for a song


for a song
За бесценок, за гроши, по дешёвке. Песня (song), давшая жизнь этому выражению, представляла из себя длинную поэму 'The Faerie Queen', преподнесённую королеве Елизавете I Эдмундом Спенсером (ок. 1552—99). Несмотря на то что эта поэма стала самым известным и популярным произведением Спенсера, она не произвела должного впечатления на лорда Бёрли (Burleigh), главного казначея. Узнав, что королева предложила заплатить Спенсеру сто фунтов за поэму, он воспротивился, воскликнув: «Что?! Всё это за одну песню?». Деньги всё же были выданы по настоянию королевы, но выражение, созданное лордом Бёрли и означавшее, что большие деньги были заплачены за совершенный пустяк, продолжает жить с тех самых пор.

Lisa bought a winter dress in the summer for a song. — Летом Лиза купила зимнюю одежду за бесценок.


English-Russian dictionary of expressions. 2014.

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  • for a song — {adv. phr.}, {informal} At a low price; for a bargain price; cheaply. * /He sold the invention for a song and its buyers were the ones who got rich./ * /They bought the house for a song and sold it a few years later at a good profit./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for a song — {adv. phr.}, {informal} At a low price; for a bargain price; cheaply. * /He sold the invention for a song and its buyers were the ones who got rich./ * /They bought the house for a song and sold it a few years later at a good profit./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • for a song — If you buy or sell something for a song, it is very cheap …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • for a song — ► for a song informal very cheaply. Main Entry: ↑song …   English terms dictionary

  • for a song — for a little money, for a low price    Look at this sweater. I got it for a song at a second hand store …   English idioms

  • for a song — for very little money He was able to buy his new car for a song …   Idioms and examples

  • for a song — adverb for a relatively small amount of money we bought the house for a song • Syn: ↑for a bargain price, ↑at a low price * * * for a song informal phrase at a very cheap price Thesaurus: cheap and inexpensive …   Useful english dictionary

  • for\ a\ song — adv. phr. informal At a low price; for a bargain price; cheaply. He sold the invention for a song and its buyers were the ones who got rich. They bought the house for a song and sold it a few years later at a good profit …   Словарь американских идиом

  • for a song — adverb Almost free. Very cheap I had to buy it there and then. They were selling it for a song …   Wiktionary

  • for a song —    If you buy or sell something for a song, it is very cheap.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • for a song — very cheaply. Land in the territory could be bought for a song in those days …   New idioms dictionary

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