Origin of Dutch uncle
usage note for Dutch uncle
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How to use Dutch uncle in a sentence
Same with my uncle and cousins when their planes landed from Vietnam.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall|Matt Gallagher|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The young Jordanian pilot comes from a well-known military family in the kingdom and his uncle is a retired major general.
Between June and October 1943, 4,283 British, 1,303 Dutch, 1,630 Australian, and 88 American soldiers died.
It reminds me of an uncle of mine who said the London Blitz was irritating.
“We are not proponents of Dutch citizens getting involved in the struggle,” says Bahoz Derik of the Dutch Kurdish FedKom network.
The strains of the syren at last woke her uncle, and brought back Miss Hood, who suggested that it was late.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Mrs. Woodbury paints in oils and water-colors; the latter are genre scenes, and among them are several Dutch subjects.
“It means, my dear, that the Dragoons and the 60th will have to teach these impudent rebels a much-needed lesson,” said her uncle.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
She did her work at a most interesting period in Dutch painting.
The stratagem worked, because the ships went about from one tack to the other without being seen by the Dutch.
British Dictionary definitions for Dutch uncle
Other Idioms and Phrases with Dutch uncle
A stern, candid critic or adviser, as in When I got in trouble with the teacher again, the principal talked to me like a Dutch uncle. This expression, often put as talk to one like a Dutch uncle, presumably alludes to the sternness and sobriety attributed to the Dutch. [Early 1800s]