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Welsh Idioms

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Idiom Translation Meaning
Mae e'n Gwybod Hyd ei Gyrn
He knows the length of his horns
He knows his own strengths and weaknesses
Rwy'n barod i roi'r ffidil yn y tô
I'm ready to put the fiddle in the roof
I'm ready to give up
Wy'n teimlo fel tynnu blewyn o'i drwyn
I feel like pulling a hair from his nose
I feel like doing something nasty to him
Rhuthrodd ef i'r ty gyda ei wynt yn ei ddwrn
He rushed into the house with his breath in his fist
in a great hurry
O dan yr ordd
Under the sledge hammer
being oppressed
Oriau man y bore The small hours of the morning Early hours of the morning
Mae'r esgid yn gwasgu
The shoe is very tight
Money is scarce
Cymerwch ofal rhag ofn i chi brynu cath mewn cwd
Take care lest you buy a cat in a sack
pig in a poke
Mae hi’n bwrw hen wragedd a ffyn / cyllyll a ffyrc
It’s raining old ladies and sticks / knives and forks
cats and dogs
Dim yn yr un cae Not in the same field
can't be compared in terms of quality or skills = Not in the same league
Rhoi halen ar ei gynffon Put salt on his tail Tell someone off for doing something naughty.
Yn cerdded yn ling di long To dilly dally To loiter or walk casually
Mae'n draed moch arna fi There is pigs feet on me. I've made a mess or in a mess about something I've done
Mae fe'n lladd gwair He is mowing hay He is killing time
Mae fo'n finny fowt He is half in and half out He can't make up his mind
Heb ei fai , heb ei eni without its blame, without its name Everyone has their faults = no one's perfect
Roedd hi'n berwi fel cawl pys She was boiling like pea soup She was chattering/talking incessantly.
Dyfal donc a dyr y garreg If you keep on tapping , the stone with break Keep going and you’ll get there in the end
Llyncu mul To swallow a mule To sulk
Mae hi'n gafael She holds it is cold
Deuparth gwaith yw ei ddechrau Two thirds of the work is starting Once you’ve started you’re two thirds done
Mor ddu a bol buwch As dark as a cows stomach Its pitch black
Ar gefn ei geffyl gwyn On the back of his white horse full of mischief
Tynnu nyth cacwn ar fy mhen To pull a wasp's nest on my head to do or say something that upsets a lot of people at the same time.
Fel  hwch ar y rhew
Like a pig on ice
You look silly
Mae'r hwch yn mynd trwy'r siop The sow is going through the shop The place is going to rack and ruin
Fel iar yn y glaw
Like a hen in the rain
You look silly
Mae e'n cysgu llwynog He is fox sleeping. He is pretending to be asleep
Gwyn y gwel y fran ei chyw The crow sees its chicks as being pure Parents always sees their children as perfect
Paid codi pais ar ol piso Don't raise your pettycoat after peeing Don't cry over spilt milk
Mae hi wedi llyncu pry She has swallowed a fly She has become pregnant
Cynnal tan mewn hen aelwyd To light a fire in an old fireplace To start dating an old flame
Mae e/hi'n llygaid ei le He/she is in the eye of his/her place He/she is totally correct
Cicio'r dorth
to kick the loaf
to leave a job in a rash manner
Y cyntaf i'r felin gaiff falu The first to the mill can grind First come first served
Cymro glan gloyw.
A shining clean Welshman
A committed Welshman.
Dawnsio ar y dibyn Dancing on the edge of a cliff Playing with fire
Fel cath i gythral like a cat on the way to hell very very quickly
Ar y gweill On the (knitting) needles In progress
     
 
 
 
     
     

 

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