Welcome back to our “Idioms of the World” series!
And now… heading up to Russia.
Idiom – Exatj zajcem
Meaning – To travel without a ticket
English idiom – we don’t have an equivalent
As home to the Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia probably has quite a few train-related idioms. “To ride as a hare” means to ride the train without a ticket, as we all know hares are prone to do. Apparently it comes from the fact that fare-dodgers would shake like a hare whenever the ticket inspectors would come round.