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 in is, is morgen sneu.

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yah boo sucks

jammer dan

yah boo & yah boo sucks means that you have no sympathy with someone

yellow press

sensatiepers

the yellow press is a term for the popular and sensationalist newspapers

yellow streak

angsthaas

if someone has a yellow streak, they are cowardly about something

yellow-bellied

angsthaas

a yellow-bellied person is a coward

yes-man

ja-knikker

someone who always agrees with people in authority is a yes-man

yesterday's man or woman

iemand die niet meer belangrijk is

someone whose career is over is yesterday's man or woman

yield to

overgeven aan

I tried to resist, but I yielded to temptation and ate all the ice cream

you are what you eat

je bent wat je eet

this is used to stress the importance of a good diet as a key to good health

you can bet your bottom dollar

je kan er donder op zeggen

you can bet your bottom dollar that it's going to rain when I go out

you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar

je vangt meer vliegen met stroop dan met azijn

it's easier to persuade people if you are polite than if you are confrontational

you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family

je kan je familie niet uitzoeken

some things you can choose, some you can't, so make the best of what you have

you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink

je kan iemand niet dwingen

you can offer something to someone, but you cannot make them take it

you can say that again

zeg dat wel

if you agree strongly with someone, you can say 'you can say that again'

you can't have cake and the topping, too

je kan niet alles hebben

you can't have everything the way you want it

you can't have your cake and eat it

van tweeën een

you can't have things both ways

you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs

waar gewerkt wordt vallen spaanders

in order to achieve something, there are often losers in the process

you can't take it with you

je kan het niet meenemen

enjoy life and don't worry about not having a lot because 'you can't take it with you'

you can't unring a bell

wat gedaan is, is gedaan

once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences

you could have knocked me down with a feather

schiet mij maar lek

the person was very shocked or surprised

you do not get a dog and bark yourself

je moet delegeren

if there is someone in a lower position who can do a task, then you shouldn't do it

you get what you pay for

alle waar naar zijn geld

something that is very low in price is not usually of very good quality

you know

je weet wel

what some, you know, people say every other, you know, word

you planks

sukkels

planks are dumb persons

you reap what you sow

boontje komt om zijn loontje

when you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you

you rock

je bent geweldig

You are really great

you said it!

je zegt het!

used to say you agree completely with something just said

you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours

jij helpt mij, ik help jou

if you do something for me, I'll return the favour

you what?

wat zeg je?

a very informal way of expressing surprise or to ask someone to repeat something

you're toast

je zit diep in de problemen

if you are toast, you are in a lot of trouble

you've got rocks in your head

zaagsel in je kop

someone who has acted with a lack of intelligence has rocks in their head