Спустя рукава

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Description (описание): спустя́ рукава́

Meaning (значение):

to do something carelessly, in a slipshod manner (lit. – with pulled down sleeves)

Related expressions (связанные выражения):

небре́жно (carelessly),
хала́тно (negligently, carelessly),
в полноги&#769 (negligently, carelessly)

Examples (примеры):

  1. Рабо́та оставля́ет впечатле́ние, что её де́лали спустя́ рукава́.
    The work leaves the impression that it was made carelessly.
  2. Его́ давно́ пора́ уво́лить: всё, что ему́ ни дове́ришь, он де́лает спустя́ рукава́.
    It’s high time to dismiss him: all that he was entrusted with he made in a slipshod manner.
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