obiecywać komuś gruszki na wierzbie*

* to promise someone pears on the willow

Polish Poland

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Everybody can use it

When you promise something that is not possible / to make empty promises.

"Prezydent obiecywał gruszki na wierzbie, byleby tylko wygrać wybory."

"The president promised the pears on the willow to win the elections."

houtje touwtje*

* little wood little rope

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

When something is not really well put together, as if it were handcrafted from only wood and rope.

"Het achterlicht van de auto ging stuk, voor het moment heb ik het houtje touwtje gerepareerd"

"The backlight of my car was broke, for the moment I fixed it little wood little rope"



French | French Canadian Québec, Canada

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

(n.) It is used to refer to a remote location, most often than not, a far away village, "in the middle of nowhere", because in Québec, a lot of small villages are named "Saint-(something)".

"Mon cousin habite à Saint-Clin-Clin-des-Meuh-Meuh."

"My cousin lives In-the-middle-of-nowhere."


être beau comme un cœur*

* to be as beautiful as a heart

French French speaking countries

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

Affectionate way to say that you find someone or something pretty, beautiful, cute as a button.

"Ce costume te va à ravir, tu es beau comme un cœur !" "Ta fille est jolie comme un cœur."

"This suit looks great on you, you are as beautiful as a heart!" "Your daughter is as pretty as a heart."


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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donner sa langue au chat

French French speaking countries

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

Used when you have to guess something, but it is so hard that you give up and don't want to guess anymore. It comes from the fact that we used to confess our deepest secrets to cats. So they know a lot about everyone. To give your tongue to the cat is to admit that someone (i.e. the cat) knows something that you don't know.

" - Devine qui vient à la soirée ce soir ? - Louis ! - Non. - Walid ! - Non. - Ok, je donne ma langue au chat."

" - Guess who's coming at the party tonight? - Louis! - No. - Walid! - No. - Ok, I give my tongue to the cat."

jemand hat nicht mehr alle Tassen im Schrank*

* someone doesn't have all cups in the cupboard

German German speaking countries

Expression USED Frequently BY Everybody

When you want to tell someone that they are mad/crazy/insane.

''Ich habe meinem Mann verziehen, obwohl er mich zweimal betrogen hat.'' "Was? Hast du nicht mehr alle Tassen im Schrank?"

''I have forgiven my husband even though he cheated on me twice.'' ''What? Don't you have all cups in the cupboard?''



* 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."

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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!"

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Ești varză*

* You're cabbage

Romanian Romania

Slang USED Frequently BY Everybody

It's generally used to tell someone they suck when they dissapoint you.

"Nu știi să faci tema la mate? Ești varză!"

"You don't know how to do the maths homework? You're cabbage!"

stroop je mouwen maar op*

* you better roll op your sleeves

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Occasion BY Everybody

This is said before a difficult or hard task as a way of saying "get ready" or "be prepared".

"Stroop je mouwen maar op voordat je daar aan begint"

"You better roll up your sleeves before you start that."



* knitting

French France

Idiom USED On Occasion BY Everybody

The action a cat does when it pulls its paws one after the other when it's happy and calm. Known in English as making biscuits

"Regarde le chat, il est trop mignon il tricote."

"Look at the cat, it's so cute it's making biscuits."