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.

zoek een uitdrukking:


turn off


I turned the tv off and went to bed

turn on


I turned the radio on to get the weather forecast

turn on


he really turns me on

turn on

zich keren tegen

the neighbour's dog turned on me when I tried to stroke it

turn out

komen opdraven

thousand turned out for the demonstration

turn out

goed / slecht gaan

it looked as if we were going to fail, but it turned out well in the end

turn out


the factory turns out three thousand units a day

turn out

licht uitdoen

she turned out the lights and went to bed

turn over


the court ordered the company to turn over their financial records

turn over


he told his girlfriend to turn over

turn something on its head

iets ondersteboven keren

if you turn something on its head, you turn it upside down or reverse it

turn the other cheek

de andere wang toekeren

if you turn the other cheek, you are humble and do not retaliate

turn to

beroep doen op

she had nobody to turn to when her husband died

turn up


she didn't turn up for class today

turn up

hoger / harder zetten

I turned the music up full blast

turn up your nose at

je neus ophalen voor

show contempt

turn your nose up

je neus ophalen voor iets

look down on something because they think it is not good enough

twenty-four seven


twenty-four seven or 24/7 means all the time, coming from 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

twinkling of an eye

in een oogwenk

if something happens in the twinkling of an eye, it happens very quickly

twist someone's arm


put pressure ons someone to try to make them do what you want them to do

two can play at that game

ik pak je terug

if a person does something to harm you, you can do the same thing to them



someone who is two-faced will say one thing to your face and another when you're not there


180 graden draaien

if a government changes its position radically on an issue it's a u-turn

ugly as a stick

lelijk als de nacht

if someone is as ugly as a stick, they are very ugly indeed

ugly duckling

lelijk eendje

a child who shows little promise, but who develops later into a real talent or beauty

uncalled for

moet dat nou?

if someone does something bad without consideration for another's feelings

uncharted waters

onbekend terrein

if you're in uncharted waters, you are in a situation that is unfamiliar to you

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam is the government of the USA

under a cloud

onder verdenking

if someone is suspected of having done something wrong, they are under a cloud

under false colours

onder valse voorwendselen

if someone does something under false colours, they pretend to be something they are not