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Best English Idioms for Countries


In this article, we’d like to share some idioms which use the name of countries and nationalities.

If you know any other idiom that fit our list, please share in comments.

1.Indian Summer: a period of warm weather in autumn.

-Both the Uk and Ireland have been enjoying an Indian summer over the past weeks.

2.It’s all Greek to me: it is too hard to understand.

-I don’t understand what he is saying. It is all Greek to me!

3.A Young Turk: a young person who rebels against authority or expectations.

-He was a bit of a young Turk recent years but he’s calmed down nowadays.

4.Pardon my French: used to apologize before swearing.

-Pardon my French but he was a total asshole.

5.Dutch Courage: The courage you get from drinking alcohol.

-I’ll have a couple of drinks to give me Dutch courage.

6.Go Dutch: share the expenses, cost of something, especially a meal, equally.

-She insisted so went Dutch for everything.

7.When in Rome, do as the Romans do: when visiting another country, you should behave like the people there.

-I don’t dance usually but on holiday, well, when in Rome…

8.Take a French leave: to absent without permission.

-Is she sick again or taking another French leave?

9.Talk for England: to talk a lot. a person could win a prize for talking on behalf of their country if there was a competition for talking.

-When she starts talking, she can talk for England.

10.A Mexican Standoff: a situation in which no one emerges a clear winner.

-In the battle over bedtime, the parents and their son are at a Mexican standoff


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