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    One word - плечу

    I got the following from a song by Viagra.

    Тебе и небо по плечу
    You and heaven . . .

    What does "по плечу" mean?

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    Какая разница, умереть богатым или бедным?

    Какой толк от богатства если ты не счастлив.

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    "по плечу (кому-либо)" (up to smb's shoulder) is an idiom and it means something like "it's reachable" or "it's possible".
    Quote Originally Posted by kwatts59
    Тебе и небо по плечу
    You and heaven . . .
    The heaven (maybe "sky") is reachable for you.
    Gib immer 100% bei der Arbeit: 12% am Montag, 23% am Dienstag, 40% am Mittwoch, 20% am Donnerstag, 5% am Freitag ...

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    I remember a cartoon where a boastful frog sang:
    А мне любое море по колено!
    А мне любое дело по плечу!

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    AFAIK it was "любые горы по плечу"
    "Happy new year, happy new year
    May we all have a vision now and then
    Of a world where every neighbour is a friend"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friendy
    AFAIK it was "любые горы по плечу"
    любые горы по плечo. Not higher than a sholder.

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    Milanya, Haven't we met somewhere else ???

    I just got three million hits on любые горы по плечo vs. a couple hundred on плечу, so it's obvious that по plus accusative is correcter!!

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    Некоторые примеры переводов фраз, в которых употребляется выражение "по плечу":
    всякому по плечу - anybody will do
    такая работа мне не по плечу - I can't manage this work
    это по плечу только мужчине - it is a man-sized job

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    I guess it's sort of like the english phrase "Reach for the sky" Meaning the same thing like "ts possible, or, try your heardest u can do whatever you want".
    Вот это да, я так люблю себя. И сегодня я люблю себя, ещё больше чем вчера, а завтра я буду любить себя to ещё больше чем сегодня. Тем что происходит,я вполне доволен!

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    There is one more similar idiom:
    море по колено
    Which means basically the same but with some negative shade

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    There's also a saying "пьяному море по колено".
    "Happy new year, happy new year
    May we all have a vision now and then
    Of a world where every neighbour is a friend"

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaika
    Milanya, Haven't we met somewhere else ???

    I just got three million hits on любые горы по плечo vs. a couple hundred on плечу, so it's obvious that по plus accusative is correcter!!
    Indeed, we have.

    любые горы по плечo and по плечу are both correct, but have different meanings.
    Former means not higher than a sholder (piece of cake), latter, as it was mentioned previously, means it is doable, but not necessarily easy.
    (мне это по плечу - I can handle this)

    In this case it is по плечo, just because I saw this cartoon and remember this part. This frog bragged that he was so big and strong that seas were no deeper than up to his knees and mountains were no higher than his sholder.

    BTW море по колено means that the person in question is reckless, foolhardy and does not care.
    пьяному море по колено means that drunk person is reckless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milanya
    ...BTW море по колено means that the person in question is reckless, foolhardy and does not care.
    пьяному море по колено means that drunk person is reckless.
    Not necessarily only reckless or foolhardy.

    It can also mean something like "brave [to recklessness]":

    http://www.mk.ru/numbers/1264/article38398.htm

    http://dob.1september.ru/2001/09/11.htm - ничто не страшно

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    [quote="DenisM"]

    Not necessarily only reckless or foolhardy.

    It can also mean something like "brave [to recklessness]":


    «Море по колено» – так говорят о человеке безрассудно смелом, бесстрашном, –(from one of the sites that you quoted). Here безрассудно is a key word.
    Really brave people always calculate the risk involved.

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    Ок, согласен, не буду спорить

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friendy
    There's also a saying "пьяному море по колено".
    Actually I can't remember when I heard another using of "море по колено". I think other uses are not very common or maybe are kinda old-fashioned.

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