Why Russians throw pearls to pigs
1. To get out of your skin
Giving it your best is not enough for Russians, so you should literally jump out of your skin to achieve your goals!
2. To eat a dog on this issue
You have always dreamed of becoming a qualified expert in a particular field, but haven’t yet made any considerable progress? Then you should try to eat a dog as Russians do (not actually true - we hope!).
3. A mountain has fallen off your shoulders
To experience tremendous relief - like a huge weight being lifted from your shoulders. Makes sense.
4. To lead by the nose
In case you want to fool somebody, just take them by the nose and lead the way. Gypsies at Russian fairs led animals - usually bears - using rings in their noses, forcing them to do tricks. Luckily, this doesn’t happen anymore.
5. Let us return to the sheep
This is a Canonical Russian appeal, asking people to get back to the point.
Surprisingly, this phrase was thrust into the Russian language from the anonymous French farce of 15th century “La Farce de Maître Pathelin.” In the story, a shepherd steals a few sheep from a tailor, who in turn sues the thief. In court, the two start arguing, so the judge says: “Can we return to the sheep?!”
6. To throw pearls in front of pigs
An extremely useless pastime.
This phrase comes from the Evangel and goes something like: “Do not give holy things to the dogs, and do not throw your pearls in front of the pigs, so that they do not trample them with their feet and, turning, do not tear you apart.”