Slovak idioms

A collection of idiomatic expressions in Slovak with English equivalents and translations.

Idioms English versions
Ak chceš s vlkmi žiť, musíš s nimi vyť If you want to live with wolves you have to howl with them
Ako sa do hory volá, tak sa z hory ozýva What scream goes to the mountain, the same goes back
Božie mlyny melú pomaly, ale isto God's mills are more insured than functional
Ráno múdrejšie večera Morning is wiser than evening = one should sleep well before taking an important decision or starting a difficult task.
Byť v koži niekoho iného To be in the skin of somebody else
Čerstvý ako rybička Fresh as fish
Hodiť flintu do žita To throw the rifle into the corn = to give up
Hrať sa na slepú babu To play on a blind squaw
Chodiť okolo horúcej kaše To walk around hot porridge (beat around the bush)
Je mi to platné ako mŕtvemu kabát This is as useful to me as a coat to the dead
Je to ako hrach na stenu hádzať It is like throwing peas on the wall
Je to pre mňa španielska dedina It is all a Spanish village to me (incomprehensible)
Kto do teba kameňom, ty do neho chlebom Who with a stone into you, you with a bread into him
Kúpiť mačku vo vreci To by a cat in a poke
Liezť na nervy To climb upon nerves
Lož má krátke nohy The lie has short legs
Mám to v malíčku I have got it in my little finger
Mať chrobáka v hlave To have a beetle in one's mind
Mať z pekla šťastie To have a fortune from the hell
Najlepšia obrana je útok Best defence is offence
Tam je pes zakopaný The dog is dug over there
Nemaľuj čerta na stenu Don't paint the devil on the wall
Padli si do oka They fallen into each other's eye
Pokojný ako Angličan Calm as an Englishman
Remeslo má zlaté dno A craft has a golden bottom
Ťahať niekoho za nos To pull one's nose
Vrana k vrane sadá, rovný rovného si hľadá – A crow is sitting by crow, an equal is looking for another equal
Vyšiel na psí tridsiatok He went on a dog's thirties

Slovak idioms compiled by Martina Spidlova

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