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...but my intention was good
______ to beat the band
a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
a bitter pill
a blast from the past
a bull in a china shop
a chain is only as strong as its weakest link
a cheap knock off
a chill in my bones
a chip off the old block
a closed mouth gathers no feet
a cult of personality
a diamond in the rough
a dime a dozen
a face only a mother could love
a faint heart never a true love knows
a far cry

a feather in his cap
a few fries short of a happy meal
a few sandwiches short of a picnic
a fool and his money are soon parted
a friend in need, is a friend indeed
a frog in my throat
a good beginning makes a good ending
a good man is hard to find
a good rule of thumb
a hair of the dog that bit you
a half-baked idea
a happy camper.
a horse of a different color
a jack of all trades and a master of none
a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step
a leopard doesn't change its spots
a little of this, a little of that
a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough
a long ways away
a lot of empty flattery
a man for all season's
a man's home is his castle
a mexican standoff
a mile a minute
a mind is a terrible thing to waste
a necessary evil
a new do
a new lease on life
a penny saved is a penny earned
a picture's worth a thousand words
a pink elephant
a real gulley washer
a rolling stone gathers no moss
a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
a rose is a rose is a rose
a shoestring budget
a shot in the dark
a shotgun wedding
a sight for sore eyes
a snail's pace
a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down
a stitch in time saves nine
a stone's throw away
a sweet deal
a taste of his own medicine
a thorn in my side
a watched pot never boils.
a white elephant gift
a winning combination
a word to the wise
ablaze with light
absence makes the heart grow fonder
ace in the hole
ace up his sleeve
actions speak louder than words
After the rain comes a rainbow
Ah, to be young and foolish...
ain't just whistlin' Dixie
ain't that the pot calling the kettle black
airing your dirty laundry
all bets are off
all dressed up and nowhere to go
all eyes/ears
all for one, and one for all
All good things come to those that wait
all in a day's work
All is fair in love and war
all is vanity
all paled in comparison
all roads lead to Rome
all talk and no action
all that glitters is not gold.
all the world's a stage
all thumbs
all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
all's fair in love and war
all's well that ends well
ALMIGHTY DOLLAR
already got one paw on the chicken coop
alrighty, then!
altitude is determined by attitude
always a bridesmaid, never a bride
always a day late and a dollar short
always look on the bright side
am I my brother's keeper?
AMBULANCE CHASER
an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
an earful
an eye for an eye. a tooth for a tooth
an oldie, but a goodie
an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
and we're not just whistling dixie
and you can take that to the bank
another face in the crowd
ants in his pants
Any friend of _________'s is a friend of mine.
apple of my eye
APPLE-PIE ORDER
ARM AND A LEG
ARMCHAIR QUARTERBACK
armed to the teeth
armed with a search warrant
ARMY BRAT
ART IMITATES LIFE
ARTSY-CRAFTSY
as [fill in the blank] as the day is long
as beautiful as the day is long
as far as the eye can see
as fast as lightning
as honest as the day is long
As if!
AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT
as many chins as a Chinese phone book
as plain as the nose on your face
as slow as molasses
as the crow flies
as welcome as a skunk at a lawn party
ask & you shall receive
ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies
ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country
at a loss for words
at breakneck speed
At least I do not have to count with someone else
At least it was a very interesting experience
AT LOGGERHEADS
at the crack of dawn
at the drop of a hat/dime
at the end of the pecking order
at the stroke of midnight
ate like a pig
avoid it like the plague
aw, prairie shit
Aww, fuck me!
back in a sec
back in the saddle
back to the drawing board/square one
back to the salt mines
BADGE OF HONOR
bags all packed and ready to go
BALLPARK FIGURE
banding together to beat the odds
banging your head against a brick wall
barge right in
barking up the wrong tree
BAT OUT OF HELL
bat the idea around
batten down the hatches, lower the boom, raise the misenmast: full speed ahead!!
