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 in is, is morgen sneu.

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wear your heart on your sleeve

je hart op je tong dragen

someone who wears their heart on their sleeve shows their emotions and feelings publicly

weather a storm

een crisis overwinnen

if you weather a storm, you get through a crisis or hard times

weight off your shoulders

een pak van je hart

when you have relieved yourself of something that has been troubling you

well-heeled

goed voorzien

someone who is well-heeled is rich

well-oiled

in de olie zijn

if someone is well-oiled, they have drunk a lot

well-oiled machine

goed geoliede machine

something that functions very well is a well-oiled machine

were you born in a barn?

in de kerk geboren

if someone asks you this, it means that you forgot to close the door when you came in

wet behind the ears

nog niet droog achter je oren

someone who is wet behind the ears is either very young or inexperienced

wet blanket

koude douche

a wet blanket is someone who tries to spoil other people's fun

wet your whistle

je keel smeren

if you are thirsty and have an alcoholic drink, you wet your whistle

whale of a time

geweldige tijd

if you have a whale of a time, you really enjoy yourself

what can sorry do?

aan sorry heb ik niets

this means that it is not enough to apologise

what can you expect?

dat was te verwachten

what can you expect means that you could have known

what do I know

weet ik veel

when you don't know and don't care

what does that have to do with it?

wat heeft dat er mee te maken?

when someone says something irrelevant to the topic being discussed

what goes around comes around

wie kaatst kan de bal verwachten

if people do bad things to other people, bad things will happen to them

what is the point

waarom zou je

what's the point of going to the cinema when you don't like what's playing

what the heck / hell

wat kan mij het schelen

when you will do something although you know you shouldn't

what the heck! / hell!

wat krijgen we nou!

expression of surprise

what will be will be

wat gebeurt, gebeurt

fate will decide the outcome of a course of events, even if action is taken to try to alter it

what's cooking?

wat is er aan de hand?

when you ask what's cooking it means you want to know what's happening

what's his face

dingetje

used when you can't remember someone's name

what's in a name

wat zegt een naam

famous quote from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet act ii, scene ii, lines 1-2

what's up with

wat is er met

when you ask about something odd

what's up?

hoe gaat het?

this can be used to ask 'what's wrong?' or 'how are you?'

what's your poison?

wat wil je drinken?

this is a way of asking someone what they would like to drink, especially alcohol

what's your take on that?

wat vind jij ervan?

this idiom is way of asking someone for their opinion and ideas

whatever floats your boat

wat je gelukkig maakt

when people say this, they mean that you should do whatever makes you happy

wheels fall off

in duigen vallen

when the wheels fall off something, it goes wrong or fails

when hell freezes over

met sint juttemis

an impossible or very unlikely situation or event