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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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make off with


he tried to make it up to her, but she wouldn't speak to him

make out

doen alsof

he made out that he was ill so that he didn't have to go to school

make out


they were making out at the party last night

make the grade

aan de eisen voldoen

it's still no good I doubt if it will ever make the grade

make up


they made up an excuse for being late

make up

ruzie bijleggen

they are always arguing, but they make up again very quickly

make up


she went to the bathroom to make her face up

make up for


I sent her a present to try to make up for my appalling behaviour

make waves

problemen veroorzaken

if someone makes waves, they cause a lot of trouble

make with

kom op met

make with the money you owe me!

make your hair stand on end

haren rijzen ten berge

if something makes your hair stand on end, it terrifies you

make your toes curl

doet de tenen krommen

it makes you feel very uncomfortable, shocked or embarrassed

make yourself scarce

maak dat je wegkomt

go away, especially to avoid trouble

many hands make light work

vele handen maken licht werk

when everyone gets involved in something, the work gets done quickly

many happy returns

nog vele jaren

this expression is used to wish someone a happy birthday

mark my words

let op mijn woorden

when a speaker is saying something he things will happen in the future

matter of life and death

zaak van leven en dood

if something is a matter of life and death, it is extremely important

meet someone halfway

iemand tegemoet komen

if you meet someone halfway, you accept some of their ideas and make concessions

meet your expectations

aan de verwachting voldoen

when something is as as good as you thought it would be

meet your match

je gelijke ontmoeten

meet a person who is at least as good if not better than you

melting pot


a melting pot is a place where people from many ethnicities live together

memory like a sieve

geheugen als een vergiet

if somebody can't remember things and quickly forgets

memory like an elephant

geheugen als een olifant

when a person has a very good memory indeed

millstone round your neck

blok aan je been

a millstone around your neck is a problem that prevents you from doing what you want to do

mince words

de boel verdraaien

if people mince their words, they don't say what they really mean clearly

mind your own beeswax

let op je eigen zaken

people should mind their own business

mind your p's and q's

je goed gedragen

when you are careful about the way you behave and are polite

mint condition

in prima conditie

if something is in mint condition, it is in perfect condition

misery guts


a misery guts is a person who's always unhappy and tries to make others feel negative

miss the boat

de boot missen

if you miss the boat, you are too late to take advantage of an opportunity