“Found a scythe on a stone”: the meaning of phraseology

How to understand the phrase: "Found a scythe on a stone" - about this in our article.

The Russian language is rich not only in the number of words, phrases and complex grammar, but also in the presence of a huge number of figurative comparisons. Unlike proverbs and sayings that carry a certain message or life experience of people, phraseological units are stable phrases designed to accurately and comprehensively describe a certain situation.

Why use phraseological units?

Daily communication between people is aimed not only at the transfer of information, but also the exchange of their thoughts, feelings, experiences.

  • The use of phraseological units in speech allows you to convey your mood in a few words, share emotions, express an attitude to a particular situation.
  • The introduction into speech of stable phrases for expressing a certain thought is present in all manifestations of speech culture, as well as in the artistic and journalistic style of writing.
  • Phraseologisms exist in a stable grammatical form - each member of the phrase stands in a certain place and is not subject to any change. Only in this form can the meaning of what has been said be understood by native speakers.
Found a scythe on a stone

"Found a scythe on a stone" - what does the phrase mean in our time?

In fiction and everyday conversation one can often hear the expression - "Found a scythe on a stone."

Scythe is an agricultural tool in the form of a sharp curved metal cutter on a long wooden handle, which in ancient times was used to mow cereals or grass. Often during operation, the braid rests against a stone lying in tall grass. A small pebble will fly off to the side, while a large pebble will become an obstacle, stall work and can break the tool.

On the basis of such a figurative comparison of the collision of metal and stone, the concept appeared "found a scythe on a stone".

This phraseologism is used to reflect the confrontation that has arisen - a conflict, when the irreconcilable interests of the parties intersect in a verbal discussion or some kind of action, people equally stubborn in their beliefs who do not want to reach an understanding, compromise or give primacy.

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"Found a scythe on a stone" - synonyms in Russian

In native speech, there are similar in meaning, but less common expressions:

  • "Horseshoe jumped over a cobblestone"
  • "A sharp ax flew over a strong bough"
  • "Dodged a crook"

"Found a scythe on a stone" - foreign analogues

In the folklore of many nations, one can also find such a stable combination of words, indicating a fierce clash of people - their views, aspirations, actions:

  • "Novacula in cotem incidit" - "The razor jumped on the donkey" (Lat.)
  • "Auf einem groben Klotz gehört ein grober Keil" - "There is a thick wedge on a thick block" (German)
  • "Diamond cut diamond" - "Diamond is cut with a diamond" (Eng.)

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