This is the lesson of ‘Russian words’ series, where you can learn new interesting Russian words and practice your listening and reading skills with a free audio file and transcript.

Today’s word is “отделаться”. Learn what it means and see the examples.

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Description (описание):
[глагол сов.] отде́латься
[глагол несов.] отде́лываться

Meaning (значение): to get rid off, to throw off, to shake off, to escape

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Synonyms (синонимы):

[глагол сов.] изба́виться (to get rid)

Etymology (этимология):

от (prefix) + де́лать (to do) + ся (reflexive suffix)

Examples (примеры):

  1. Не могу́ отде́латься от впечатле́ния, что меня́ где-то обману́ли.
    I can not shake off the impression that I was cheated somewhere.
  2. Они́ отде́лались от назо́йливых попу́тчиков, совра́в, что е́дут в другу́ю сто́рону.
    They got rid of annoying fellow travelers by lying that they were going in another direction.
  3. Уча́стники ава́рии отде́лались лёгким испу́гом.
    Participants in the accident got off with light fright.
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