lit. – toad strangles; about a greedy or stingy person
Comments / examples:
Его жаба душит.
He is having an episode of stinginess.
More from "Russian idioms"
to be credulous, gullible
to deprive oneself of something in favour of, to give up for
to walk or drive in circles
approximately: you are good only when sent to call the death (i.e. it takes you too long to do things, ~ I could grow old)
to cause an unfavorable reaction (by being or having been overused, often repeated, boring etc); ~ to make one's mouth sore, to set one's teeth on edge
to postpone, to delay
(lit. - to make an elephant out of a fly) to exaggerate, ~to make a mountain out of a molehill
it's enough to make a cat laugh (lit. - for chickens to laugh)