chestnut, old chestnut


chestnut, old chestnut
Избитая шутка, старый анекдот. Это выражение пришло в Америку в прошлом веке из пьесы 'The Broken Sword' («Сломанная шпага»). Один из её героев повторяет одни и те же шутки, в том числе анекдот о пробковом дереве, которое он неправильно называет каштаном (chestnut). Друг поправляет его: «Это не каштан. Я слышал этот анекдот двадцать семь раз и уверен, что это не каштан».

There are a lot of jokes about X. Some are new, but most are old chestnuts. — Существует множество шуток об Икс. Некоторые из них новые, но большинство — старые.


English-Russian dictionary of expressions. 2014.

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