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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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worm information

informatie ontfutselen

persuade someone to tell something they wanted to keep from you

worse for wear

tot de draad versleten

if something's worse for wear, it has been used for a long time and isn't in very good condition

worse things happen at sea

het kan altijd erger

a way of telling someone not to worry so much about their problems

worth a shot

wie weet wordt het wat

if something is worth a shot, it is worth trying as there is some chance of success

wouldn't touch it with a bargepole

ik kijk wel uit

you don't consider being involved under any circumstances

write down


I wrote her mobile number down and then lost it

write in


they asked viewers to write in with their opinions and suggestions

write off


he wrote the car off in an accident on the motorway

write out


he wrote the car off in an accident on the motorway

write up


I wrote up the report and submitted it

writing on the wall

dat wordt helemaal niets

if the writing's on the wall for something, it is doomed to fail

written all over your face

het staat op je voorhoofd geschreven

if someone has done something wrong or secret, but cannot hide it in their expression

X factor

x factor

the dangers for soldiers, for which they get extra pay, are known as the x factor

X marks the spot

bij het kruisje

this is used to say where something is located or hidden

X rated

voor 18 en ouder

x rated movies are restricted to 18 years and older

yah boo sucks

jammer dan

yah boo & yah boo sucks means that you have no sympathy with someone

yellow press


the yellow press is a term for the popular and sensationalist newspapers

yellow streak


if someone has a yellow streak, they are cowardly about something



a yellow-bellied person is a coward



someone who always agrees with people in authority is a yes-man

yesterday's man or woman

iemand die niet meer belangrijk is

someone whose career is over is yesterday's man or woman

yield to

overgeven aan

I tried to resist, but I yielded to temptation and ate all the ice cream

you are what you eat

je bent wat je eet

this is used to stress the importance of a good diet as a key to good health

you can bet your bottom dollar

je kan er donder op zeggen

you can bet your bottom dollar that it's going to rain when I go out

you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar

je vangt meer vliegen met stroop dan met azijn

it's easier to persuade people if you are polite than if you are confrontational

you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family

je kan je familie niet uitzoeken

some things you can choose, some you can't, so make the best of what you have

you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink

je kan iemand niet dwingen

you can offer something to someone, but you cannot make them take it

you can say that again

zeg dat wel

if you agree strongly with someone, you can say 'you can say that again'

you can't have cake and the topping, too

je kan niet alles hebben

you can't have everything the way you want it

you can't have your cake and eat it

van tweeën een

you can't have things both ways