hide in a napkin

hide in a napkin
(hide (keep, lay up или wrap up) in a napkin)
не использовать, не пользоваться; ≈ держать под спудом [этим. библ. Luke XX, 7]

He never counted truth a treasure to be discreetly hidden in a napkin. (OED) — Он всегда стоял на том, что правду нельзя держать под спудом.

He's a lazy devil and keeps his talent in a napkin. With his ability and a little energy he could set the Thames on fire. (DEI) — Он лентяй и зарыл свой талант в землю. С его способностями ему бы немного энергии, и он бы творил чудеса.


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

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