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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kick something into the long grass

iets onder de mat vegen

a problem pushed aside and hidden in the hope that it will be forgotten

kick the bucket

dood gaan

when someone kicks the bucket, they die

kid gloves

fluwelen handschoenen

when given special treatment and handled with great care

kill the goose that lays the golden egg

de kip met de gouden eieren slachten

if you kill the goose that lays the golden egg, you ruin something that is very profitable

kill two birds with one stone

twee vliegen in een klap

when you resolve two difficulties or matters with a single action

kindred spirit

verwante geesten

a kindred spirit is someone who feels and thinks the way you do

kindred spirits

verwante zielen

kindred spirits are people who have a lot in common

kiss and tell

verklappen

if people kiss and tell, they disclose private or confidential information

kiss of death

de kus des doods

the kiss of death is an action that means ruin for someone

kiss something goodbye

zeg maar dag met je handje

when you can kiss something goodbye, you have no chance of getting it

kissing cousin

verre nicht of neef

a kissing cousin is someone you are related to, but not closely

knickers in a twist

druk maken om niets

when your knickers are in a twist, you are angry over something trivial

knight in shining armour

ridder op het witte paard

a knight in shining armour saves you when you are in great trouble

knit your brows

je wenkbrauwen fronsen

if you knit your brows, you frown or look worried

knock 'em dead

veel geluk

knock 'em dead' is used as a way of wishing someone luck

knock about

dreun geven

he knocked his brother about after they argued

knock down

slopen

they knocked down the old church and built a block of flats in its place

knock off

afnokken

we knocked off early on friday to avoid the rush hour queues

knock on wood

hout afkloppen

this is used to wish for good luck ('touch wood' is also used)

knock out

buiten westen slaan

the reigning middleweight champion knocked out the challenger in the fourth round

knock something on the head

iets de kop indrukken

if you knock something on the head, you stop it or stop doing it

knock the pins from under someone

iemand in de steek laten

if someone knocks the pins from under you, they let you down

knock up

zwanger maken of raken

she got knocked up when she was on holiday

knock your socks off

versteld staan

if something knocks your socks off, it amazes you, usually in a positive way

know full well

er zeker van zijn

when you know full well, you are absolutely sure that you know

know the ropes

het klappen van de zweep kennen

someone who is experienced and knows how the system works knows the ropes

know which side one's bread is buttered on

weten waar abraham de mosterd haalt

you know where your interests lie and will act accordingly to protect them

know your place

je plaats kennen

a person who knows their place doesn't try to impose themselves on others

lame duck

aangeschoten wild

if something or someone is a lame duck, they are in trouble

landslide victory

enorme overwinning

a landslide victory is a victory in an election by a very large margin