Idioms Using Nationalities
a period of calm, warm weather that sometimes happens in the early autumn
We had a few days of Indian summer before the winter came.
the confidence that some people get from drinking alcohol before they do something that needs courage
I will need a bit of Dutch courage before my speech at the party.
to agree to share the cost of something, especially a meal
How about going for dinner at that new restaurant tonight? We'll go Dutch?
a situation in which people on opposite sides threaten each other but neither tries to come to an agreement
The negotiations between the two countries are not progressing and it's becoming a Mexican standoff.
Greek to me
a way of saying that you do not understand something that is said or written
I've tried reading the instruction but it's all Greek to me.
Pardon my French
said when you are pretending to be sorry for using a word that may be considered offensive
If you'll pardon my French, I think he's a *******!
used as a metaphor for mistakes and inaccurate information which comes from rumours of gossip
All this talk about the President resigning is just Chinese Whispers. There's no truth.
Talk for England
when someone can talk for hours and hours
I'm so sorry I'm late. I couldn't get away from Kate, she can talk for England!
Too Many Chiefs and Not Enough Indians
to describe a company where there are too many managers and not enough people doing the actual work
The trouble with that company is that there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
Slow Boat to China
to describe something that is very slow and takes a long time.
Waiting for the pizza was like taking the slow boat to China.