a weak sister

a weak sister
амер.; разг.; пренебр.
1) человек, на которого нельзя положиться, ненадёжный человек; слабак; "баба"

My sister married Gerald Baldwin... I was opposed to the match with Gerald. He looked to me like a weak sister and a chaser. (E. S. Gardner, ‘Fools Die on Friday’, ch. 19) — Моя сестра вышла замуж за Джералда Болдуина... Я был против этого брака. Я считал его человеком ненадежным и порядочным бабником.

You're a weak sister, Johnnie, and I can't trust you any more... (E. O'Connor, ‘The Last Hurrah’, ch. X) — Ты баба, Джонни, я тебе больше не доверяю...

2) изнеженный, беспомощный, неприспособленный к жизни человек; кисейная барышня; маменькин сынок

...my Uncle Jimmy was always yelling at them, that he wasn't going to have any of his family grow up to be slobs or weak sisters. (E. O'Connor, ‘All in the Family’, ch. III) — ...мой дядя Джимми ругал своих сыновей и говорил им, что он не потерпит, чтобы у него в семье росли разгильдяи и маменькины сынки.

...he said, ‘You and your Administration are weak sisters... and many people in Texas and the Southwest think that you are riding Caroline's tricycle.’ (W. Man chester, ‘The Death of a President’, ‘Prologue’) — Обращаясь к президенту, Дили сказал: "Вы и ваше правительство - кисейные барышни... Вам бы на детских велосипедиках кататься".

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

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