в Тулу со своим самоваром

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Literally, "(going) to Tula with your own samovar"; see owls to Athens and coals to Newcastle. The phrase derives from the fact that Tula is well known for samovars. The phrase was coined by Chekhov.


  • IPA(key): [ˈf‿tulʊ sə‿svɐˈim səmɐˈvarəm]


в Ту́лу со свои́м самова́ром (v Túlu so svoím samovárom)

  1. do something that is not needed
    • И колле́ги удивлённо пожима́ют плеча́ми: В Ту́лу со свои́м самова́ром? [1]
      • And the colleagues shrug their shoulders: to Tula with the samovar?

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