BATTLE ROYAL
battle with cancer
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home
be there or be square
BEAT AROUND THE BUSH
beating a dead horse
beauty is a fading flower
Beauty is a matter of taste
beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beauty is only a lightswitch away
beauty is only skin deep
bee in her bonnet
been around the block a few times
been there, done that
been there, seen it, done that
beggars can't be choosers
behind closed doors
Behind the clouds, the sun is shining
BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL
being led down the garden path
BEST FOOT FORWARD
Better afraid than blind to my fears
Better feeling pain than feeling nothing at all
BETTER HALF
better late than never
BETTER MOUSETRAP
better safe than sorry
better than ever
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all
better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak and remove all doubt
betting the farm
between the devil and the deep blue sea
BEYOND THE PALE
BIB AND TUCKER
bid farewell
big as [name of state/country/city/etc]
big as a house
big as a mountain
big as life
big brother is watching
bill the cat
BIRDS AND THE BEES
birds of a feather flock together
bit off more than you could chew
bite me
bite the bullet
bite the dust
bite your lip.
bite your tongue.
BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT
black as coal
black as night
black as pitch
black as sin
black as soot
black as tar
blaze a new trail
BLEEDING HEART
blind as a bat
blood brothers
blood is thicker then water
bloom where you're planted
blowing a gale
blowing up a storm
blown away
blue in the face
blue monday
blueprint for growth
blunt words have the sharpest edge
BLUSHING BRIDE
boats)
bone-white
BOOZE AND BROADS
bored to tears
BORN AND RAISED
born with a silver spoon in his mouth
bottom line
bottoms up
boy howdy
boys will be boys
brand spankin' new
BRASS TACKS
break a leg
brewing up a storm
bright as day
bright as the sun
bring home the bacon
buckle down
buckle under
build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door
built like a brick outhouse
built like a brick shithouse
built like a tank
built like a truck
built to last
BULL BY THE HORNS
BULL IN A CHINA SHOP
bummer
BUMP IN THE NIGHT
burning rubber
burning up
burning up the track
burning with desire
bury the hatchet
bury your head in the sand
busier than a long snake in the mall parking lot.
-bust your chops
busting a gut
busy as a bear in a beehive
busy as a bee
busy as a one-armed paperhanger
busy as a one-legged man in an ass kickin' contest
busy hands are happy hands
But enough about me ...
BUT SERIOUSLY
butter him up
butterflies in his stomach
buy the farm
by all means, after you
BY AND LARGE
called his/her bluff
calls it quits
CALM BEFORE THE STORM
came out of thin air
Came to the conclusion of his travelling thoughts!
CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS
can't (won't) get to first base with her.
can't beat that with a stick
can't blame him for trying
can't cut it
can't for the life of me remember
can't put my finger on it
can't say, not knowing
cant say's I would
-can't see the forest for the trees
can't tell his ass from a hole in the ground
can't win for losing
carnival atmosphere
carpe diem (seize the day)
carrot on a stick
case in point
CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY
cat got your tounge?
CAT OUT OF THE BAG
catch as catch can
catch hell if I do, catch hell if I don't
catching some ZZZ's
cat-like grace
caught between a rock and a hard place
caught between Scylla and Charybdis
caught in the crossfire
caught me off guard
caught my eye
caught red-handed
CAUGHT RED-HANDED
caught with his hands in the till
caught with his pants down
C'est la vie
champagne taste on a beer salary
changed his/her life forever
charred rubble (which someone is often sifting or combing through in search of clues)
cheat/fool me once, shame on you. Cheat/fool me twice, shame on me!
check it out
CHECKERED CAREER
check's in the mail
Cheer up, it's not the end of the world
-chew you a new asshole
CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST
children should be seen and not heard
chip off the old block
chip on his/her shoulder
choked with emotion
clam up
clash of the titans
cleaned me out
cleanliness is next to Godliness
clear as crystal
clear as day
clear as mud
clear as water
close but no cigar
close enough for government work
close enough for jazz
close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
close, but no cigar.
close, but no cigar.
closing the barn door after the horse has bolted
closure
cloudless sky
coal black
cold as blue blazes
cold as ice
cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey
cold feet
cold hands, warm heart
COLD SHOULDER
colder than a well digger's ass
colder than a witches tit in a brass bra
colder than a witch's tit
come a'callin
come again?
come hell or high water
come up short
coming apart at the seams
coming out of the closet
COMMUNIST CONSPIRACY
comparing apples to oranges
concerned residents
CONNIPTION FIT
contemplate my navel
cool as a cucumber
cool your jets.
cope/deal with grief (``Counselors will be on hand to help students ...'')
