not to carry corn

not to carry corn
жарг.; редк.
не оправдать надежд; ≈ не в коня корм [первонач. диал. о лошадях]

All eyes were on you, waiting for you to "come a cropper". Her father didn't often use this phrase; he liked to say sucking his pipe in a very profound manner, that somebody or other "couldn't carry corn"... (J. B. Priestley, ‘Wonder Hero’, ch. IV) — Все только того и ждали, что вы "с треском провалитесь". Но отец редко так выражался. Покуривая трубку, он в таких случаях глубокомысленно изрекал: "Не в коня корм..."


Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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