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vá plantar batatas*

* go plant potatoes

Portuguese Brazil

Idiom USED In the past BY Older Generations

This is an expression that more or less means “leave me alone!” Or “go away!”

“Quer ficar comigo, gata?” “Não quero não! Vá plantar batatas!”

“Wanna hook up with me, sexy?” “No, I don’t want to! Go plant potatoes!”





orka na ugorze*

* ploughing a fallow field

Polish Poland

Idiom USED On Rare Occasion BY Older Generations

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."





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pesare i peri*

* weighing pears

Italian | Veneto Veneto, Italy

Slang USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

It is a dialectal form to describe when you are sleepy, with half-closed eyelids and cheeks hanging like pears.

"Come sta andando la conferenza? È interessante?" "No, è veramente noiosa, sono qui a pesare i peri!"

"How's the conference going? Is it interesting?" "No, it's really boring, I'm here weighing pears!"





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наставить рога*

* to put horns on [somebody]

Russian Russia

Expression USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

(v.) To cheat on someone. Depictions of a stag-horned cheated-on man are often in jokes and caricatures relating to cheating.

"Он убил свою жену за то, что она наставила ему рога."

"He has killed his wife because she put horns on him."





enchendo os pacová*

* to fill the pacová

Portuguese Brazil

Expression USED Frequently BY Older Generations

To bore, annoy, or irritate someone.

"Você é muito irritante, para de encher os pacová!"

"You are so annoying, stop filling the pacová!"





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the devil's beating his wife

English Southern States, United States

Expression USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

A phrase that means 'it is raining while not overcast, so the sun is still visible, and it is bright outside despite the rain'.

"Take a look out the window and tell me what the weather's like." "The devil's beating his wife." "Hopefully it'll clear up soon; I forgot my umbrella."


Confirmed by 2 people




café de uma mão*

* one-hand coffee

Portuguese Brazil

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Older Generations

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."





más boludo que las palomas*

* more stupid than pigeons

Spanish Argentina

Expression USED Very frequently BY Older Generations

Used to talk about someone who is very stupid. Often said after they do a silly thing, but it can also be used to simply describe them.

"Hoy Tomás me preguntó si los perros ponían huevos... ¡Es más boludo que las palomas!"

"Today Tomás asked me if dogs lay eggs... He's more stupid than pigeons!"


Confirmed by 5 people




shrapnel

English English speaking countries

Word USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

(n.) Coins or loose change. Reference to coins being small pieces of metal, like shrapnel.

"Have you got enough shrapnel for the parking meter?"





blaffende honden bijten niet*

* barking dogs don't bite

Dutch Belgium

Expression USED On Occasion BY mainly older generations

Someone who's annoying or threatening usually doesn't do much after all.

"Hij dreigde ermee dat hij m'n gsm zou afpakken als ik niet stopte met sms'en" "Maak je maar geen zorgen, blaffende honden bijten meestal niet"

"He threatened to take my phone away if I wouldn't stop texting" "Don't you worry, barking dogs usually don't bite"


Confirmed by 7 people




hæla i taket og tenna i tapeten*

* heels on the ceiling and teeth in the wallpaper

Norwegian Norway

Expression USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

Expressing that something takes place in a lively mood, a great atmosphere, or at full speed; for instance a lively party that can seem a bit wild.

"Kom og bli med på festen! Her er det hæla i taket og tenna i tapeten!"

"Come join the party! It's wild!"





griseflaks*

* pig's luck

Norwegian Norway

Expression USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

(n.) Having great luck or being unrealistically lucky.

"Jammen bra du ikke skadet deg mer. Snakk om griseflaks!"

"A good thing you didn't hurt yourself more. Talk about pig's luck!"


Confirmed by 2 people




many a mickle maks a muckle*

* many small things make a big thing

Scots Scotland

Expression USED On Occasion BY Older Generations

Many little things add up to a big thing, usually talking about small savings of money adding up to a large amount.

"Look, I found some money, oh, it's only a penny" "Put it in your piggy bank, many a mickle maks a muckle!"





avoir les dents longues*

* to have long teeth

French French speaking countries

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Older Generations

To be very ambitious and aim high, but in a pejorative way. You would do anything to reach your goal.

"Les soeurs de Cendrillon ont les dents longues et sont prêtes à tout pour se marier avec le prince."

"Cinderella's sisters have long teeth and they are willing to do anything in order to marry the prince."


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la setmana dels tres dijous *

* the week of three Thursdays

Catalan Catalonia, Spain

Expression USED Frequently BY Older Generations

It is used when talking about something that won’t happen. A second possible ending to the expression is the rhyme "que la dotzena tindrà tretze ous" which means "when in a dozen eggs, there will be thirteen".

"Oí tant! Parlarem dels diners que vols que et deixi la setmana dels tres dijous."

"Yeah, yeah... we’ll talk about lending you money the week of the three Thursdays."