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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what goes around comes around

wie kaatst kan de bal verwachten

if people do bad things to other people, bad things will happen to them

what is the point

waarom zou je

what's the point of going to the cinema when you don't like what's playing

what the heck / hell

wat kan mij het schelen

when you will do something although you know you shouldn't

what the heck! / hell!

wat krijgen we nou!

expression of surprise

what will be will be

wat gebeurt, gebeurt

fate will decide the outcome of a course of events, even if action is taken to try to alter it

what's cooking?

wat is er aan de hand?

when you ask what's cooking it means you want to know what's happening

what's his face


used when you can't remember someone's name

what's in a name

wat zegt een naam

famous quote from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet act ii, scene ii, lines 1-2

what's up with

wat is er met

when you ask about something odd

what's up?

hoe gaat het?

this can be used to ask 'what's wrong?' or 'how are you?'

what's your poison?

wat wil je drinken?

this is a way of asking someone what they would like to drink, especially alcohol

what's your take on that?

wat vind jij ervan?

this idiom is way of asking someone for their opinion and ideas

whatever floats your boat

wat je gelukkig maakt

when people say this, they mean that you should do whatever makes you happy

wheels fall off

in duigen vallen

when the wheels fall off something, it goes wrong or fails

when hell freezes over

met sint juttemis

an impossible or very unlikely situation or event

when in Rome, do as the Romans

je aanpassen

when you are visiting a different culture, you should follow their customs

when it rains, it pours

alle ellende komt tegelijk

when things go wrong, a lot of things go wrong at the same time

when pigs fly

met sint juttemis

you will not get something when you want it

when push comes to shove

als de nood aan de man is

when things become so bad that you must act

where there's a will, there's a way

waar een wil is, is een weg

if people really want to do something, they will manage to find a way of doing it

where there's smoke, there's fire

waar rook is, is vuur

when there is an indication or sign of something bad, usually the indication is correct

while the cat's away, the mouse will play

als de kat van huis is dansen de muizen op tafel

people whose behaviour is strictly controlled go over the top when the authority is not around

whistle for it

je kan er naar fluiten

if someone says that you can whistle for something, they are determined that you don't get it

whistle-stop tour

snelle rondreis

a whistle-stop tour is when someone visits a number of places quickly, not stopping for long

whistling in the dark

roepen in de woestijn

believe in a positive result, even though everybody else thinks otherwise

white as a sheet

bleek van schrik

a bad shock can make somebody go as white as a sheet

white as snow

puur als sneeuw

someone who is perfect or completely uncorrupted and honest

white elephant

lijk in de kast

a white elephant is an expensive burden

white lie

leugentje om bestwil

if you tell a white lie, you lie in order not to hurt someone's feelings



if something is white-bread, it is very ordinary, safe and boring