Nugget of Knowledge: Idioms around the world

"Pour water over someone's head" means to end a relationship

Nugget of Knowledge

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – We have plenty of idioms in the English language: let the cat out of the bag, once in a blue moon and on the ball.

Other languages have their expressions, too that might sound strange to our ears.

Germany: “You have tomatoes on your eyes.”

It means everyone can see the truth of what’s going on but you.

Argentina: “You’re looking for the fifth leg of the cat.”

You’re looking for something that isn’t there. You’ll never find it.

Portugal: “Pay the duck.”

Take the blame for something you didn’t do.

Poland: “Did you fall from a Christmas Tree?”

You’re not well informed. Don’t you know what’s going on?

Canada: “Apple singing.”


Finland: “Let the frog out of the mouth.”

Say the wrong thing.

Italy: “A dog in church.”

An unwanted guest.

Sri Lanka: “Pour water over someone’s head.”

To end a relationship.

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