happy hunting ground

happy hunting ground
амер.
(happy hunting ground(s) (или hunting-ground(s))
1) небеса, рай; счастливая загробная жизнь [первонач. в представлении американских индейцев]

I have read of old Indian warriors taking their horses and dogs with them to the happy hunting-grounds. (J. Galsworthy, ‘Caravan’, ‘A Knight’) — я читал о том, что в старину вместе с индейскими воинами клали в могилу их лошадей и собак.

The passengers and even the chickens got seasick. On the evening of the first day out one of the sick chickens gave up the ghost and passed on to the happy hunting ground of barnyard fowl. (W. Foster, ‘Pages from a Worker's Life’, ch. II) — Пассажиры и даже цыплята заболели морской болезнью. Вечером первого дня путешествия один из цыплят отдал богу душу и отправился в ту часть рая, которая предназначена для домашней птицы.

2) раздолье, сущий рай; ≈ золотое дно (тж. a hunting ground)

...the frontier was a happy hunting ground for smugglers. (Gr. Greene, ‘The Comedians’, part III, ch. IV) — ...контрабандистам в пограничной полосе было раздолье.

Latin America for years has been the hunting ground for the big money sharks of U. S. imperialism. (‘Daily Worker’) — Латинская Америка в течение многих лет была сущим раем для финансовых акул американского империализма.


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

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