få ut fingeren

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Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally (get) + ut (out) + fingeren (the finger); "get the finger out (from wherever it is stuck/lodged)". The term implies that the individual refrains from action because his or her finger is lodged in the anus; thus, sometimes the expanded form is applied, få ut fingeren av ræva (get the finger out of the ass).

Verb[edit]

ut fingeren

  1. (idiomatic, figuratively) get unstuck, stop idling

Inflection[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Although the phrase (especially when expanded) can be perceived as quite vulgar, it is a very commonly used phrase. The use of the full (expanded version) is relatively rarer and also more aggressive.

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