт)
        With Higglns's physique and temperament Sweet might have set the Thames on fire (G. B. Shaw). Harrison's experiment will never set the world on fire (M. Wilson). Quayle has not set the world on fire, but he has done his job (Time)

    Concise English-Russian phrasebook > set the thames on fire

  • 4 set the Thames on fire

    Универсальный англо-русский словарь > set the Thames on fire

  • 5 Set the Thames on fire

    Сотворить чудо. Сделать что-либо невозможное, из ряда вон выходящее

    Difficulties of the English language (lexical reference) English-Russian dictionary > Set the Thames on fire

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