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A list of Xitsonga idioms translated to English.
  • An idiom is xivulavulelo in Xitsonga.
  • An idiom is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (e.g., rain cats and dogs, see the light).
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XitsongaEnglish
Ku ba ndlopfu hi xibakeleTo hit an elephant with a fist
Ku banana hi rhambu ra mfenheKu holova (To hit each other with a baboons bone - to fight)
Ku banana hi rhanga ro hisaTo hit each other with a hot potato ( To fight)
Ku bata njiyaTo fall ( To catch a locust)
Ku chuveka rinhlapfuTo stop visiting a place you used to visit
Ku dya marhambu ya nhlokoTo think (To eat bones of the head)
Ku dyeriwa mavele hi timpfuvuTo have your maize eaten by hippos - Ku tirha hi ku matimba ivi munhu a lava ku ku tekela ntshovelo wa mintirho ya wena
Ku faya nsikitiKu humesa moya [To kill an insect (To fart)]
Ku fundza marhaKu ti babela
Ku hlanula swirhendzeTo run away
Ku hloma matlharhiTo prepare for war ( To arm with spears)
Ku hundza muti rixileTo pass a home during the day
Ku luka manoTo make a plan
Ku nantswa rintiho na xirhendzeKu tsutsuma [ To run away ]
Ku omeriwa hi buntsuWhen your shoe dries up
Ku rhindza n'wetiWaiting for the moon
Ku siya va karheleTo win. To be victories . ( To leave them tired)
Ku tekela enhlokweniConsider ( to take into consideration )
Ku thlotlha timimpfiTo stir trouble ( To stir or agitate wasps)
Ku tlhoma tinsivaTo encourage to do wrong
Ku tlula u nantswa tiloTo deny ( to jump and lick the sky)
Ku tlulana milengeTo fight. To quarrel (to cross each others feet)
Ku tsema mubyaTo renegade against parents advise. To pass a point beyond where parents give up on advising you.
Ku tshova nengeTo impregnate a young woman illegitimately ( to break a leg)
Ku tshwa nomoTo have a burnt mouth
Ku va na xifuvaTo be able to keep secret ( to have a chest)
Ku xibikulaTo cry

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