stare con le mani in mano*

* to stand with hands in hand

Italian Italy

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

It corresponds to the English “to sit on someone’s hands”. It’s used to refer to someone who isn’t doing anything, especially at the moment of speaking.

"Non posso starmene con le mani in mano mentre i cittadini protestano per le strade."

"I can’t stand with my hands in hand while the citizens are protesting in the streets."


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estem arreglats*

* we are well dressed

Catalan | Catalunya Spain

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

Expression used when you are on a trouble.

"Ens hem oblidat el passaport a casa i el vol surt en una hora, estem arreglades"

"We forgot the passport at home and our plane departs in one hour, we are well-dressed."





No shit, Sherlock

English United Kingdom

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

A response to someone who is stating the obvious. It refers to the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

"The sky is blue" "No shit, Sherlock!"


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dra någonting gammalt över dig

Swedish Sweden

Expression USED On Occasion BY Most People

Why tell someone to simply go away when you can make them look stupid at the same time? "Drag something old over yourself" you can yell at someone, and rejoice in the thought of how utterly embarrassed they'll feel with an old blanket on their head.

"Gå bort! Dra någonting gamalt över dig!"

"Go away! Drag something old over yourself!"





Bien vu, l'aveugle!*

* Well seen, the blind!

French France

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Anyone

This is something you may say to someone who just discovered something obvious. This is obviously a pun, and "bien vu" actually translates to "well spotted", "good catch".

"T'as déjà remarqué que presque tous les salons de coiffures ont un jeu de mot dans leur nom ?" "Bien vu, l'aveugle !"

"Have you ever noticed that almost every hairdressing salon has a pun in its name?" "Well seen, the blind!"


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Fa' ballà l'oeucc*

* Let the eye dance

Milanese dialect Milan, Italy

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everyone

It's a way to push someone to "move his eyes", to be very careful about something.

"Quella strada è molto trafficata, fa' ballà l'oeucc quando attraversi!"

"There's a lot of traffic on that road, let the eye dance when you cross it!"





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reinventing the wheel

English United States

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

When someone discovers or creates something that already exists. Most often used when someone is wasting significant time or effort to create the thing in question.

"School committees should seek to improve upon existing methods, not reinvent the wheel every time they develop a new curriculum."


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bułka z masłem *

* bread roll with butter

Polish Poland

Expression USED Very frequently BY Most People

Used to describe something that can be or should be done effortlessly and with ease .

"Twoim zadaniem jest zrobienie plakatu". "Bułka z masłem".

"Your task is to make a poster". "Bread roll with butter".





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appeltje-eitje*

* little apple - little egg

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

When something's really easy, it is 'appeltje eitje'!

"Was het examen moeilijk?" "Nee, het was appeltje-eitje! Ik was heel snel klaar."

"Was the exam difficult?" "No, it was little apple - little egg! I was done really quick."





bread and butter

English Midwest, United States

Expression USED On Occasion BY Most People

“Bread and butter” means someone’s livelihood or how they make a living. It’s always used together, in this order, and as a singular noun.

“Tourism is the bread and butter of many island countries.” “Did you grow up on a farm?” “Yeah, it was our bread and butter.”





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avoir le QI d'une huître *

* to have the IQ of an oyster

French France

Expression USED Frequently BY Almost Everyone

Used to say that someone is really stupid, that someone has no brain.

"Elle est vraiment débile, elle a le QI d'une huître !"

"She's so dumb, she has the IQ of an oyster !"


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dis rel lash

Trinidadian Creole English Trinidad and Tobago

Expression USED Very frequently BY Everybody

This expression is used in an exclamatory way, as a form of praise for delicious food.

"Dis food rel lash boy!"

"Man, this food is so, so good!"





No vendes piñas*

* You don't sell pineapples

Spanish Mexico

Expression USED Frequently BY Everyone

It's used when you want someone to know that they're criticizing something that they're also doing. It's used to say someone it's being rude.

"Pero mira esa muchacha con ese vestido tan corto." "Pero tú no vendes piñas, mira el tuyo."

"But look at that girl with a short dress." "But you don't sell pineapples, look at yours."





ser la leche*

* to be the milk

Spanish Spain

Expression USED Frequently BY Young People

To be cool. It can be used for both people or things.

"¡Eres la leche!" "¡Este juego es la leche!"

"You are the milk!" "This game is the milk!"


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es un mango*

* he's a mango

Spanish Guatemala

Expression USED Frequently BY Women

In Guatemala we say "he's a mango" to a man who is really handsome.

"mira ese muchacho, es un mango."

"Look at that guy, he's a mango."