Russian phrase of the day: Кишка тонка

Jan 29, 2018 (see all)
кишка́ тонка́
[ keesh-ká tan-ká ]
not enough strength, abilities, means (to do something)
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  • Да они́ никогда́ на тако́е не пойду́т, у них кишка́ тонка́!

    da a-née nee-kag-da na ta-kó-ye nye paî-dút, u neeh keesh-ká tan-ká

    They will never do anything like this, they don't have guts!

  • Он по́нял, что неправ, но призна́ться оказа́лась кишка́ тонка́.

    on pó-nyal chto nye praf, no preez-ná-tsa a-ka-zá-las' keesh-ká tan-ká

    He realized that he was wrong but didn't have guts to admit it.

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2 thoughts on “Кишка тонка

    • Learn Russian Words says:

      Hi Anita,

      Такое means “such”, so here it would be “such thing”.

      It’s common in Russian to use adjectives as nouns.

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