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you cannot swing a cat

  • 1 you cannot swing a cat

    (you cannot swing a cat (here, there, etc.))
    очень тесно, повернуться негде [происходит от выражения not room enough или no room to swing a cat; см. no room to swing a cat]

    ‘Where are you going?’ ‘To a horrid little house... One of Mould's brick bungalows with no view, no garden, and only four rooms, all so small you couldn't swing a cat in them.’ (A. J. Cronin, ‘A Thing of Beauty’, part 5, ch. III) — - Куда же вы переезжаете? - В ужасный маленький домишко... Один из тех, что выстроил Моулд, - ни вида из окон, ни сада, всего четыре комнаты, и те такие крошечные, что негде повернуться.

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