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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.

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even keel


if something is on an even keel, it is balanced

even steven

alles is gelijk

if everything is equal between people, they are even steven

every ass likes to hear himself bray

zichzelf graag horen praten

this means that people like the sound of their own voice

every cloud has a silver lining

achter de wolken schijnt de zon

it is always possible to get something positive out of a situation

every man and his dog

jan en alleman

a lot of people - as in sending out invitations to a large number of people

every man for himself

ieder voor zich

people are trying to save themselves without trying to help anyone else

every man has his price

iedereen is te koop

anyone's opinion or support can be bought, everyone's principles have a limit

every man jack

echt iedereen

absolutely everybody

every nook and cranny

alle hoeken en gaten

if you search every nook and cranny, you look everywhere for something

every Tom, Dick and Harry

jan en alleman

every odd person

eye candy

een lust voor het oog

something that's a pleasure to look at

eye for an eye

oog om oog

the punishment equals the crime

eyes are bigger than one's stomach

ogen groter dan je maag

to be greedy and take more than you can handle


fuck boy

a boy who is only ever after sex and not a relationship

face like thunder

gezicht staat op onweer

to be very angry or upset about something

face only a mother could love

zo lelijk als de nacht

when someone has a face only a mother could love, they are ugly

face the music

je lot ondergaan

accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong

face to face

oog in oog

within each other's sight or presence 

face your demons

je angsten overwinnen

confront your fears or something that you have been trying hard to avoid

facts of life

de bloemetjes en de bijtjes

when someone is taught the facts of life, they learn about sex and reproduction

failure is the mother of success

leren van je fouten

failure is often a stepping stone towards success

fair and square

eerlijk gewonnen

if someone wins fair and square, they follow the rules and win conclusively

fair crack of the whip

gelijke kansen hebben

if everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities

fairweather friend

mooI weer vriend

a fairweather friend is always there when times are good but not when things get difficult

fall back


the army fell back after losing the battle

fall back on

terugvallen op

peter was lucky to have his friends to fall back on

fall behind

achterop raken

john skived school so he fell behind

fall by the wayside


to fall by the wayside is to give up or fail before completion

fall down


I tripped over the doormat and fell down

fall for

er intrappen

the teacher fell for my story, so I got the day off