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2nd Dutch idiom of the week!

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Today I will explain the idiom "Iets aan de grote klok hangen".

Litterally it means “to hang something on the big bell”, but you use this one to say someone says something to really everyone, so everybody knows your or someone else’s secret.

Before, the clocks in churches or in other towers were used to give an alarm signal, if there was, for example, a house on fire. Like that, every one knew there was something going on. Do you get now the meaning of the idiom? If you hang something on the big bell, every one will know it.

Example:

Jolien and Merel, two girls, are talking about the last rumors...

Jolien: Is het waar dat jij op Jens verliefd bent?

Merel: Nee... Wie heeft jou dat verteld?

Jolien: Marie!

Merel: denkt Moest ze dat nu echt weer aan de grote klok hangen?


Jolien: Is it true you have a crush on Jens?

Merel: No... Who has said that to you?

Jolien: Marie!

Merel: thinking Did she really have to tell it to everybody?


Click here if you've missed the first one :)

4 years ago

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SkillsInPills

Naturally FEMALES had to be talking the ones gossiping, because you know males never gossip or spread rumors. Ever. :)

(Seriously though, I like your idioms posts :D)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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Sorryyy, I really didn't mean it like that, it actually really happened last week (but with other names) :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkillsInPills

No harm done, hon! I'm just messing with you :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Whle_
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It wasn't really intended as a sexist remark I believe, it was probably just a random pick of names :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkillsInPills

I know he's not sexist and I wasn't really offended. I was just joking, since I had been reading a feminist analysis of Disney movies.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/laragemell
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Bedankt voor het idioom van de week :) Je verdient een lingot :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/paul.vandi
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Ja een lingot. Bedankt!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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Dank u! Thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jcarlosmjr
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Once again, excellent! Bedankt!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/daowolf

Dank je wel!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heerlijk2014
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Thanks for this explanation, in my native language we have somewhat similar expression :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/davidvdb
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Just out of curiosity, may I ask you what is your native language?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heerlijk2014
Heerlijk2014
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My native language is Bosnian.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Whle_
Whle_
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Bedankt! Deze idiomen zijn nuttig! <3

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