75 (fünfundsiebzig) kick-ass German words/phrases 🇩🇪 | Post 2: Idioms and other figurative expressions 💁 [pt. 2 of 2]

Welcome back to part 2 of my two-part blog post on German idioms!

(it would probably make a lot more sense if you read part 1 first, so if you’d like to read it, please click anywhere within this bracket)

Los geht’s! (here we go!)


General useful idiomatic/figurative phrases

44. nur ein Apfel und ein Ei kosten – to cost very little [to cost an apple and an egg]

45. auf eigene Faust reisen – to travel under one’s own steam [to travel on one’s own fist]

46. wo sich Fuchs und Hase gut Nacht sagen – in the middle of nowhere [where the fox and hare say goodnight]

47. auf großem Fuß leben – to spend a lot of money in order to live in luxury [to live on big feet]

48. Haare auf den Zähnen haben – to be confident; to stand one’s ground [to have hair on one’s teeth]

49. an den Haaren herbeigezogen – far-fetched [drawn up on the hairs]

50. jemandem kein Haar krümmen – to treat someone with care, so nothing bad can happen to them [to not bend someone’s hair]

51. die Katze im Sack kaufen – to buy something without properly examining it first [to buy the cat in the bag]

52. haarscharf – so close [hair-sharp]

53. ein alter Hase sein – to be a person with a lot of experience [to be an old hare]

54. mit Haut und Haar – with much love [with skin and hair]

55. langsam langsam – little by little [slowly slowly]

56. jemandem auf der Nase herumtanzen – to act up with someone [do dance someone on the nose]

57. den Rahmen bilden/abstehen – to set the scene [to form/mark the framework]

58. jemanden im Regen stehen lassen – to leave someone in a difficult situation without helping them [to leave someone standing in the rain]

59. das sind zwei Paar Schuhe – those are two different things which one cannot compare [those are two pairs of shoes]

60. kein Schwein war da – nobody was there [not a pig was there]

61. eine arme Socke sein – to be a pitiable person [to be a poor sock]

62. auf dem neuesten Stand halten – to keep up-to-date [to keep on the newest status]

63. alle Tasse im Schrank haben – to not lose one’s marbles [to have all one’s cups in the cupboard]

64. wie ein Wasserfall reden – to talk nonstop [to talk like a waterfall]

65. es ist mir Wurst – I don’t mind/care [it is sausage to me]


Random objects!

66. die Ohrfeige – box on the ears [earfig]

67. große Onkel – big toe [big uncle]

68. die Partydroge(-n) – recreational drug [party drug]


Things which are perhaps not so good 🙃

69. eine haarige Angelegenheit – a sensitive topic/delicate matter [a hairy matter]

70. blau wie ein Veilchen – drunk as a lord [as blue as a violet]

71. faustdick hinter den Ohren haben – to be a crafty/sly one [to have thick fists behind one’s ears]

72. erhitzte Gemüter – frayed tempers [heated souls]

73. sich in den Haaren haben/liegen or sich in die Haare kriegen – to argue [to have/lie/fight in the hairs]

74. das Komasaufen – binge drinking [coma drinking]

75. die Nase voll haben – to be fed up [to have a full nose]

There we go, 75 German idioms to use in order to sound more like a native! It’s been such a fun experience looking up and exploring all the German idioms for this post, and I hope you have been equally entertained reading it! I honestly feel as though I’ve only just scratched the surface with the wonders of German idioms: there are just so many (and there’s probably an equal amount in English really, which we use every day without even thinking about it)! What’s your favourite German idiom? Are there any more which you think I should have included? If so, please leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you!

Sarah xx


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