cast one's bread upon the waters

cast one's bread upon the waters
"отпускать хлеб по водам", т. е. делать добро, не ожидая благодарности [этим. библ. Ecclesiastes XI, 1]

In so far as the advice which you have given me is concerned, I beg you to consider it as bread cast upon the waters, and believe I can assure you that it will be returned a thousandfold. (E. S. Gardner, ‘The Case of the Stuttering Bishop’, ch. IV) — Что касается доброго совета, который вы дали мне, то разрешите вас заверить, что хотя вы и не ожидаете этого, но он окупится тысячекратно.


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

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  • cast one's bread upon the waters — To be generous or charitable without expecting any reward • • • Main Entry: ↑bread * * * I do good without expecting gratitude or reward Origin: with biblical allusion to Eccles. 11:1 II see bread …   Useful english dictionary

  • cast one's bread upon the waters — ► cast one s bread upon the waters do good without expecting gratitude or reward. [ORIGIN: with biblical allusion to the Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 11.] Main Entry: ↑bread …   English terms dictionary

  • cast one's bread upon the waters — do good without expecting gratitude or reward. [with biblical allusion to Eccles. 11:1.] → bread …   English new terms dictionary

  • bread — ► NOUN 1) food made of flour, water, and yeast mixed together and baked. 2) informal money. ● bread and butter Cf. ↑bread and butter ● bread and circuses Cf. ↑bread and circuses …   English terms dictionary

  • bread — [bred] n. [ME bred < OE bread, crumb, morsel < IE * bhreu , var. of * bhereu , to ferment < base * bher , well up, seethe > BREW, BURN1, L fervere, to boil] 1. a) a food baked from a leavened, kneaded dough made with flour or meal,… …   English World dictionary

  • bread — /brɛd / (say bred) noun 1. a food made of flour or meal, milk or water, etc., made into a dough or batter, with or without yeast or the like, and baked. 2. food or sustenance; livelihood: to earn one s bread. 3. Ecclesiastical the wafer or bread… …  

  • bread — breadless, adj. breadlessness, n. /bred/, n. 1. a kind of food made of flour or meal that has been mixed with milk or water, made into a dough or batter, with or without yeast or other leavening agent, and baked. 2. food or sustenance; livelihood …   Universalium

  • cast — v. & n. v. (past and past part. cast) 1 tr. throw, esp. deliberately or forcefully. 2 tr. (often foll. by on, over) a direct or cause to fall (one s eyes, a glance, light, a shadow, a spell, etc.). b express (doubts, aspersions, etc.). 3 tr.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bread — n. & v. n. 1 baked dough made of flour usu. leavened with yeast and moistened, eaten as a staple food. 2 a necessary food. b (also daily bread) one s livelihood. 3 sl. money. v.tr. coat with breadcrumbs for cooking. Phrases and idioms: bread and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bread — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. staff of life; white, rye, pumpernickel, sourdough, whole wheat, etc. bread; slang, money. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Grain product] Syn. loaf, baked goods, the staff of life. Types of bread include:… …   English dictionary for students

  • bread — noun 1》 food made of flour, water, and yeast mixed together and baked. 2》 informal money. Phrases bread and butter a person s livelihood or main source of income. bread and circuses entertainment or political policies intended to keep the masses… …   English new terms dictionary


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