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Phrase of the week: Gift auf etw. nehmen

Updated: Mar 9, 2021

Gift auf etw. nehmen

Phrasal verb: to be very certain of something; to bet your bottom dollar

The phrase Gift auf etw. nehmen is not as sinister as it seems, and is a colloquial idiomatic expression that is used to describe something that is certain to happen, something where the outcome is guaranteed. The literal translation would be to take poison on sth.

Synonymous expressions: da beißt die Maus keinen Faden ab; (so sicher) wie das Amen in der Kirche

Da kannst du Gift drauf nehmen!/Darauf kannst du Gift nehmen! = You can bet your life on it!/bet your bottom dollar!

Poison. Photo: socialneuron via Pixabay


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