preen one's feathers

preen one's feathers
"чистить перышки", прихорашиваться, наводить красоту; распустить павлиний хвост

Thorneycroft's successor at the Treasury, Chancellor Amory, last week preened his feathers before a meeting of employers and union leaders because he said, ‘output last year rose by 9 per cent’. (‘Daily Worker’) — Эмери, преемник Торникрофта на посту министра финансов, распустил хвост как павлин на вчерашнем собрании предпринимателей и профсоюзных деятелей; он утверждал, что за прошлый год промышленное производство возросло на 9%...

She's very fond of her appearance, always preening her feathers. — Она много занимается своей внешностью, чистить перышки - ее любимое занятие.


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

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  • preen — prɪːn v. clean one s feathers (of birds); groom with the beak (of birds); make oneself beautiful; be proud, take pride in oneself …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Preen — Preen, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preening}.] [See {Preen}, n.; or cf. {Prune}.] 1. To dress with, or as with, a preen; to trim or dress with the beak, as the feathers; said of birds. Derham. [1913 Webster] 2. To trim up, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preen gland — ▪ bird anatomy also called  Uropygial, or Oil, Gland,         in birds, an organ located on the back near the base of the tail. Paired or in two united halves, it is found in most birds. Absent in ostrich, emu, cassowary, bustard, frogmouth, and… …   Universalium

  • preen — /prin / (say preen) verb (t) 1. to trim or dress with the beak, as a bird does its feathers. 2. to prepare, dress, or array (oneself) carefully in making one s toilet. 3. to pride (oneself) on an achievement, etc. {probably variant of obsolete… …  

  • preen — v.tr. & refl. 1 (of a bird) tidy (the feathers or itself) with its beak. 2 (of a person) smarten or admire (oneself, one s hair, clothes, etc.). 3 (often foll. by on) congratulate or pride (oneself). Phrases and idioms: preen gland a gland… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cockatoo — For other uses, see Cockatoo (disambiguation). Cockatoo …   Wikipedia

  • plumed — adj. plumose, covered with feathers; resembling a feather; plumy, made of feathers; decorated with feathers pluːm n. feather, group of feathers; large body of vapor or fluid that expands upwards and/or outward (i.e. a plume of smoke rising from… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • plume — pluːm n. feather, group of feathers; large body of vapor or fluid that expands upwards and/or outward (i.e. a plume of smoke rising from a fire) v. decorate with feathers; clean one s feathers, preen (about birds); cover with feathers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • plumes — pluːm n. feather, group of feathers; large body of vapor or fluid that expands upwards and/or outward (i.e. a plume of smoke rising from a fire) v. decorate with feathers; clean one s feathers, preen (about birds); cover with feathers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pluming — pluːm n. feather, group of feathers; large body of vapor or fluid that expands upwards and/or outward (i.e. a plume of smoke rising from a fire) v. decorate with feathers; clean one s feathers, preen (about birds); cover with feathers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • plume — 1. noun /ˈpluːm/ a) A feather of a bird, especially a large or showy one. b) The rearmost appendage of certain dog breeds that stand erect or curl over their backs (eg Samoyed, Malteagle) 2. verb /ˈpluːm/ a) To …   Wiktionary


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