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Phrase of the week: wie der Ochse vorm Berg

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

wie der Ochse vorm Berg

Phrase: like a dying duck in a thunderstorm


This idiom is used colloquially to refer to someone who looks forlorn, dejected, and resigned. It literally translates to: like the ox in front of the mountain.

  • Er stand da wie der Ochse vorm Berg, weil er verloren hat. = He stood there like a dying duck in a thunderstorm because he lost.

An ox standing in front of a mountain. Photo: Simon via Pixabay

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