на безрыбье и рак рыба

Russian idioms

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Transcription (the accent is shown in capital letters):

[na beez-RYB'-ye ee rak RY-ba]

Translation / meaning:

(lit.: when there is no fish, even a crayfish is a fish)

beggars can’t be choosers;
in a pinch anything will do;
any port in a storm

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