Dutch Netherlands

iets boven de tafel fietsen

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(to bike something above the table) • To get clarity about something or someone's intentions.

"Voordat we verder gaan met dit voorstel moeten eerst zijn bedoelingen boven tafel fietsen."

"Before we continue with this proposal we must first cycle the intentions above the table.

Confirmed by 2 people

Dutch Netherlands

eerst mijn fiets terug

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(first my bike back) • "First my bicycle back" is a statement in the Netherlands, referring to the seizure of bicycles in the Netherlands in World War II by the German occupiers. In the first two decades after the war, it was regarded as an expression of anti-German sentiment. After that, it became more and more an ironic joke, which can be made in any way, shape or form referring to German having stolen bikes and not giving them back.

*ziet Duitser op fiets* "Nog steeds die fiets niet teruggegeven, hè?"

*sees German on bike* "They still haven't given those bikes back, have they?"

Confirmed by 2 people

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Dutch Netherlands

Wat heb ik nou aan mijn fiets hangen?

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(What have I got hanging from my bike now?) • It means "What is going on?" or "What kind of strange thing is happening now?"

"Wat heb ik nou aan mijn fiets hangen? Sneeuw in de zomer?"

"What have I got hanging from my bike now? Snow in summer?"

Confirmed by 2 people

Dutch Netherlands

op die fiets

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(on that bike) • When you previously didn't understand correctly, but now you do, you can say "Ah, op die fiets".

"Dus je gaat alleen?" "Nee, maar ik ben de enige van onze familie die gaat." "Ah, op die fiets."

"So you are going alone?" "No, but I am the only person of our family that is going." "Ah, on that bike."

Confirmed by 2 people

Dutch Netherlands

ga toch fietsen

Standard Phrase USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(go ride a bike) • A way of telling someone to go away or to stop being ridiculous.

"10 euro voor een biertje? Ga toch fietsen."

"10 euro for a beer? Go ride a bike."

Dutch Netherlands

wonder boven wonder

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(miracle above miracle) • When something truly miraculous happens.

"Ik was mijn sjaal al jaren kwijt, en wonder boven wonder vond ik hem vorige week in een tweedehandswinkel."

"I had lost my scarf for years, but miracle above miracle I found it last week in a second hand shop."

Confirmed by 2 people

Polish Poland

orka na ugorze

Idiom USED On Rare Occasion BY Older Generations

(ploughing a fallow field) • An extremely tedious and unsatisfying task.

"Uczenie tego dziecka dobrych manier to orka na ugorze."

"Teaching this kid good manners is like ploughing a fallow field."

Spanish | Chilean Spanish Chile

tallarinata

Word USED On Rare Occasion BY Friends and Family

(n.) • An informal feast in which loads of spaghetti (tallarines) are cooked and those invited bring their own sauces to share.

"¿Te invitaron a la tallarinata? Podrías traer tu famosa salsa de nueces."

"Were you invited to the tallarinata? You could bring your famous walnut sauce"

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German Germany

die Augen waren größer als der Bauch

Standard Phrase USED On Rare Occasion BY Mostly middle aged people

(the eyes were bigger than the belly) • Usually used when someone bought or put more food on their plate than they could eat because they were hungry and therefore thought they could eat more than they actually could. It can be an accusation that they wasted food.

„Das kann ich nicht mehr essen, ich bin so satt!“ „Deine Augen waren größer als dein Bauch.“

„I can't eat that anymore, I’m so full!“ „Your eyes were bigger than your belly.“

Confirmed by 4 people

Spanish Spain

poner la mano en el fuego

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Adults

(to put a hand in the fire) • Used to say that you believe in someone or something so strongly that you would put your hand in a fire and you wouldn't burn yourself.

"Pondría mi mano en el fuego por él y sé que no me quemaría."

"I would put my hand on a fire for him and I'm sure I wouldn't burn myself."

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Dutch Netherlands

van een koude kermis thuiskomen

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(to come home from a cold fair) • 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."

Confirmed by 3 people

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Dutch Netherlands

wie mooi wil gaan moet pijn lijden

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(who wants to be beautiful must suffer pain) • To be beautiful one must make sacrifices. Frequently said by grandmothers while aggressively brushing your hair.

"Deze hakken doen echt pijn." "Tsja, wie mooi wil gaan moet pijn lijden."

"These heels really hurt." "Oh well, who wants to be beautiful must suffer pain"

Confirmed by 2 people

German Germany

Mof

Slang USED On Rare Occasion BY Young People

(n.) • It’s an abbreviation for “Mensch Ohne Freunde” (Person without friends) and is usually used as a joke among friends when you’re in a situation all by yourself.

“Ich war die einzige, die da war. Ich habe mich wie ein Mof gefühlt.”

"I’m the only one who was there. I felt like a Mof."

Confirmed by 2 people

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Dutch Netherlands

loca

Abbreviation USED On Rare Occasion BY Students

(n.) • Short for "locatie" (location) and used to refer to the "share your location" function on WhatsApp.

"Stuur me even je loca."

"Send me your loca."

Confirmed by 2 people

Latin Italy

in vino veritas

Idiom USED On Rare Occasion BY Adults

(in wine (is) truth) • Used to mean that someone under the effect of alcohol is likely to voice their hidden thoughts.

"Mi dispiace per quello che ho detto. Ero ubriaco." "In vino veritas."

"I'm sorry for what I said. I was drunk." "In wine is truth."

Confirmed by 4 people

Portuguese Brazil

café de uma mão

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Older Generations

(one-hand coffee) • A coffee for which you don't use your other hand to eat something. You are just drinking coffee, without eating at the same time.

"Não tem biscoito, será café de uma mão só."

"There is no cookie, it will be a one-hand coffee."

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German Germany

dumm wie Bohnenstroh

Idiom USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(interj.) • (dumb as a bean haulm) • Describes a stupid person.

"Er ist wirklich dumm wie Bohnenstroh!"

"He’s dumb as a dumb as bean haulm!"

Confirmed by 2 people

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French French speaking countries

prendre ses jambes à son cou

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Adults

(to take you legs to your neck) • To run away as fast as possible.

"A chaque fois que Bip Bip voit Coyote, il prend ses jambes à con cou."

"Whenever the Road Runner sees Wile E. Coyote, he takes his legs to his neck."

Confirmed by 7 people

French French speaking countries

être comme chien et chat

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(to be like dog and cat) • Used to describe people who are constantly in conflict, like cats and dogs, that are believed to dislike each other.

"Ma soeur en moi sommes comme chien et chat : il est impossible pour nous de s'entendre plus de quelques minutes. Nous nous disputons tout le temps."

"My sister and I are like dog and cat: it's impossible for us to get along more than a few minutes. We are always arguing."

Confirmed by 8 people

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Norwegian Norway

du store alpakka

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

(you great alpaca) • Used jokingly to express either surprise, shock, horror, or fright.

"Du store alpakka! Har lyset gått?"

"You great alpaca! Did the lights go out?"

Confirmed by 3 people