United-Kingdom – Ireland – Nationality-Related Idioms
- An Englishman’s home is his castle
This means that what happens in a person’s home or private life is their business and should not be subject to outside interference.
A person who talks for England, talks a lot- if you do something for England, you do it a lot or to the limit.
Used when something is incomprehensible
Go to a restaurant and share the bill
Have an alcoholic drink to give you confidence or take away the nerves
If something is sold by setting a price, then reducing it until someone buys it, it is sold in a Dutch auction. It can also mean that something is changed until it is accepted by everyone.
If something like a meal is a Dutch treat, then each person pays their own share of the bill.
A feast known for the host getting drunk before the guests.
A public picnic where the participants bring in their own food contrary to public picnics where the organizers are responsible to provide the food
A Dutch wife is a long pillow or a hot water bottle.
A Dutch uncle is a person who gives unwelcome advice.
Pardon my French
An apology for swearing
To take French leave
To leave without saying “Goodbye”
A french shower
To spray oneself with deodorant instead of washing
A French kiss
To kiss with tongue
A french letter
Unauthorized working methods that benefit those who follow them are Spanish practices.
If you walk someone Spanish, you physically force them to leave a place or discharge them.
It’s all Greek to me!
It is not understandable
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts
Don’t trust your enemies. An allusion to the story of the wooden horse of Troy, used by the Greeks to trick their way into the city.
A young Turk
A young person eager for radical change to the established order
To get goosebumps or to try quitting a bad habit