the lock on this thing

Russian translation: ручной тормоз

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English term or phrase:parking break
Russian translation:ручной тормоз
Entered by: Kate Humphrey

04:08 Dec 27, 2000
English to Russian translations [PRO]
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English term or phrase: the lock on this thing
Iґm afraid I donґt quite get the meaning :-( Could anybody explain me what the lock could mean in the following context:

Barry is parking his Panda and having a not-so-pleasant conversation with his wife:

I said, she repeated, blot-kissing her own mouth, you always say that when you are parking.
Yes, well. Itґs the LOCK on this thing. Like a tank.

Thanks in advance.
Grevillea
Local time: 20:12
ruchnoi tormoz - parking brake
Explanation:
I think he is talking about parking using a standard transmission and the lock is on the "ruchnoi tormoz" (parking brake) that you are supposed to use when you park. Sometimes they are very stubborn and it is hard to use them. I have done it a couple of times. Thank God I have automatic transmission on my car now.
Kate.
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Kate Humphrey
Local time: 20:12
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Summary of answers provided
naА ручник здесь слишком надежный. Как на танке.
artyan
naИ правда, в панде пульт управления, как в танке.
Natalie
naruchnoi tormoz - parking brake
Kate Humphrey
naВ том-то и загвоздка
Vladislav Madan


  

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33 mins
В том-то и загвоздка


Explanation:
I think the phrase means 'That's what's wrong'. It's not a door lock or anything of the sort. The conversation is not pleasant, so his wife has started her usual boring talk on an ever-bothering thing he is used to. Anyway, the context is not enough. I would rather have a bit of their relationship history and what they have been talking or doing up to the moment of the conversation, before I could tell exactly what it means.
I am glad if it helped.


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Vladislav Madan
Local time: 02:12
Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian
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1 hr
ruchnoi tormoz - parking brake


Explanation:
I think he is talking about parking using a standard transmission and the lock is on the "ruchnoi tormoz" (parking brake) that you are supposed to use when you park. Sometimes they are very stubborn and it is hard to use them. I have done it a couple of times. Thank God I have automatic transmission on my car now.
Kate.

Kate Humphrey
Local time: 20:12
Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian
PRO pts in pair: 21
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Thanks.

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Guzel Nabatova-Barrett

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1 hr
И правда, в панде пульт управления, как в танке.


Explanation:
Panda car is chiefly British for a police cruiser. ETYMOLOGY: From a similarity of color tone distribution.
(The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.2000.)
The lock has also a meaning "the mechanism for exploding the charge or cartridge of a firearm, т.е. пульт управления, как в танке (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary).
Summing up: И правда, здесь пульт управления, как в танке.
(Судя по всему, из-за этого у Барри были трудности с парковкой.)

Natalie
Poland
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16 hrs
А ручник здесь слишком надежный. Как на танке.


Explanation:
А ручник здесь слишком надежный. Как на танке.

A ruchnik zdes' slishkom nadezhniy. Kak na tanke.

Clearly, Barry's phrase is about the parking brake ('ruchnoy tormoz') on a car with stick transmission.


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artyan
United States
Local time: 17:12
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