This is used to denote the unlikeliness of something happening. So unlikely that until the time that water goes up and the frog sings (Avaze) Abou-ata, this thing will not happen.
به معنای کار غیر ممکن
It means an impossible task
به عنوان مثال، میخوام واسه رفتن به ایران ویزا بگیرم، ولی در شرایط فعلی امکان ناپذیره. از دوستم میپرسم <به نظرت کی می تونم ویزا بگیرم؟> و دوستم بهم میگه <هر وقت که آب سرْ بالا بره، قورباغه هم ابو عطا بخونه توهم میتونی ویزا بگیری».ب
As an example, I want to get a visa to go to Iran, but in the current circumstances it’s impossible. I ask my friend “In your opinion, when can I get a visa?” and my friend says “when pigs fly, you’ll be able to get a visa”.
آب از دریا بخشیدن shares the same meaning as از كيسه خليفه بخشيدن however, it must be said that the latter is more commonly used (and, as such, this is the one that will be spoken about for this example).
These expressions are used to describe somebody who gives away to others that which does not belong to them. In English, a person like this would be described as being ‘cheeky,’ or as someone who is ‘generous’ with another’s money or resources (the use of ‘generous’ here, of course being ironic).
از کسیه خلیفه بخشیدن dates back to 786–809 and the reign of Harun Al-Rashid, the fifth Abbasid Caliph. The story revolves around Al-Rashid, his uncle and his Iranian vizier, Jafar al-Barmaki who earnt the admiration of Al-Rashid when he forgave Al-Rashid’s uncles debts and provided him with a living, but all from the purse of the Caliph!
سارا یه ساله که تو خونه خواهرش زندگی میکنه و از اون پول تو جیبی میگیره. با این حال هر شب دوستاشو به صرف شام و نوشیدنی دعوت میکنه. دختره اصلا عین خیالشم نیست انگار داره از کیسه خلیفه میبخشه.ا
Sara has been living for a year at her sister’s house and regularly dips into her sister’s pocket. Every night she invites her friends for dinner and drinks. This girl doesn’t care at all. She is so cheeky. [But, then it’s easy to be generous with someone else’s money).
Lit: It’s as if she is giving from the Caliph’s purse.
به معنای شهر٬ روستا یا مکان بیرونق و بیآبادی
Meaning a town or village or place which isn’t prosperous or well-developed.
گلبانگ مسلمانی refers to the call to prayer. گلبانگ is a synonym for ترانه (song) نغمه (song, chant).
به معنای فرصت انجام کاری رو از دست دادن یا ناتوان بودن در جبران یه چیزی یا کاری
Meaning that the opportunity to do something or make up for something has passed.
It literally means that once the water has gone into the stream and it does not come back out.
ندا بعد از بیاحترامی كه به خانواده همسرش كرد ديگه نتوانست اعتبار و احترام سابق خودشو به دست بياوره. همسرش بهش گفت <آب رفته رو نمیتوان به جوی باز آورد>.پی
Neda, after being disrespectful toward her husband’s family, is unable to get back her previous standing and respect. Her husband said to her “it [the situation] is past the point of return”.
آب و روغنش را زیاد کردن; آب و تاب دادن; لِفت و لعاب دادن; آب و روغن دادن; پیاز داغ چیزی رو زیاد کردن
به معنای اغراق کردن; غلو کردن
For this expression, one can find many colourful synonyms which are all worthy of including and breaking down.
آب و روغن + (ش) را زیاد کردن – means to increase the oil and water to something, to add more flavour or ingredients.
آب و تاب دادن or چیزی را با آب و تاب شرح دادن means to explain something lustrously, with embellishments, to embellish a story (to relate something with added detail – the detail being positive).
لفت و لعاب دادن – This alludes to the process of re-coat or re-glazing a pan. لعاب means glaze or enamel. To add a shiny veneer to a story.
Lastly, پیاز داغ چیزی رو زیاد کردن means to add more sautéed onions, a staple in Iranian dishes. Sautéed onions being delicious and tasty, again alludes to the idea of making something more sound more palatable or appealing by exaggerating or adding embellishments.
In addition, this example uses another idiom – چیزی آش دهن سوزی بودن.
آش meaning soup, دهن mouth, سوزی burning.
So, literally, something is “mouth-burning”. This alludes to when someone is making a very delicious meal and they can’t wait for it to cool down and so, in their eagerness to eat the meal, they end up burning their mouths. It follows then that when something is not very tasty, you are not in a rush to eat it and, therefore, it will not burn your mouth.
This is used in several contexts, and can mean something is tasty (in it’s positive form), In it’s negative form it can mean that something is unattractive and in the context of marriage it can be used when someone has received a proposal but is not particularly interested in the person who has given it.
هفته پیش خالهم زنگ زد به مامانم و گفت که یه پسره پولدار، خوشگل، تحصیلکرده قراره بیاد خواستگاریش. یک ساعت تمام داشت از پسره تعریف میکرد، ولی من قبلا پسره رو دیده بودم و همچین آش دهنسوزی هم نبود، خالم فقط داشت آب و روغنشو زیاد میکرد.ت
Last week, my aunt called my mom and told her that a good-looking, well-educated and well-off boy was going to come to propose. She complimented the boy for an entire hour, but I’ve seen the boy before and he isn’t that tempting, my aunt was just laying it on thick.
This expression harks from the use of water-powered mills in Iran. The process in which the water causes the wheel to turn is very noisy. When the water is prevented from reaching the mill, the millstone stops turning and, the noise ceases. This process of stopping the millstone and the noise became an expression that refers to when there has been a commotion or hubbub that, after a time, ceases and calm is restored once again.
به معانی وقتی که شرایط به حالت عادی برگشت.م
Meaning when things have gone back to normal
به عنوان مثال، بعد از اينكه خبر دزدی از بانک در همه شهر پیچید، دزدا تصميم گرفتن كه به پولهای دزدیده شده دست نزنن تا وقتی كه آبها از آسياب بيفته و ديگه كسی اين دزدی رو یادش نباشه.م
After news of the bank robbery reverberated around the city, the thieves decided not to touch the stolen money until things had blown over and (the robbery) had been forgotten about.