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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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an opportunity

een gat in de markt

an idea that could be a commercial success

an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

voorkomen is beter dan genezen

it is better to try to avoid problems in the first place

and all that jazz

de hele ratteplan

this idiom means that everything related or similar is included

and so on and so forth

en zo verder

and so on and so forth means the same as etcetera (etc)

angry about

boos over

what are you so angry about?

angry at

boos op

she was really angry at me

angry with

boos op

he was so incredibly angry with me

answers on a postcard


the answer to something is very obvious

ants in your pants

geen rust in je kont

jeez pete, sit still or do you have ants in your pants?

anxious about

ongerust over

they were anxious about their son's trip to amsterdam

anxious for


all parties were anxious for a solution to the problem

anxious to

graag willen

she's anxious to find a new job

any port in a storm

nood breekt wet

in an emergency any solution will do, even one that would normally be unacceptable

apologise for

verontschuldigen voor

you apologised for what?

apologise to

verontschuldigen bij

you must apologise to Darryl, not to me, dear

apple of your eye


someone that is very special to you is the 'apple of your' eye

apron strings

aan de rok hangen

a man who is tied to a woman's apron strings is very dependent on her

arm and a leg


if something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive

armchair critic

de beste stuurlui staan aan wal

someone who offers advice but never shows that they could do any better

armed to the teeth

tot de tanden toe gewapend

if people are armed to the teeth, they have lots of weapons

around the clock

de klok rond

open 24 hours a day for example, an airport is open around the clock

arrive at

aankomen bij

what time did we arrive at school?

arrive in

aankomen in

it took us 9 hours to arrive in rome

as a rule


if you do something as a rule, then you usually do it

as blind as a bat

zo blind als een mol

without her specs, she is as blind as a bat

as cold as ice


a person who does not show any emotion

as cold as stone


if a person is as cold as stone, they are unemotional

as cool as a cucumber

een koele kikker

steve never backs off, he is as cool as cucumber

as daft as a brush

zo gek als een deur

you're as daft as a brush when you do something really silly

as drunk as a lord

dronken als een maleier

someone who is very drunk is as drunk as a lord