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Arabic to English Idioms / Maxims / Sayings Translation Glossary

Arabic term English translation
يتوهش loses his way / gets lost
Entered by: Dareth Pray
يا سيدي علي التظبيط What a fabulous settlement! / An unbelievable settlement!
Entered by: Morano El-Kholy
يشحذون الهمم sharpening the mettle
فيما يفيد وينفع وليس فيما يضر in what is useful not harmful
أرتني النجوم في الظهر It drove me nuts | It made me at sixes and sevens
انقشع الهم anxiety/dread lifted/dissipated
اعد الخزانه ولا جوزاه الندامه "It’s better to be single than to wish you were" OR "It's better to be single than to be married to the wrong person"
flag state الدولة التي ترفع السفينة علمها
Entered by: Sami Khamou
half a loaf is better than none ساقية جارية خير من نهر مقطوع
transhipment state دولة (ترانزيت) تم من خلالها التهريب عبر النقل من سفينة إلى أخرى
Entered by: Randa Farhat
يَغُضّ الطّرْف Turn a blind eye
Entered by: Lamis Maalouf
يوم اليتيم Orphans Day
يلبس طاقية ده لطاقية ده rob Peter to pay Paul
يميز ما بين الألف وكوز الذُرة can barely read
يمسك بكل خيوط اللعبة pull all the strings
Entered by: Muhammad Atallah
يا برص بخيت الملح لية kindly see explanation
ياست الكل a jewel among women
يخطف الألباب captivating/mesmerizing/enchanting/breath-taking
يسهر stay up late
يعيش على الفطرة live by nature
يعلي مراتبه Elevate his status/ standing
Entered by: Omnia Abulgar
يعرضون علينا حنطه ويبيعونه شعير they sell us a pig in a poke
في قرارة نفسه deep inside himself
Entered by: hassan zekry
في غنى عن does not need to
فتحت عليه ابواب الجحيم all hell broke loose (on him)
Entered by: Omnia Abulgar
فظلم ذوي القربى أشدّ مضاضةً Injustice coming from next of kin is even more (bitter) harsh
كوبا كبسة In your face.
Entered by: Morano El-Kholy
كل يغني على ليلاه each marching to the beat of their own drum/mer
كل إناء بما فيه ينضح What's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh/blood
كأن علي رؤوسهم الطير they stood motionless
كاكا وكلبوه وتشب بالماي A Kurd, his dog, and dirty water are the same
Entered by: Lamis Maalouf
كالفرق As the difference between ....
Entered by: Morano El-Kholy
كبرى الدى Get over it!
كسر أنوف المتعالين give the conceited/bumptious a bloody nose
ويل للشجي من الخلي Woe to the distressed person from the untroubled one
وكالة من غير بواب a place where anyone can just walk in
ولد وفي فمه ملعقة من ذهب Born with a silver spoon in his/her mouth
ولسه ياما فى الجراب ياحاوى many tricks up their sleeve
والنبى عربى Arabic rules / Arabic is king
ورقه محروقه Dead card
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