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Phrase of the week: Wasser predigen und Wein trinken

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

Wasser predigen und Wein trinken

         Phrase: to not practise what one preaches


This idiomatic expression literally translates to ‘preaching water and drinking wine’. It means telling others how to behave, but not adhering to it yourself.

  • Gerade in der heutigen Zeit, in der jeder einschneidende Maßnahmen akzeptieren muss, können Regierung und Parlament nicht Wasser predigen und Wein trinken. = Especially nowadays, when everyone has to accept drastic measures, government and parliament should practise what they preach.

A glass of red wine. Photo: congerdesign via Pixabay

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