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dead meat

je bent er geweest

this is used as a way of threatening someone

dead right

volkomen gelijk

this means that something or someone is absolutely correct, without doubt

dead to the world

van de wereld

be fast asleep and completely unaware of what is happening around you

dead wrong

totaal mis hebben

if someone is dead wrong, they are absolutely wrong

deaf as a post


someone who is as deaf as a post is unable to hear at all

Dear John letter


a letter explaining why a relationship is over, is a dear john letter

death of a thousand cuts

beetje bij beetje kapot gaan

lots of small bad things are happening, which add up to a slow and painful demise

death warmed up


after her long illness she looked like death warmed up

deer in the headlights

overvallen worden door iets

when one is caught off guard and needs to make a decision, but cannot react quickly



SMS/Chat: absoluut!

deliver the goods

doen wat wordt verwacht

when you do what is expected of you

demon weed


tobacco is the demon weed

devil finds work for idle hands

luiheid is des duivels oor kussen

if people don't have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble

devil is in the detail

het probleem zit in de staart

small things in plans that are often overlooked can cause serious problems later on

devil may care

kan mij het schelen

if you live a devil-may-care life it means you are willing to take more risks than most people

devil's advocate

advocaat van de duivel

adopt a position you don't believe in just for the sake of the argument

diamond in the rough

ruwe diamant

someone who has great potential, but isn't not refined and polished



a stupid guy

die down

minder worden

after four days of hype, the readers' interest died down

die is cast

het besluit is gevallen

a decision has been made that cannot be altered and fate will decide the consequences

die of

doodgaan aan

in africa many people die of aids

die out


some say dinosaurs died out when a comet hit the earth

different kettle of fish

andere koek

if something is a different kettle of fish, it is very different from the other things referenced

different strokes for different folks

iedereen doet het op zijn eigen manier

this idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them

dig way down deep

diep van binnen

look into your inner feelings to see how you feel about it

dig your heels in

je hakken in het zand zetten

if you dig your heels in, you start to resist something


een dildo

a manufactured penis, a vibrator shaped like a penis

dine on ashes

wentelen in ellende

I someone is dining on ashes they are excessively focusing attention on failures

Ding Dong Ditch

belletje trekken

USA: a game or a prank younger people play which involves ringing someones door bell and leaving before they answer

dip your toes in the water

iets voorzichtig proberen

if you dip your toes in the water, you try something carefully