Nationality or ethnicity Idioms (Page 1)

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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 walls
Chinese 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 auction
If 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 courage
Dutch courage is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much.
Dutch treat
If something like a meal is a Dutch treat, then each person pays their own share of the bill.
Dutch uncle
A Dutch uncle is a person who gives unwelcome advice.
Dutch wife
A 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 leave
To take French leave is to leave a gathering without saying goodbye or without permission.
French letter
A French letter is a condom.
Go Dutch
If you go Dutch in a restaurant, you pay equal shares for the meal.
Good Samaritan
A good Samaritan is a persoon wh helps others in need.
Greek to me
If 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 apologising for swearing.
Indian file
If people walk in Indian file, they walk in a line one behind the other.
Indian giver
An Indian giver gives something, then tries to take it back.
Indian summer
If there is a period of warmer weather in late autumn, it is an Indian summer.
Keep the flag flying
If you keep the flag flying, you continue to support something, especially when it is not popular to do so.
Like Chinese arithmetic
If something is complicated and hard to understand, it's like Chinese arithmetic.
Mexican standoff
When 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 cheese
If something has more holes than a Swiss cheese, it is incomplete,and lacks many parts.
Perfidious Albion
England is known to some as perfidious Albion, implying that it is not trustworthy in its dealings with foreigners.
Scotch Mist
The phrase 'Scotch mist' is used humorously to refer to something that is hard to find or doesn't exist - something imagined.
Slow boat to China
This idiom is used to describe something that is very slow and takes a long time.
Spanish practices
Unauthorized working methods that benefit those who follow them are Spanish practices.
Stars and stripes
The stars and stripes is the American flag.
Too many chiefs and not enough Indians
When there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians, there are too many managers and not enough workers to work efficiently.
Walk Spanish
If you walk someone Spanish, you physically force them to leave a place or discharge them.
Young Turk
A Young Turk is a young person who is rebellious and difficult to control in a company, team or organisation.

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