Russian idioms

Dictionary of Russian Idioms

While living in Russia, I collected a small library of Russian language references, dictionaries, encyclopedias, cookbooks, and novels. One of my favorite books is the Школьный Фразеологический Словарь Русского Языка.

And some of my favorite idioms include:

  • За уши не оттянешь
  • Все идёт как по маслу
  • Без бумажки, ты букашка

What’s your favorite Russian idiom? How would you render it in English? What’s your favorite English idiom? How would you render it in Russian?