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What does I'm a Dutchman mean?

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I'm a Dutchman


The phrase I'm a Dutchman is used to stress the fact that something is extremely unbelievable or completely unacceptable.

This idiom is used as a statement of disbelief.

The origin of I'm a Dutchman'

The phrase originates in Anglo-Dutch hostility during the 17th century because of trade disputes and naval embargoes. This military and commercial rivalry led the Dutch and the English to insult each other.

In an article published on March 26, 2013, for the Daily Mail, Andrew Alexander entitled his article 'If this is the last euro crisis', I'm a Dutchman...' highlighting the fact that the European Union will likely suffer from other major political and economic crises.


I heard that Alice will attend the meeting. Well, in that case, I'm a Dutchman.

If this boxer wins the match, then I'm a Dutchman.

He's going to lie about his secret relationship with that beautiful actress or I'm a Dutchman.

If that's her real eyelashes, then I'm a Dutchman.

This idiom is in the nationalities category

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