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
Maria Viegas
Very interesting
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Sep 22, 2018 4:38PM
viswanathanks
Interesting.
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Aug 31, 2018 11:00AM
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
Helle Tupholme
Interesting
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Jul 12, 2018 10:19PM
Gloria Bailey
Thanks.
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Jun 23, 2018 7:16PM
Sonia Ackhurst
????? - I needed this?
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Jun 14, 2018 10:22PM
Gale McCoy
I really enjoyed this!
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Jun 12, 2018 4:42PM
Marcy Youker
No, never
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Jun 1, 2018 3:43PM
Frances Britton
Interesting
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Jun 1, 2018 4:38AM
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
John Speelman
Dutch
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May 19, 2018 4:58PM
Barb Horban
Interesting
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May 14, 2018 6:37AM
Haldane Rowan
Interesting, thanks.
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May 10, 2018 5:01PM
Trixie Pettman-South
VERY INFORMATIVE THANK YOU.
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May 10, 2018 2:57AM

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