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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* 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."



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!"

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."