a little local difficulty

a little local difficulty
«Маленькая местная трудность». Наоборот, это — громадная проблема. Выражение стало популярным в 1958 г., когда британский премьер-министр Гарольд Макмиллан использовал его в Хитроу для того, чтобы сообщить об отставке нескольких приближённых министров накануне своей поездки по странам Британского Содружества. С тех пор в области политики выражение a little local difficulty обозначает какую-либо катастрофу, масштабы которой преуменьшаются.

We were all led to believe that Chernobyl was nothing more than a little local difficulty. — Нам всем внушали, что Чернобыль был не более чем незначительным происшествием местного значения.

English-Russian dictionary of expressions. 2014.

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