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up to speed

iemand bijpraten

if you bring someone up to speed, you update them on something

up to the eyes

er tot over je oren in zitten

you you are up to your eyes in something, you are deeply involved

up to the neck

er tot aan je nek in zitten

if someone's in something up to the neck, they are very involved in it

up with the lark

voor dag en dauw opstaan

if you get up very early, you're up with the lark

upper crust

top laag

the upper crust are the upper classes and the establishment

upper hand

in het voordeel zijn

if you have the upper hand, you have the advantage

upset the apple cart

mensen shockeren

if you upset the apple cart, you cause trouble and upset people

use up

opmaken

we used up all the olive oil

vale of tears

tranendal

this vale of tears is the world and the suffering that life brings

velvet glove

fluwelen handschoen

a person who appears gentle, but is determined and inflexible underneath

vent your spleen

jezelf uiten

if someone vents their spleen, they release all their anger about something

vicious circle

vicieuze cirkel

a vicious circle is a sequence of events that make each other worse

virgin territory

onontgonnen gebied

if something is virgin territory, it hasn't been explored before

vote down

wegstemmen

the new government bill was voted down in parliament

vote for

stemmen op

vote for clever dick as our new prime minister!

vote into

iemand ergens in stemmen

she was voted into the local council for the second time running

vote out of

iemand wegstemmen

he was voted out of the local council after the sex scandal

wait for

wachten op (uk)

he's waiting for a friend

wait on

wachten op (usa)

he's waiting on a friend

wait on

bedienen

they have two waiters waiting on each table

wait up

opblijven

don't wait up, I'll be home late tonight

waiting in the wings

in de coulissen klaar staan

be in the background, but nearby, ready to act on short notice

wake up and smell the coffee

wakker worden

when someone doesn't realise what is really happening, you tell them to wake up and smell the coffee

walk a fine line

op je tenen lopen

if you have to walk a fine line, you have to be very careful not to anger people

walk a mile in my shoes

in andermans schoenen staan

you should try to understand someone before criticizing them

walk a tightrope

op je tenen lopen

you have to be very careful not to anger people who could become enemies

walk in the park

een eitje

an undertaking that is easy is a walk in the park the opposite is also true - 'no walk in the park'

walk on eggshells

op eieren lopen

you have to be very careful because they get angry or offended very easily

walk the green mile

op het onvermijdelijke afstevenen

someone or something that is walking the green mile is heading towards the inevitable

walk the plank

zijn ondergang tegemoet

if someone walks the plank, they are going toward their own destruction or downfall