пришла беда — отворяй ворота

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Russian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "when trouble comes, open the gate".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [prʲɪʂˈla bʲɪˈda | ɐtvɐˈrʲæj vərɐˈta]

Proverb[edit]

пришла́ беда́ отворя́й ворота́ (prišlá bedá — otvorjáj vorotá)

  1. when it rains, it pours

Usage notes[edit]

  • The accent ворота́ is non-standard but used here for rhyming. The standard stress is on the 2nd syllable - воро́та (voróta).