Dutch

[ duhch ]
/ dʌtʃ /
|

adjective

noun


Idioms

    go Dutch, Sometimes Offensive. to have each person pay his or her own expenses: a dinner where everyone goes Dutch.Also go dutch.
    in Dutch, Sometimes Offensive. in trouble or disfavor (with someone): in Dutch with the teacher for disturbing the class.

Origin of Dutch

1350–1400; Middle English Duch < Middle Dutch duutsch Dutch, German(ic); cognate with Old High German diutisc popular (language) (as opposed to learned Latin), translation of Latin (lingua) vulgāris popular (language)

Related formspre-Dutch, adjectivepseu·do-Dutch, adjective

Usage note

The idioms go Dutch (related to Dutch treat ) and in Dutch (which uses Dutch to mean “trouble”) are both sometimes perceived as insulting to or by the Dutch. In addition, the adjective Dutch is found in a few other set phrases ( Dutch courage, Dutch gold, and Dutch uncle ) in which it implies that something Dutch is not authentic. Although insulting a particular person or nationality may be unintentional, it is best to be aware that use of these terms is sometimes perceived as offensive to or by the Dutch.

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British Dictionary definitions for in dutch

dutch

/ (dʌtʃ) /

noun

Cockney slang wife

Word Origin for dutch

C19: short for duchess

Dutch

/ (dʌtʃ) /

noun

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of the Netherlands, its inhabitants, or their language

adverb

go Dutch informal to share expenses equally
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Word Origin and History for in dutch

Dutch

adj.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with in dutch

in Dutch

In trouble or disfavor, as in If I don't finish on time I'll really be in Dutch. This expression may allude to the stern reprimands of a Dutch uncle. [Slang; c. 1850]

Dutch

In addition to the idioms beginning with Dutch

  • Dutch courage
  • Dutch treat
  • Dutch uncle

also see:

  • beat all (the Dutch)
  • double Dutch
  • in Dutch
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