Ultimate glossary of German idioms and their English translations

The ultimate glossary of German idioms and their English translations

 
 
Welcome to our ultimate glossary of German idioms and their English translations! Here you will find more than 500 idioms used in German-speaking countries, and their English meanings. For a bit of fun, we’ve also provided the literal translations, which often produce some amusing results.
 

Browse the list, or search for a specific idiom alphabetically or using the search function below. Feel free to search in either German or English. Impress your German-speaking friends or improve your German writing with an idiom that really hits the spot.
 
If you’d like to discuss any of the entries or suggest any new (non-offensive) ones to add, feel free to get in touch via Facebook or Twitter. There you can also check out our German expression of the week, where we provide a fun doodle to illustrate a different idiomatic expression every week.
 
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Coming soon: Our glossary of English idioms and their German translations is currently a work in progress and will be available soon…
 

 

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