correct me if I'm wrong
COULDN'T CARE LESS
couldn't do it to save his (soul,hide)
COULDN'T GET TO FIRST BASE
couldn't make heads or tails of it
count your blessings
COUNTLESS HOURS
crammed in like sardines
crazy/mad as a march hare
CREATURE COMFORT
creme de la creme
CRIME IN THE STREET
crisis proportions
crisis situation
crossed my mind
crossing the Rubbikon
cruisin' for a bruisin'
cry me a river
cry uncle
crying crocodile tears
curiosity killed the cat
CURRY FAVOR CUT A FINE FIGURE
curse a blue streak
CUT AND DRIED
cut off your nose to spite your face
cut the cheese
cut the mustard
cut to the chase
CUT TO THE QUICK
cute as a button
CUTE AS A BUTTON
cutting through all the red tape
damned if you do, damned if you don't
dance with the devil
dare to be different
dark as night
DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN
darting to and fro
dat dawg don't hunt no more
dead as a doorknob
dead as a doornail
DEATH AND DESTRUCTION
DEATH AND TAXES
Death is a gateway that leads to new life
Death is just a part of life... the last part
DEATH'S DOORSTEP
deep in thought
densely wooded area
digging a hole for yourself
digging his/her own grave
DIM VIEW
dire straits
dirt poor/filthy rich
disappeared in/with/like a puff of smoke
disappeared into thin air
disappeared off the face of the Earth
distance makes the heart grow fonder
do I look like I was born yesterday?
do the wild mambo
do the wild thing
docile as a lamb
does a bear shit in the woods?
does a chicken have lips?"
does the Pope wear a funny hat?
doesn't know if she's washing or hanging out
doesn't know the difference between shit and applebutter
DOG DAYS
DOG IN THE MANGER
dog tired
dog will hunt
doggone
doing a slow burn
doing something (ie. shooting ducks) left and right
Doing stupid things is my way of making my life interesting
doing the horizontal bop
done up like a Christmas tree
don't air your dirty linens in public
don't be a party pooper
don't be a stick in the mud
don't be such a big girl's blouse (English)
don't bite of more than you can chew
don't bite the hand that feeds you
don't burn your bridges
don't call us, we'll call you
don't change horses in midstream
don't count your chickens before they're hatched
don't do anything *I* wouldn't do
don't fire 'til you see the whites of their eyes
don't fly off the handle
don't get your knickers in a twist / Panties in a wad/ bunch / bundle
don't get your panties (shorts) in a bunch
don't go there
don't guild the lilly
don't have a cow
don't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out
don't hold your breath
don't jump to conclusions
don't know shit from shinola
don't let the bed bugs bite
don't look a gift horse in the mouth
don't look back
don't make a mountain out of a molehill
don't make me do something I'll regret
don't paint the devil on the wall (German)
don't push your luck
don't put all your eggs in one basket
don't put the horse before the cart
don't rock the boat
don't shit on your own doorstep
don't take any wooden nickels
don't tempt fate
don't that just butter your grits
don't that just tear the rag off'n the bush!
don't toot your own horn
Don't trust the lock to which everyone has a key.(Swedish)
don't upset the apple cart
don't use a lot where a little will do
don't want to cover old ground
Don't worry, be happy !
doubting Thomas
DOWN IN THE DUMPS
DOWN PAT
down the hatch
down to earth
drained/drank his coffee to the grounds
drained/drank his wine to the dregs
Dream turns to nightmare
Dressed better than Sunday!
dressed to kill
drier than a burnt bush
drive the point home
driving the porcelain bus
dropped like a stone
drown your sorrows
drug-sniffing dogs
drunk as a skunk
dry as a bone
dumb as a post
dumb as a stump
dumb like a fox
dumber than a bucket of rocks
DUTCH UNCLE
dyed in the wool
eager beaver
EAR TO THE GROUND
early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
early-morning hours
earned his wings
easier said than done
EASIER SAID THAN DONE
easy as pie
easy come, easy go
eat crow
eat dirt
eat drink and be merry
eat my dust
eat shit and bark at the moon
eat the rich
eat your heart out
emergency situation
emotional roller coaster
ENOUGH ALREADY
epidemic proportions
et tu, Brute?
even a blind squirrel finds an acorn sometimes
Every cloud has a silver lining
every dog has its day
every man for himself!
