pull one's chestnuts out of the fire


pull one's chestnuts out of the fire
To do someone else a great favor which they don't really deserve, doing oneself a disfavor in the process. * /Small countries often have to pull the chestnuts out of the fire for their more powerful neighbors./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • pull one's chestnuts out of the fire — To do someone else a great favor which they don t really deserve, doing oneself a disfavor in the process. * /Small countries often have to pull the chestnuts out of the fire for their more powerful neighbors./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pull\ one's\ chestnuts\ out\ of\ the\ fire — To do someone else a great favor which they don t really deserve, doing oneself a disfavor in the process. Small countries often have to pull the chestnuts out of the fire for their more powerful neighbors …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pull the chestnuts out of the fire — To take control and rescue someone or something from a difficult situation, esp one that seems hopeless • • • Main Entry: ↑chestnut …   Useful english dictionary

  • fire — See: BALL OF FIRE, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA or BETWEEN TWO FIRES, BUILD A FIRE UNDER, BURNT CHILD DREADS THE FIRE, CATCH FIRE, DRAW FIRE, FAT S IN THE FIRE, FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE, HANG FIRE, HEAP COALS OF FIRE ON ONE S HEAD, HOLD… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fire — See: BALL OF FIRE, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA or BETWEEN TWO FIRES, BUILD A FIRE UNDER, BURNT CHILD DREADS THE FIRE, CATCH FIRE, DRAW FIRE, FAT S IN THE FIRE, FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE, HANG FIRE, HEAP COALS OF FIRE ON ONE S HEAD, HOLD… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fire — See: ball of fire, between the devil and the deep blue sea or between two fires, build a fire under, burnt child dreads the fire, catch fire, draw fire, fat s in the fire, fight fire with fire, hang fire, heap coals of fire on one s head, hold… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • chestnut — chestnutty, adj. /ches nut , neuht/, n. 1. any of the several deciduous trees constituting the genus Castanea, of the beech family, having toothed, oblong leaves and bearing edible nuts enclosed in a prickly bur, and including C. dentata… …   Universalium

  • Union of Soviet Socialist Republics — a former federal union of 15 constituent republics, in E Europe and W and N Asia, comprising the larger part of the former Russian Empire: dissolved in December 1991. 8,650,069 sq. mi. (22,402,200 sq. km). Cap.: Moscow. Also called Russia, Soviet …   Universalium

  • Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact — Treaty of Non Aggression between Germany and the Soviet Union Molotov signs the German–Soviet non aggression pact. Behind him are Ribbentrop and Stalin. Signed August 23, 1939 Location Moscow, Russian SFSR …   Wikipedia

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