Here’s a short list – just 10 examples – of idioms involving places or nationalities
All roads lead to Rome – There can be many different ways of doing something or all the methods of doing something will achieve the same result in the end
Take a French leave – Go away without saying goodbye
It’s all Greek to me – A way of saying that you do not understand something that is said or written. Sometimes we express the same thing by saying that something is double Dutch.
A Mexican standoff – A situation in which there is a deadlock in strategy and neither side can do anything that will ensure victory
Something has more holes than Swiss cheese – Incomplete, lacking important details
Pardon my French – This is a way of apologising for swearing
Rome was not built in a day – Nothing of value has ever been achieved without great effort
Send someone to Coventry – To deliberately ostracise someone. This is done by not talking to them, avoiding their company, and acting as if they no longer exist.
To go Dutch – To split the bill in a restaurant
When in Rome (do as the Romans do) – Follow the examples of the people around you, especially when visiting a place. The second part is often left out.
Happy English learning!!