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Phrase of the week: Tomaten auf den Augen haben

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

By Katarina Ristic

Tomaten auf den Augen haben

           Phrase: to be oblivious to what is going on around you

This colloquial idiom literally translates as ‘to have tomatoes in your eyes’. It is used to refer to the idea of being too distracted to notice or be aware of what is happening around you.

  • Hat sie Tomaten auf den Augen? Sie merkt nicht, was sie macht! = Is she blind? She's paying no attention to what she’s doing!

A boy holding tomatoes over his eyes. Photo: Luisella Planeta Leoni via Pixabay

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