- 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…