nationality idioms


HYPERLINK "https://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/an+englishman%27s+home+is+his+castle.html" An Englishman's home is his castle
(UK) This means that what happens in a person's home or private life is their business and should not be subject to outside interference.
Chinese wallsChinese walls are regulatory information barriers that aim to stop the flow of information that could be misused, especially in financial corporations.
Chinese whispers(UK) When a story is told from person to person, especially if it is gossip or scandal, it inevitably gets distorted and exaggerated. This process is called Chinese whispers.
Double Dutch(UK) If something is double Dutch, it is completely incomprehensible.
Dutch auctionIf 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.
Dutch courageDutch courage is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much.
Dutch treatIf something like a meal is a Dutch treat, then each person pays their own share of the bill.
Dutch uncleA Dutch uncle is a person who gives unwelcome advice.
Dutch wifeA Dutch wife is a long pillow or a hot water bottle.
For England(UK) A person who talks for England, talks a lot- if you do something for England, you do it a lot or to the limit.
French leaveTo take French leave is to leave a gathering without saying goodbye or without permission.
French letterA French letter is a condom.
Go DutchIf you go Dutch in a restaurant, you pay equal shares for the meal.
Good SamaritanA good Samaritan is a person who helps others in need.
Greek to meIf you don't understand something, it's all Greek to you.
If you'll pardon my French(UK) This idiom is used as a way of apologizing for swearing.
Indian fileIf people walk in Indian file, they walk in a line one behind the other.
Indian giverAn Indian giver gives something, then tries to take it back.
Indian summerIf there is a period of warmer weather in late autumn, it is an Indian summer.
Like Chinese arithmeticIf something is complicated and hard to understand, it's like Chinese arithmetic.
Mexican standoffWhen there is a deadlock in strategy and neither side can do anything that will ensure victory, it's a Mexican standoff.
More holes than Swiss cheeseIf something has more holes than a Swiss cheese, it is incomplete, and lacks many parts.
Perfidious AlbionEngland is known to some as perfidious Albion, implying that it is not trustworthy in its dealings with foreigners.
Scotch MistThe phrase 'Scotch mist' is used humorously to refer to something that is hard to find or doesn't exist - something imagined.
Slow boat to ChinaThis idiom is used to describe something that is very slow and takes a long time.
Spanish practicesUnauthorized working methods that benefit those who follow them are Spanish practices.
Stars and stripesThe stars and stripes is the American flag.
Too many chiefs and not enough IndiansWhen there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians, there are too many managers and not enough workers to work efficiently.
Walk SpanishIf you walk someone Spanish, you physically force them to leave a place or discharge them.
Young TurkA Young Turk is a young person who is rebellious and difficult to control in a company, team or organisation.

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