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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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girl Friday


a girl friday is a female assistant without any specific duties

girl talk


something girls typically talk about

give a bad time

iemand moeilijk maken

a lot of teasing, a rough time

give a big hand

applaus geven

applaud by clapping hands 'let's give all the contestants a big hand'

give and take

geven en nemen

where there is give and take, people make concessions in order to get things they want

give as good as you get

van jetje geven

if you give as good as you get, you are prepared to fight for what you believe

give head


giving head is the same as a blow job

give in


the projects have to be given in three weeks before end of term

give in


I couldn't finish the crossword so I gave in and looked at the answers

give it some stick

je best doen

(uk) if you give something some stick, you put a lot of effort into it

give me a hand

help eens

if someone gives you a hand, they help you

give me five


if someone says this, they want to hit your open hand against theirs as a way of greeting

give off


the police stopped the van because it was giving off a lot of smoke

give out

ermee ophouden

i'd been having trouble with my laptop and it finally gave out yesterday

give out


somebody was giving out leaflets in front of the station

give someone a fat lip

iemand op z'n bek slaan

a hit on the lip, an injured lip

give someone a leg up

een kontje geven

help someone to achieve something that they couldn't have done alone

give someone a piece of your mind

laten weten wat je vindt

if you give someone a piece of your mind, you criticise them strongly and angrily

give someone a run for their money

iemand het vuur na aan de schenen leggen

when you compete very strongly against someone who is expected to win a competition

give someone stick

iemand op zijn kop geven

if someone gives you stick, they criticise you or punish you

give someone the cold shoulder

iemand koeltjes bejegenen

after we fell out, she gave me the could shoulder for a month

give the nod

toestemming geven

if you give the nod to something, you approve it or give permission to do it

give up


I gave up taking sugar in tea and coffee to lose weight

give up on


I gave up on them when I heard what they were saying behind my back

give up the ghost

de geest geven

people give up the ghost when they die, machines stop working

glass ceiling

glazen plafond

the glass ceiling prevents women from getting promoted to the highest ranks

gloves are off

met het mes op tafel

when the gloves are off, people start to argue or fight in a more serious way

gnaw your vitals

het vreet aan je

if something gnaws your vitals, it troubles you greatly

go about

ermee omgaan

how should I go about telling her the bad news?

go after

er achteraan gaan

the cat went after the pigeon, but it flew away