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ka mātua tēnā that'll suffice, that's enough of that - an idiom used to indicate affirmation or to instruct
e rua, e rua both, just the same, tarred with the same brush, two of a kind - an idiom to suggest that something applies to both people, both things or that two people or things have something in common.
Kua taka te kapa The penny has dropped!
Kei tua o tāwauwau! Away with the fairies!
heoi anō [tāna], he all [she] has to do is, all [he] did was, all [they] had to do was – an idiom suggesting a course of action that should be done, or should have been done.
Anā e pūkana mai nā! There staring right at me/you!
Ka wani kē an idiom to praise someone's knowledge or expertise. You're clever, a master, a genius, neat, alright.’
Ka aroha kē an idiom used to express sympathy, disappointment or regret. ‘How sad’, ‘how disappointing’, ‘what a pity’.
Koia, koia That explains it.
hoki atu, hoki atu I'm sick of hearing about, time and time again, it's the same old story - an idiom to convey one's boredom with something repetitious.
Karawhiua atu go ahead and do it then, go ahead then, go for it, give it heaps.
haere ake nei for generations, for ages, as always, for a long time – an idiom to show that something has been that way for a long time and will continue to be so.
kāore i ārikarika (particle) it was not restricted, there were many, there were a lot of - an idiom used to express what a large number there were, a large amount or the strength of support, and so on.
kua riro māna it's up to him, it's up to her, the ball's in her court, the responsibility is hers
haere tū atu, hoki tū mai go well and return in good health, have a safe trip - an idiom farewelling visitors and hoping that they will return in good health
kua kēhi case closed, done deal, check mate, that's settled – an idiom to suggest that a matter is settled.
Karawhiua atu go ahead and do it then, go ahead then, go for it, give it heaps.
Kia ahatia What can be done, so what, what business is it of yours - an idiom used to indicate a lack of interest by the speaker for the comments of another person because they are of little importance.
ko te painga atu it would be better, so much the better - an idiom used to suggest a better way to do something or to achieve a goal.
Arero rua Two tongues - Refers to a person who always changes their own mind or opinion.
pai mutunga great, wonderful, marvelous - an idiom used to express how outstandingly good something is.
Tō ihu don't be nosy! butt out! - an idiom to tell someone not to interfere.
Tua o Tāwauwau (location) back of beyond, middle of nowhere, away with the fairies, way off beam, way off track - an idiom used to indicate that something is a long way away, a long way off, or is incorrect.
E mea ana Was going to, intended to, is going to, intends to - an idiom to say that someone was or is intending to do something but decided not to.
Tapatapahi ana Outstanding, primo, awesome!
haere ake nei for generations, for ages, as always, for a long time, ad infinitum – an idiom to show that something has been that way for a long time and will continue. Sometimes the phrase is repeated.
Wehi nā oh my goodness, oh my god, that's amazing - an idiom to express amazement and surprise at something.
me kore noa e tūpono on the off chance, just in case, to see whether - an idiom.
Kua taka te kapa I get the picture now, the penny has dropped. An idiom adopted from English to indicate that someone has just realised something.
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