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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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he straw that broke the camel's back

de laatste druppel

the problem that made you lose your temper

he that travels far knows much

wie veel reist kan veel verhalen

people who travel widely have a wide knowledge

he'll rue the day

de dag heugen

he'll rue the day means that the person will one day bitterly regret what he has done

head for the hills


if people head for the hills, they run away from trouble

head is in the clouds

met je hoofd in de wolken lopen

if a person has their head in the clouds, they have unrealistic, impractical ideas

head on


with the head or front pointing at something

head on the block

je kop gaat eraf

b be held responsible and suffer the consequences for something that has gone wrong

head or tail

kop of munt

head and tail are the two sides of a coin

head over heels in love


when someone falls passionately in love and is intoxicated by the feeling

heads will roll

er gaan koppen rollen

if heads will roll, people will be punished or sacked for something that has gone wrong



a headstrong person is obstinate and does not take other people's advice readily

hear a pin drop

ja kan een speld hoen vallen

if there is complete silence in a room, you can hear a pin drop

hear it on the grapevine

in het roddelcircuit

to hear news from someone who heard the news from someone else

heart in the right place

hart op de juiste plaats hebben

if someone's heart is in the right place, they are good and kind

heart misses a beat

je hart slaat over

if your heart misses a beat, you are suddenly shocked or surprised

heart of gold

hart van goud

someone with a heart of gold is a genuinely kind and caring person


hart tegen hart

a heart-to-heart is a frank and honest conversation with someone

heaven knows

joost mag het weten

if you ask someone a question and they say this, they have no idea

heavenly bodies


the heavenly bodies are the stars

hedge your bets

risico spreiden

if you hedge your bets, you don't risk everything on one opportunity, but try more than one thing

hell for leather

zo snel als maar kan

if you do something hell for leather, especially running, you do it as fast as you can

here today, gone tomorrow

zo gewonnen zo geronnen

money, happiness and other desirable things don't last for very long

high and dry

hoog en droog

if you are left high and dry, you are left alone and given no help at all

high and mighty

de hoge heren

the high and mighty are the people with authority and power

high as a kite

high zijn

when you had too much to drink or are under the influence of drugs



if someone is high-handed, they behave arrogantly and pompously

high-wire act

met veel risico

a high-wire act is a dangerous or risky strategy, plan, task, etc

hit a lick

geld scoren

make a lot of money quickly, mostly by stealing it

hit a nerve

een gevoelige snaar raken

if something hits a nerve, it upsets someone or causes them pain

hit me up

neem contact met me op

contact me