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think outside the box

buiten de kaders denken

if you think outside the box, you think in an imaginative and creative way

think over

nadenken over

I thought it over and made up my mind

think the world of

hoog achten

to hold something or someone in very high esteem to love or admire immensely

think through


the plan failed because it wasn't thought through properly

think up


i'd better think up a good reason for being late

third degree

de duimschroeven aandraaien

if someone is given the third degree, they are put under a great deal of pressure to tell the truth

third time's the charm

drie keer is scheepsrecht

this is used when the third time one tries something, one achieves a successful outcome

this, that and the other

zus en zo

she went on and on about this, that and the other

thorn in your side

blok aan je been

a thorn in your side is someone or something that makes life difficult for you

three sheets to the wind

kachel zijn

if someone is three sheets to the wind, they are (very) drunk

thrilled to bits

heel erg blij

if you are thrilled to bits, you are extremely pleased or excited about something

through thick and thin

door dik en dun

support someone during good times and bad

throw a sickie

je ziek melden

if you pretend to be ill to take a day off work or school, you throw a sickie

throw caution to the wind

een waarschuwing in de wind slaan

when people throw caution to the wind, they take a great risk

throw down the gauntlet

de handschoen werpen

throw down the gauntlet is to issue a challenge to somebody

throw in the towel

de handdoek in de ring gooien

if you throw in the towel, you admit that you are defeated or cannot do something

throw someone in at the deep end

iemand in het diepe gooien

deal with serious issues the moment you start something

throw someone to the wolves

iemand voor de wolven gooien

if someone is thrown to the wolves, they have to face trouble on their own

throw the baby out with the bath water

het kind met het badwater weggooien

if you get rid of useful things when doing away with unimportant things

throw the book at someone

iemand een stevig straffen

if you throw the book at someone, you punish them as severely as possible

throw your weight around

op je strepen staan

use your authority to get what you want

thumb your nose at

je neus ophalen voor iets

if you thumb your nose at something, you reject it or scorn it

tickle your fancy

prikkelt je zintuigen

if something tickles your fancy, it appeals to you and you want to try it or have it

tie the knot

in het huwelijksbootje stappen

when people tie the knot, they get married

tied to your mother's apron strings

aan moeders rokken hangen

a child (often a boy) who is so used to his mother's care that he can't do anything on his own

tighten your belt

de broekriem aanhalen

if you have to tighten your belt, you have to economise

till the cows come home

tot sint juttemis

i'm sure you can wait for your money till the cows come home

till you're blue in the face

tot je erbij neervalt

do something repeatedly without achieving the desired result until you're incredibly frustrated

time and again

keer op keer

if something happens time and again, it happens repeatedly

time flies

de tijd vliegt

this idiom means that time moves quickly and often unnoticed