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a stickler for detail word-processing. • Mr Thomas is a stick-in-the-mud who plows with mules; he won't buy a tractor. a stickler for detail д о т о ш н ы й человек; педант; буквоед • Miss Clark, the new administrator, soon became known as a real stickler for detail. a stone's throw рукой подать; в двух шагах • The beach is only a stone's throw from the hotel. • They live only a stone's throw away from here. a stooge марионетка • At the conference, it was claimed that the presidents of several countries in Central America were stooges of the USA. a stool pigeon/stool-pigeon (Am fig) подсадная утка • The police received information about the planned robbery from a stoolpigeon. a storm in a teacup буря в с т а к а н е воды • We thought that they had decided not to get married but their quarrel was just a storm in a teacup. a stuffed shirt спесивый/чопорный/самодо вольный человек • I knew he was a banker and expensively educated so I was expecting him to be a stuffed shirt. • He thinks that just because he's rich he's cleverer than everyone else. He's nothing but a stuffed shirt. 24 a stumbling block камень преткновения (спорный/ трудный вопрос) • The scheme would be excellent, but its cost is the main stumbling block. a sugar-daddy (facet sl) спонсор; богатый покровитель (обычно пожилой) • Betty Morgan got a mink coat from her sugar-daddy. a sweeping statement голословное утверждение • Aren't you making a rather sweep¬ ing statement when you claim that private doctors use the same methods as calculating business¬ men? a sweet tooth сладкоежка • My friend has a sweet tooth, so I always give her chocolates. a swiz(z)/swizzle облом (большое разочарова¬ ние); обман; мошенничество • What a swiz! They've cancelled the concert I was going to tonight. • Unfortunately, some charity col¬ lectors are really operating a swizzle. a sword of Damocles (lit) дамоклов меч • The newspaper reported that the army was very dis¬ content and that this was a sword of Damocles hanging over the government. a tell-tale ябеда • Bullying often goes unreported because children don't want to be seen as tell-tales.