The Overcoat Glossary

The Overcoat Glossary

pasha

title held by high officials in countries under Turkish rule

kopek

kopeck, a coin in Russia, a 100th part of a ruble

taciturn

inclined to silence

snuff

powdered tabacco

groschen

German coin

Nevsky Prospekt

Nevsky Avenue, main street in St. Petersburg, Russia

ante-room

waiting room

samovar

a metal urn used to heat water for tea

Kalinkin bridge

bridge in St. Petersburg, Russia, that connects Kolomna and Pokrovsky islands

be in for it

be in a difficult situation

be on a friendly footing with smb

have close relationships with

bestow

reward

betake

resort to smth

curtail

diminish, reduce

far-fetched

contrived and unlikely

for one’s own gratification

to one's own pleasure

free papers

letter of enfranchisement

gaiters

leggings

galoshes

rubber shoes

gape

yawn

get along without

manage without

give heed

pay attention

glossy

shining

go to the dogs

shockingly degenerate

interspersed

absent-minded

make sport of

make fun of

name-day

birthday

reprimand

reproof

sanguine

a blood-red color

spirits

alcoholic drinks

tchinovnik

civil servant in Russia

timid

shy

toil

hard labour

wrong-headed

misguided

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