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10 meaningful foreign idioms that can't be translated literally

They say, actions speak louder than words, but some words put together can also sound quite loud. Let's not beat around the bush and take a look at this astonishing list of the most powerful foreign idioms. Their idiomatic meanings will definitely surprise you.



Have you ever heard any of these phrases? Which one surprised you the most? Do you think we should steal any of them? Can you speak any of the above mentioned languages?


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matthew rosa
The Flemish Artist, Bruegel, -In The 15th Century, -Once Painted A Picture Depicting Human Beings Personificating And Enacting More Than FIFTY Dutch And Flemish Old Sayings And Proverbs, Some Of Which are Still Being Spoken, WORLD WIDE, To This Very Day!
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Dec 25, 2017 5:33PM
bina sarmah
I thought Cat in the hat.
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May 25, 2021 6:31PM
jrgrace
Nice to see a little about how others think.
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Feb 24, 2021 6:46PM
Marianne Frederick Halterman
My favorite French idiom is Honte y soit qui mal y pense. (I probably have the spelling/grammar off...it's been awhile).
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Jan 8, 2020 11:03AM
mamsdenmd
much fun... wearing the cat on his head is interesting much like wolf in sheeps clothing....
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Oct 29, 2019 8:27PM
alainsarries
Being French, I tend to notice the English (UK) idioms such as he is pulling my leg, he is on the wagon, he is a right fruit cake, pigs will fly. Also the famous Cockney rhyming slang like he is telling porkies, the trouble and strife etc..Not sure all of these are understood in the US?
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Oct 19, 2019 12:50AM
loreilly
Never heard of any of these! Some made me smile! Very interesting!!
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Oct 12, 2019 9:42AM
Kim B Ley
Interesting, l shall use some of those phrases 😊
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Jul 15, 2019 3:52AM
John Mullin
I know a few French comments...
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Jul 12, 2019 6:23PM
Raymond Cardona
Very interesting Bonnie
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Jun 2, 2019 5:36PM
Linda Evers
Very interesting. I had come across the French idiom 'The carrots are cooked" before but that's probably because I speak French and used it in my working life, I picked up a few French sayings.
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Mar 27, 2019 5:30PM
Karl Hoppe
I really like this cultural stuff. More please.
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Dec 27, 2018 3:25PM
David Brown
Thais have a phrase "Yet pet" which translates exactly as "Fxxk a Duck" and is used in exactly the same way as English use it to express surprise.
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Aug 12, 2018 11:33PM
Beowulf
Great trivia...Another one the French say is: “C’est la bete noir” (literally, “This is the black beast”...meaning “It is a nightmare”)
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May 29, 2018 4:35PM
Virginia Abreu De Paula
Andre Violette, It was used by a TV entertainer called Chacrinha on his TV show. I remember he saying Estrumbica. Not Trumbica. However I know that some people guarantee he used to say trumbica. Both ways are correct in Brazilian Portuguese. Importante to say it is not popular among people in general. Only Chacrinha used to say it and some people repeat what he used to say. Not many people.
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May 22, 2018 12:09AM
Thyamagondlu Siddagangappa Ramaiah
The Idioms and Proverbs whether it is in English or any other languages used to speak and in practice will be worth to follow.
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May 5, 2018 6:03AM

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