van een koude kermis thuiskomen*

* to come home from a cold fair

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

A rude awakening. It means that something goes wrong against expectations, or goes bad, or does not happen. It could also mean that you expected to receive a warm welcome somewhere but instead experienced anger and blame.

"Emma dacht dat ze voor haar verjaardag een puppy zou krijgen, maar ze moest van een koude kermis thuiskomen."

"Emma thoughts she was going to get a puppy for her birthday, but she had to come home from a cold fair."

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