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.

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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

under fire

onder vuur

if someone is being attacked and criticised heavily, they are under fire

under lock and key

achter slot en grendel

if something is under lock and key, it is stored very securely

under the radar

niet opmerken

if something slips under the radar, it isn't detected or noticed

under the table

onder tafel

bribes or illegal payments are often described as money under the table

under the weather

jezelf niet lekker voelen

if you are feeling a bit ill, sad or lack energy, you are under the weather

under the wire

op het laatste moment

if a person does something under the wire, they do it at the last possible moment

under your breath


if you say something under your breath, you whisper or say it very quietly

under your nose

onder je neus

if something happens right in front of you it happens under your nose

under your skin


if someone gets under your skin, they really annoy you

under your thumb

onder je duim

someone who is manipulated by another person is under his or her thumb

up a river without a paddle

roeien met de riemen die je hebt

you are in an unfortunate situation and with none of the resources to remedy the matter

up and running

naar behoren functioneren

when something is operating normally

up for grabs

voor het grijpen

if something is up for grabs, it is available and whoever is first will get it

up in the air

in de lucht hangen

if a matter is up in the air, no decision has been made and there is uncertainty about it

up the creek

zwaar in de problemen zitten

if someone or something is up the creek, they are in real trouble

up the duff


if a woman is up the duff, she's pregnant

up the spout

verkeerd gaan

if something has gone up the spout, it has gone wrong or been ruined

up the stick


if a woman is up the stick, she's pregnant