a bridge of gold

a bridge of gold
уст.
(a bridge of gold (или of silver; тж. a gold, golden или silver bridge))
≈ путь к почётному отступлению; лёгкий, безболезненный путь к отступлению [этим. фр. faire un pont d'or à ses ennemis]

You may have heard a military proverb that it is a good thing to make a bridge of gold to a flying enemy. (R. L. Stevenson. ‘The Master of Ballantrae’, ch. IV) — Вы, должно быть, слышали военную пословицу: иногда есть смысл облегчить отступление побитому врагу.


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

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