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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

lanky kid

lang en dun

a lanky person is often tall and thin with long arms and legs

lap dog


a lap dog is a person who is eager to please another

larger than life

zwaar overdreven

if something is excessive or exaggerated, it is larger than life

last ditch attempt

laatste wanhopige poging

a last-ditch attempt is a desperate attempt that will probably fail anyway

last laugh

wie het laatst lacht, lacht het best

the person who has the last laugh ends up with the advantage after some setbacks

lather yourself up

jezelf goed inzepen

to apply thick soapsuds to your body

laugh a minute

een grapjas

someone who is a laugh a minute is very funny

laugh up your sleeve

in je vuistje lachen

if you laugh up your sleeve, you laugh at someone secretly

laughter is the best medicine

lachen is het beste medicijn

laughing is often helpful for healing, especially emotional healing

law unto yourself

eigen regels bepalen

do what you believe is right regardless of what is accepted as correct

lay down


he got laid down in a turf war about supplying drugs

lay down


the rules of the sport were laid down early in the nineteenth century

lay down the law

de wet voorschrijven

if someone lays down the law, they tell people what to do and are authoritarian

lay into

er van langs geven

his partner laid into him when he arrived two hours late

lay off


the hotel laid off twenty staff because tourist numbers were down

lay on


they laid on a buffet lunch at the conference

lay out


they laid out thousands of pounds on their wedding reception

lazy tyke

een lui varken

a lazy kid

learn the ropes

de trucjes leren

if you are learning the ropes, you are learning how to do something

leave no stone unturned

de onderste steen bovenhalen

if you look everywhere to find something you leave no stone unturned

leave well alone

uit de buurt blijven

if you leave something well alone, you keep a safe distance from it

left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing

de linkerhand weet niet waar de rechterhand me bezig is

this is what you say when actions are uncoordinated

left in the dark

in het duister tasten

when you aren't given the information that you should have

left to your own devices

alleen gelaten worden

if someone is left to their own devices, they can do what they want