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a figure of speech used for emotional and expressive evaluations. For example, the Russian saying nadoel kak gor’kaia red’ka, “gets to one like a bitter radish,” is an expression of vexation, the equivalent of “to get sick and tired of something.” In contrast to a proverb, which is a complete thought, a saying is always given only in part.


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