The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(from French cannetille), in Russian, a fine thread (usually gold or silver) used in embroidery. The word has taken on the figurative meaning of a protracted transaction involving lengthy delays and considerable effort. The expression tianuf kaniteT means to perform monotonous and unnecessary actions.

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