Danish Denmark

det blæser en halv pelikan

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(it is blowing half a pelican) • It is said when it is very windy.

"Det blæser en halv pelikan i dag! Min paraply fløj væk."

"It is blowing half a pelican today! My umbrella flew away."

Danish Denmark

så er den ged barberet

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(now that goat is shaved) • A task has been solved.

"Så er den ged barberet!" "Super, så kan vi gå videre til næste del af projektet."

"Now that goat is shaved!" "Great, then we can move on to the next part of the project."

Danish Denmark

ingen ko på isen

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(no cow on the ice) • It means that there is no problem.

"Gør det noget hvis jeg låner nogle af dine bøger?" "Nej, der er ingen ko på isen."

"Is it okay if I borrow some of your books?" "Sure, there's no cow on the ice."

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Por Brazil, Brazil

lenga-lenga

Expression USED Frequently BY Everybody

Meaningless conversation. Boring and monotonous conversation, narrative or oratory piece.

"Essa tua lenga-lenga está me cansando."

"This lenga-lenga of yours is tiring me."

French France

passer l'arme à gauche

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(to pass the weapon to the left) • To die.

"Elle a passé l'arme à gauche."

"She passed the weapon to the left."

French France

passez l'arme à gauche

Expression USED On Occasion BY Almost Everyone

(to pass the weapon to the left) • To Die.

Elle a passé l'arme à gauche.

She passed the weapon to the left.

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English United States

talking peanuts

Expression USED In the past BY People from the countryside

Refer to something of cheap or low value. If something is surprisingly inexpensive, you could say "it's peanuts." Or if you're working for a very low wage, you could say "You're working for peanuts." Peanuts are a very cheap item in this context.

"It's going to cost $40 for all 5 of you to go." "That's $8 a person. You're talking peanuts at that point."

Spanish Spain

de Guatemala a guatepeor

Expression USED Frequently BY Some People

Equivalent of the English “from bad to worse”.

“Este día fue de Guatemala a guatepeor.”

"This day went from Guatemala to guateworse."

Confirmed by 3 people

English United Kingdom

to go balls to the walls

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

To try your best / give everything to achieve something

Danny is really working hard at the gym. Yeah, he’s going balls to the walls.

Confirmed by 2 people

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Italian Italy

in bocca al lupo

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(in the wolf's mouth) • When you're wishing someone good luck for something.

"Cosa fai oggi?" "Ho un esame d'inglese" "Ah, in bocca al lupo!"

"What are you doing today?" "I have an English exam" "Ah, in the wolf's mouth!"

Polish Poland

jedzie mi tu czołg?

Expression USED On Very Rare Occasion BY Some People

(do I have a tank running here?) • A phrase used to express disbelief or accuse someone of an obvious lie. In most cases, the expression is combined with a gesture of lowering the eyelid, showing the white of an eye (if not, it's implied).

"Przepraszam za spóźnienie, ale znowu musiałem pomóc sąsiadowi, który zatrzasnął się na balkonie." "Jasne. A jedzie mi tu czołg?"

"Sorry for late arrival, I had to help my neighbor who locked himself on the balcony again." "Right. Do I have a tank running here?"

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Polish Poland

z gówna bicza nie ukręcisz

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(you can't turn shit into a whip) • You can't make something out of nothing -or- you can't make miracles happen.

"Skończyłeś siekać cebulę?" "Nie ma opcji, wszystkie noże są tępe." "Trudno, z gówna bicza nie ukręcisz. Będzie bez cebuli."

"Have you finished dicing the onions?" "Not going to happen, all the knives are blunt." "Too bad, you can't turn shit into a whip. No onions then."

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Croatian | Kaikavian Northern Croatia, Croatia

šeflja

Expression USED Very frequently BY Almost Everyone

(n.) • It's the thing used to grab liquid, most commonly soups.

"Možeš li mi dohvatiti šeflju da izgrabim juhu?"

"Can you give me the grabber to grab the soup?"

Polish Poland

nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

(not my circus, not my monkeys) • It’s an expression used to say it’s not my problem so I’m not going to worry about it!

“Och nie, Thomas i Ileana znów się kłócą!” “Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy.”

“Oh no, Thomas and Ileana are fighting again!” “Not my circus, not my monkeys.”

Confirmed by 2 people

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English United States

it’s been a minute

Expression USED On Occasion BY Millenials

It’s been a while, it’s been a long time, it has not happened recently

"It’s been a minute since I’ve seen my coworkers in person. The office has been closed for over a year. "

Confirmed by 4 people

French France

je m'en bats les couilles

Expression USED Very frequently BY French people

(I beat my testicles with it) • I don't care.

"As-tu vu le nouveau film des Avengers?" "Franchement, je m'en bats les couilles!"

"Did you see the new Avengers movie?" "Frankly, I beat my testicles with it!"

German German speaking countries

am Arsch der Welt

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

(at the ass of the world) • In the back of beyond, in the middle of nowhere, in the boondocks.

"Lass uns nach Hintertupfingen umziehen. " "Nein, das liegt ja am Arsch der Welt!"

"Let's move to Podunk." "No, that's in the middle of nowhere!"

Confirmed by 5 people

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English Worldwide

milkshake duck

Expression USED On Occasion BY people on the internet

(n.) • A milkshake duck describes the phenomena on the internet for a viral story to appear wholesome, only to be ruined later by the backstory of the person or thing featured in the story. It is based on a tweet by @pixelatedboat that says "The whole internet loves Milkshake Duck, a lovely duck that drinks milkshakes! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you the duck is racist".

"Did you see the video of the guy on zoom with the filter saying he was not a cat?" "I did! So funny. Too bad it turned out to be a milkshake duck."

Confirmed by 3 people

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Portuguese Brazil

o Papa é argentino, mas Deus é brasileiro

Expression USED On Occasion BY Adults

(the Pope is Argentine, but God is Brazilian) • It is used whenever Brazil faces or is compared to Argentina. You can also just say "God is Brazilian" when something good happens in Brazil.

"Acho que a Argentina ganha a próxima copa" "Não mesmo! O papa é argentino, mas Deus é brasileiro"

"I think Argentina wins the next world cup" "No way! The Pope is Argentine, but God is Brazilian"

Confirmed by 2 people

Spanish Spanish speaking countries

rizar el rizo

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

(to curl the curl) • To make something more complicated than it should be / to add something really unnecessary.

"Le iba a poner flecos a las mangas de mi chaqueta, pero me parecía mucho rizar el rizo"

"I was going to put fringe on the sleeves of my jacket, but I thought it was curling the curl"

Confirmed by 3 people