Poets to politicians – even the paper man – use idioms to describe situations. Whether you don’t have enough room to swing a cat in or the cat’s out the bag, we often use them without even realizing it. These odd little phrases are used to express a sentiment other than their literal meaning. It doesn’t really rain cats and dogs, as the world and his wife knows.

It’s unsurprising, then, that different cultures vary wildly in the idioms they use. We decided to explore some of the more interesting idioms from around the world.

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