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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take out


I took out all the books I needed for my essay from the library

take out


the gang took him out after he spoke to the police

take out


the dentist took out all of my wisdom teeth

take over


the bank was taken over by a foreign bank

take someone down a peg

iemand neerhalen

if someone is taken down a peg or two, they lose status

take someone for a ride

iemand voor de gek houden

if you are taken for a ride, you are deceived by someone

take someone up on

iemand houden aan

make someone keep their promise

take the bull by its horns

de koe bij de horens vatten

tackles your problems directly without worrying about any risk involved

take the chair

voorzitter worden

if you take the chair, your become the chairman or chairwoman

take the fall

de schuld op je nemen

if you tall the fall, you accept the blame and punishment for another's wrongdoing

take the flak

onder vuur liggen

if you take the flak, you are strongly criticised for something

take the floor

het woord nemen

start talking or giving a speech to a group

take the heat

de schuld op je nemen

take the criticism or blame for something you didn't do

take the plunge

het er op wagen

if you take the plunge, you do something even though you know it's risky

take to

iets gaan doen

he's taken to wearing a baseball cap since his hair started thinning

take to your heels

de benen nemen

if you take to your heels, you run away

take up

iets gaan doen

he took up squash as he felt he had to lose some weight

take up

opgaan aan

an awful lot of my time is taken up with pointless bureaucracy

take up the torch

de fakkel overnemen

take on a challenge or responsibility when someone else retires, or leaves

take your breath away


if something takes your breath away, it astonishes or surprises you

take your eye off the ball

concentratie verliezen

not concentrating on something important

talk back

grote mond geven

the teacher was cross because the pupil talked back to her

talk down


the general manager talked down the recent fall in shares

talk down

neerbuigend praten

that teacher talks down to her students instead of teaching them

talk into


she didn't want to do it, but I managed to talk her into it

talk is cheap

praatjes vullen geen gaatjes

it's easy to talk about something but harder to actually do it

talk nineteen to the dozen

snel praten

if someone talks very quickly, they talk nineteen to the dozen

talk of the town

gesprek van de dag

when everybody is talking about particular people and events

talk out

iets uit iemands hoofd praten

he wanted to drive home, but his friends talked him out of it

talk out of the back of your head

uit je nek kletsen

if someone is talking out of the back of their head, they are talking rubbish