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Edustation's blog > Idioms Using Nationalities

Idioms Using Nationalities

Added by Tomasz H. 20 May 2015 in category: English, Lexicon

Indian Summer

a period of calm, warm weather that sometimes happens in the early autumn

We had a few days of Indian summer before the winter came.

Dutch Courage

the confidence that some people get from drinking alcohol before they do something that needs courage

I will need a bit of Dutch courage before my speech at the party.

Go Dutch

to agree to share the cost of something, especially a meal

How about going for dinner at that new restaurant tonight? We'll go Dutch?

Mexican Standoff

a situation in which people on opposite sides threaten each other but neither tries to come to an agreement

The negotiations between the two countries are not progressing and it's becoming a Mexican standoff.

Greek to me

a way of saying that you do not understand something that is said or written

I've tried reading the instruction but it's all Greek to me.


Pardon my French

said when you are pretending to be sorry for using a word that may be considered offensive

If you'll pardon my French, I think he's a *******!


Chinese Whispers

used as a metaphor for mistakes and inaccurate information which comes from rumours of gossip

All this talk about the President resigning is just Chinese Whispers. There's no truth.


Talk for England

when someone can talk for hours and hours

I'm so sorry I'm late. I couldn't get away from Kate, she can talk for England!


Too Many Chiefs and Not Enough Indians

to describe a company where there are too many managers and not enough people doing the actual work

The trouble with that company is that there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.


Slow Boat to China

to describe something that is very slow and takes a long time.

Waiting for the pizza was like taking the slow boat to China.

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