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a rat fink tion mark hangs over the future of the whole project. a rat fink (Am inf) стукач • If I find the rat fink who informed on me, he won't live long enough to do it again. a rat race крысиные бега; сумасшедшая гонка • I'm looking forward to retirement. At last I'll be out of the rat race. a ready wit/tongue за словом в карман не лезть; острый на язык • I've always en¬ vied people with a ready wit who al¬ ways know just what to say and when. a (real) bargain дешевка; даром; дешево и сердито (удачная покупка) • What did you pay for this picture? - It was a real bargain! • He couldn't resist a bargain. a red herring отвлекающий маневр • This is a total political red herring and an attempt to divert from the main is¬ sues in the campaign. • Talking about the new plant is a red herring to keep us from learning about downsizing plans. a red-letter day памятный день • The day I won a prize on the football pools was a real red-letter day. a rip-off (sl) обдираловка • Did you hear how 20 much the garage charged Ben for his car repairs? It was a rip-off! a road hog лихач (опасный водитель) • I'm surprised he hasn't crashed his car he's a thorough road hog. a rough house/roughhouse (Am inf) потасовка; скандал; свалка • I'm sure a referee is within his right to stop a game if he sees it degen¬ erating into a roughhouse. a rubber stamp пешка (незначительная фигура) • The employer used his secretary as a rubber stamp and never listened to any of her own sug¬ gestions. • The committee is just a rubber stamp for the president's policies. a rubberneck (sl) зевака • In London in summer you can't go anywhere without bump ing into a crowd of rubbernecks. a rule of thumb неписаное правило; на глазок; метод «тыка» (приблизительный расчет) • As a rule of thumb, the bigger the company, the easier it is to buy and sell. • A good rule of thumb is to cook two handfuls of rice per person. • I usually work by rule of thumb. a safe pair of hands надежные руки • He's what this troubled club needs, a good, solid manager, a safe pair of hands.