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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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walking on air

met je hoofd in de wolken lopen

if you are walking on air, you are so happy that you feel as if you could float

wallflower

excuustruus

a woman given an unimportant position so that government can pretend it takes women seriously

war chest

oorlogskas

a war chest is a fund that can be used to finance a campaign

war of words

woordenstrijd

a war of words is a bitter argument between people or organisations

warm the cockles of your heart

je hart goed doen

if something warms the cockles of your heart, it makes you feel happy

warpath

oorlogspad

be very angry about something and do anything to get things sorted

warts and all

met alle fouten van iemand

if you like someone warts and all, you like them with all their faults

wash away

wegspoelen

the stall on the beach was washed away in the storm last night

wash down

wegspoelen

I washed the antibiotics down with a glass of water

wash out

wegspoelen

the rain washed out the championship final

wash over

overspoelen

he felt numb as grief washed over him

wash up

aanspoelen

after the crash, several bodies washed up on the beach

wash your hands of something

je handen afhouden van

you disassociate yourself and accept no responsibility for what will happen

waste not, want not

wie spaart heeft wat

if you don't waste things, you are less likely to end up lacking

waste of skin

totaal overbodig

if a person is referred to as a 'waste of skin', it means he is not worth very much

watch grass grow

dodelijk saai

if something is like watching grass grow, it is really boring

watch out

kijk uit

watch out- there's ice on the road

watch out for

pas op

watch out for bats in the caves; many have rabies

watch over

letten op

the lecturer watched over the students as they did the experiment

watching paint dry

oersaai

if something is like watching paint dry, it is really boring

water off a duck's back

van je afglijden

if criticism is like water off a duck's back, people aren't affected by it in the slightest

water under the bridge

zand erover

something that belongs to the past and isn't important any more

watering hole

kroeg

a watering hole is a pub

watery grave

verdronken

if someone has gone to a watery grave, they have drowned

way to go

goed zo

way to go means you have done well

weak at the knees

slappe knieën

if people go weak at the knees, they have an emotional reaction to something

wear a plastic smile

een neplach

when people appear to be happier than they actually are

wear away

slijten

the lawn has been worn away by people walking across it

wear belt and braces

zonder risico

someone who wears belt and braces is very cautious and takes no risks

wear down

afpeigeren

the stress of my job is wearing me down