A collection of idiomatic expressions in Icelandic with English equivalents and translations.
|Icelandic idioms||English equivalents|
|Allt er gott sem endar vel||All's well that ends well|
|Alveg út að aka||To act crazy
lit. "Totally out driving"
|Bera kápuna á báðum öxlum||To blow hot and cold (to change one's opinion often)
lit. "To bear the coat on both shoulders"
|Bæta gráu ofan á svart||To add insult to injury, to make matters worse
lit. "To add gray on top of black"
|Deila um keisarans skegg||To dispute about trivialities
lit. "To quarrel about the emperor's beard"
|Ég borga bara með reiðufé||Okay, but I don't have to like it
lit. "I only pay with an angry sheep"
|Ég kem alveg af fjöllum||I have no idea what's going on
lit. "I come completely from mountains"
|Enginn verður óbarinn biskup||Practise makes perfect, nothing comes without hard work
lit. "No one becomes a bishop without a beating"
|Fyrr skal ég dauður liggja||Over my dead body|
|Gera úlfalda úr mýflugu||To make a mountain out of a molehill
lit. "To make camels out of the sky"
|Kaupa köttinn í sekknum||To be sold a pig in a poke
lit. "To buy the cat in the sack"
|Peningar vaxa ekki á trjám||Money does not grow on trees|
|Rúsínan í pylsuendanum||The cherry on the cake
lit. "The raisin at the end of the sausage"
|Á milli steins og sleggju||Between a rock and a hard place
Between the devil and the deep blue sea
lit. "Between the stone and the sword"
|Áfram með smjörið||Carry on, Get to work, Keep going
lit. "On with the butter"
|Úr öskunni í eldinn||Out of the frying pan into the fire
lit. "From the ash into the fire"
|Það er betra að hafa vaðið fyrir neðan sig||Better safe than sorry
lit. "It's better to have the ford beneath oneself"
|Þetta er hebreska fyrir mér||It's all Greek to me (I don't understand)
lit. "This is Hebrew to me"
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