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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."





membrillo*

* quince

Spanish Spain

Slang USED On Occasion BY Some People

Someone who is a bit stupid and naive.

"No seas membrillo."

"Don't be stupid."





baccalà*

* salted codfish

Italian Italy

Word USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

It's an insult used to address an incompetent and stupid person.

"È un baccalà, non è buono a niente!"

"He is a salted codfish, a good-for-nothing!"





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när man talar om trollen så står de i farstun*

* when one speaks about the trolls they’re standing in the hallway

Swedish Sweden

Expression USED In the past BY Some People

Used when someone that you’ve recently talked about appears or something that you’ve talked about happens. The Swedish version of “speak of the devil and he shall appear”.

“Chefen och jag bråkade igår. Jag vill verkligen inte träffa henne idag.” *chefen kommer* ”När man talar om trollen...”

”The boss and I had a fight yesterday. I really don’t want to meet her today” *the boss arrives* “When one speaks about the trolls...”





op een oude fiets moet je het leren*

* you have to learn it on an old bicycle

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

Used to refer to a young person going out with an older partner (often younger men with older women). It can also be used for people using other learning tools that are quite old (like old books, etc.)

"Heb je de nieuwe vriendin van Jos gezien?" "Tsja, op een oude fiets moet je het leren."

"Have you seen Jos's new girlfriend?" "Well, you have to learn it on an old bicycle."





de fiets aan de haak hangen*

* to hang the bike on the wall

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

Originally refers to someone stopping with cycling, putting their bike up on the wall, but can now be used for anyone stopping with something.

"Na 30 jaar heeft hij de fiets aan de muur gehangen."

"After 30 years he hung his bike from the wall."





iets boven de tafel fietsen*

* to bike something above the table

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

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.





eerst mijn fiets terug*

* first my bike back

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

"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?"





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Wat heb ik nou aan mijn fiets hangen?*

* What have I got hanging from my bike now?

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

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?"





op die fiets*

* on that bike

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

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."





ga toch fietsen*

* go ride a bike

Dutch Netherlands

Standard Phrase USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

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."





koffie verkeerd*

* wrong coffee

Dutch Netherlands

Name USED On Occasion BY Some People

A coffee that contains 2/3 milk and 1/3 coffee. It is called "wrong coffee" because it contains more milk than coffee.

"Doe mij maar een koffie verkeerd, alstublief."

"I would like a wrong coffee, please."





wonder boven wonder*

* miracle above miracle

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Rare Occasion BY Some People

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."





op hoop van zege*

* on hope of victory

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

Used when you can not change much about the situation but you hope the outcome is positive.

"Ik heb m'n paper net ingeleverd, op hoop van zege."

"I just handed in my paper, on hope of victory."


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de wonderen zijn de wereld nog niet uit*

* the miracles haven't left the world yet

Dutch Netherlands

Expression USED On Occasion BY Some People

Used when something miraculous happens.

".. en toen, na 5 jaar vermist te zijn liep onze kat gewoon binnen alsof er niks aan de hand was." "Nou, de wonderen zijn de wereld nog niet uit."

".. and then, after being missing for 5 years, our cat just came walking as if nothing happened." "Wow, the miracles haven't gone from the world yet."