Country Idioms

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  • Take French leave

Eg: The driver had taken French leave

  • To go Dutch

Eg: Sally said she wouldn’t let a man pay for her meal on a first date. She prefers to go Dutch.

  • Dutch courage

Eg: I think I’ll have a glass of whiskey for Dutch courage before I ask that girl if she wants to dance with me.

  • It’s all Greek to me

Eg: I tried to watch a TV show about physics last night, but I gave up. It was all Greek to me.

  • Chinese whispers

Eg: All this talk about the President resigning is just Chinese whispers. There’s no truth to this rumour at all.

  • A Mexican Standoff

Eg: There seems to be a Mexican standoff in the talks as neither the buyer or seller can agree on a price.

  • When in Rome (do as Romans do)

Eg: I don’t love cotton candy, but we are at a carnival. When in Rome, right?

  • Talk for England

Eg: I’m so sorry I’m late. I couldn’t get away from Linda. She can talk for England!

  • Indian Summer (UK)

Eg: Much as I love this Indian Summer,  I wish we had this warm weather in the summer rather than in October…

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