engelse grammatica veelgebruikte uitdrukkingen

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Op deze pagina kun je ruim 3000 Engelse uitdrukkingen, spreekwoorden en gezegden opzoeken, met een verklaring in het Nederlands. Het zijn de uitdrukkingen die worden gebruikt door Engelse en Amerikaanse jongeren. Zoekopdrachten die geen resultaat opleveren worden opgeslagen, zodat we ons bestand kunnen aanvullen.

Pas overigens op met het gebruik van spreekwoorden. Het is goed om ze te kennen, maar als je ze te veel gebruikt klink je net als je oma. Ook trendy uitdrukkingen kunnen link zijn: wat vandaag ziek is, is morgen sneu.

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wait for

wachten op (uk)

he's waiting for a friend

wait on

wachten op (usa)

he's waiting on a friend

wait on

bedienen

they have two waiters waiting on each table

wait up

opblijven

don't wait up, I'll be home late tonight

waiting in the wings

in de coulissen klaar staan

be in the background, but nearby, ready to act on short notice

wake up and smell the coffee

wakker worden

when someone doesn't realise what is really happening, you tell them to wake up and smell the coffee

walk a fine line

op je tenen lopen

if you have to walk a fine line, you have to be very careful not to anger people

walk a mile in my shoes

in andermans schoenen staan

you should try to understand someone before criticizing them

walk a tightrope

op je tenen lopen

you have to be very careful not to anger people who could become enemies

walk in the park

een eitje

an undertaking that is easy is a walk in the park the opposite is also true - 'no walk in the park'

walk on eggshells

op eieren lopen

you have to be very careful because they get angry or offended very easily

walk the green mile

op het onvermijdelijke afstevenen

someone or something that is walking the green mile is heading towards the inevitable

walk the plank

zijn ondergang tegemoet

if someone walks the plank, they are going toward their own destruction or downfall

walking on air

met je hoofd in de wolken lopen

if you are walking on air, you are so happy that you feel as if you could float

wallflower

excuustruus

a woman given an unimportant position so that government can pretend it takes women seriously

war chest

oorlogskas

a war chest is a fund that can be used to finance a campaign

war of words

woordenstrijd

a war of words is a bitter argument between people or organisations

warm the cockles of your heart

je hart goed doen

if something warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy

warpath

oorlogspad

be very angry about something and do anything to get things sorted

warts and all

met alle fouten van iemand

if you like someone warts and all, you like them with all their faults

wash away

wegspoelen

the stall on the beach was washed away in the storm last night

wash down

wegspoelen

I washed the antibiotics down with a glass of water

wash out

wegspoelen

the rain washed out the championship final

wash over

overspoelen

he felt numb as grief washed over him

wash up

aanspoelen

after the crash, several bodies washed up on the beach

wash your hands of something

je handen afhouden van

you disassociate yourself and accept no responsibility for what will happen

waste not, want not

wie spaart heeft wat

if you don't waste things, you are less likely to end up lacking

waste of skin

totaal overbodig

if a person is referred to as a 'waste of skin', it means he is not worth very much

watch grass grow

dodelijk saai

if something is like watching grass grow, it is really boring

watch out

kijk uit

watch out- there's ice on the road