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в Тулу со своим самоваром

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The really happy man never laughs—seldom—though he may smile. He does not need to laugh, for laughter, like weeping is a relief of mental tension—and the happy are not over strung.
Prof. F. A. P. Aveling
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Etymology

The phrase derives from the fact that Tula is well known for samovars. The phrase was coined by Chekhov.

Idiom

в Тулу со своим самоваром (v Túlu so svoím samovárom)

  1. do something that is not needed (literally: [going] to Tula with your own samovar); see owls to Athens and coals to Newcastle
    • И колле́ги удивлённо пожима́ют плеча́ми: В Ту́лу со свои́м самова́ром? [1]
      • And the colleagues shrug their shoulders: to Tula with the samovar?

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