Urlaubsreif means "vacation ripe". It is an adjective used to describe someone who is desperately in need of a vacation; in other words, "ripe for vacation". People usually become urlaubsreif when they have been working consistently for many months without taking time off.
What happens to a ripe tomato if you don't eat it? It will eventually go bad. Likewise, someone who is urlaubsreif could develop a bad mood if they don't satisfy their need for a vacation.
By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany
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