разводить руками

English translation: They were walking from the road, coming to see him, ..

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10:04 Jan 3, 2003
Russian to English translations [PRO]
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Russian term or phrase: разводить руками
Я уже задавал подобный вопрос, но сейчас иной контекст:

"Они ему с улицы машут, чтобы шел к ним, а он только руками разводит да головой мотает: мол, нельзя ему".

В общем, ситуация следующая: мальчик сидит дома и смотрит в окно на играющих детей, а присоединиться к ним не может - наказан, под "домашним арестом".

Буду очень благодарен за варианты перевода всего предложения.
Andrew Vdovin
Local time: 10:35
English translation:They were walking from the road, coming to see him, ..
Explanation:
... but he simply shook his head and shrugged his shoulders, saying/mouthing "I can't come out".

Not sure I've got all the nuances here!
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David Knowles
Local time: 04:35
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3 +2They were walking from the road, coming to see him, ..
David Knowles
4 +1spreads his hands apart
Deborah Hoffman
4"threw up his hands"
Emil Tubinshlak
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zmejka


  

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They were walking from the road, coming to see him, ..


Explanation:
... but he simply shook his head and shrugged his shoulders, saying/mouthing "I can't come out".

Not sure I've got all the nuances here!

David Knowles
Local time: 04:35
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agree  Jack Doughty: I would say "waved them away" rather than "shrugged his shoulders", as it's arms we are talking about here. Otherwise, fine.
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agree  alla dunbar
1 hr

agree  Yelena.: with Jack
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disagree  Dennis Oskolkov: Its wrong- sounds like a scientific paper, while the original sentence is from fiction
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7 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
"threw up his hands"


Explanation:
They wave to him to come join them, but he just throws up his hands and shakes his head, as if to say "I can't".

Emil Tubinshlak
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Explanation:
they stood under the window waving for him to join them, but he only shrugged and shook his head sadly, meaning to say he can't come.

zmejka
Local time: 06:35
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3 days 13 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
spreads his hands apart


Explanation:
A gesture I have seen more Russians make than Americans or British, but it still conveys the sense of helplesness. Shrugging the shoulders is I think a slightly different movement, as is throwing up the hands.

i.e.,
"Tony spread his hands apart in a gesture of helplessness"
http://www.guidemagazine.org/index.asp?section=54&chapter=8

Or perhaps:
"He spread his hands apart in a shrug"
http://www.missmonica.org/ask020318.html

Deborah Hoffman
Local time: 23:35
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 399

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agree  Natalia Olshanskaya Robinson
3 days 6 hrs
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