to carry too much canvas


to carry too much canvas
Когда плывущий корабль в ветреную погоду поднимает больше парусов, чем положено, говорят, что корабль is carrying too much canvas (несёт слишком много парусины). Эта фраза перешла в разговорный язык и означает какое-либо предприятие или начинание, которое не обеспечено достаточной финансовой поддержкой.

I can understand why he wants to open one shop, but I think he is being too ambitious in opening three. He'll be carrying far too much canvas. — Мне понятно его желание открыть один магазин, но думаю, что он слишком амбициозен, открывая три. Это явно превосходит его возможности.


English-Russian dictionary of expressions. 2014.

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