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Phrase of the week: wie der Ochse vorm Berg

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

By Katarina Ristic


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.

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