every man has his price
Every man has stupid thoughts, only wise men keep them quiet.(Swedish)
every parent's worst nightmare
Every rose has its thorn
every which way but loose
Everybody has the right to make mistakes
Everyone might hate me, but still I am alive
Everything is relative
Everything is vanity
everything's coming up daisies
everything's copasetic
everything's hunky dory
EVIL TWIN
execution-style
EXISTENTIAL ANGST
EXPERTS AGREE
eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth
eye to eye
eyeball to eyeball
eyes like stars
eyes sparkled
face the music
face up to the facts
FACTS OF LIFE
fair as day
fair weather friend
faith can move mountains
fake it till you make it
fall head over heels
fall through the cracks
fan the flames
fancy meeting you here..
far and away the best
fashion victim
fast as lightning
faster than a speeding bullet
faster than greased lightning
fat as a cow
fat as a pig
FAT SLOB
FAVOR US WITH A SONG
FEAR AND LOATHING
feast your eyes on this
feed a cold, starve a fever
feel like a fifth wheel
feel like I've been to two county fairs and a goat whoopin
Feeling bad is just a new sensation
FELLOW TRAVELER
FEW AND FAR BETWEEN
fiddling while Rome burns
FIELD THIS ONE
fiery eyes
fiery hot
fiery red
fiery temper
fiery-haired
fight fire with fire
fight like a man
filthy rich
final good-byes
finders keepers, losers weepers
fine and dandy
fine as wine
finer than beach sand and not near as gritty.
finer than frog fur (fuzz).
finer than moon dust.
fire in the belly
firestorm/storm of protest/controversy
FISH NOR FOWL
fit as a fiddle
fit for a king
fit to be hung
fit to be tied
flash in the pan
flat as a board
flat as a long-poured champagne
flat as a pancake
flatter than piss on a platter.
flattery will get you nowhere
fled on foot
fleet footed (fleet of foot)
flipped her lid
flirt with disaster
flower among women
flown the coop
fly by night
fly by the book
fly like a bird
fly like an eagle
flying by the seat of your pants
follow suit
following in his footsteps
fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me
fools rush in where angels fear to tread
foot loose and fancy free
for crying out loud
for everything there is a season
for God's sake
for pete's sake
for the birds
for the love of God/Pete/Mike
for want of the nail, the shoe was lost
four on the floor
free as a bird
fresh as a daisy
fresh out of ideas
FREUDIAN SLIP
fried to one's tonsils
frisky as a puppy
from day one
from dusk till dawn
from famine to feast
from the four corners of the earth
from the frying pan into the fire
full of himself
full of hot air
full of mischief
full of the devil
full of vinegar
full to the back teeth
FUN AND GAMES
FUN IN THE SUN
Fun is good
funny you mention it
gag me with a spoon
GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT
gathering like flies
gave it a wide berth
general consensus
get a grip on yourself
get a handle on this
get a word in edgewise
get ahead early and stay ahead late
get along like oil and water
get down to bare bones
get down to brass tacks
get down to the nitty gritty
get it outta my hair
get on her high horse
get on her soap box
get outta town by sundown
get stuffed
get the lead out
get the peanut butter out of your ears
GET THE SACK
get the show on the road
get your ducks in a row
GETS MY GOAT
GILDING THE LILY
gimme a break
gird your loins
GIVE A DAMN
give a little take a little
give an inch, take a mile
give and take
give him a run for his money
give him/her enough rope to hang him/herself
give it a rest
give it the old college try
GIVE ME A BREAK
give me a hand
Give space to time, and time will fill space
given to him on a silver platter
GIVES ME THE CREEPS
glowing like a good deed in a naughty world
go figure
go for broke
go for it!
GO HIM ONE BETTER
go out in a blaze of glory
go out on a limb
go piss up a rope
go the extra mile
go where the green lights lead you
go with the flow
God help us
God only knows
GOES WITHOUT SAYING
going against the tide
going to hell in a hand basket
golly gee willikers!
gone but not forgotten
good as gold
good as new
good fences make good neighbors
Good one!
good things come to those who wait
GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL
Goodbye is not an easy word to say
got a hole in his pocket
got a leg up on it
got a loaf in the oven
got knocked up
got off on the right foot
got taken for a ride
got them by the short and curlies
got you over a barrel
got your hand caught in the cookie jar
got your head in the clouds
grab the bull by the horns
grabs my attention
graduation)
grass doesn't grow on a busy street
greatest thing since sliced bread
GREEK TO ME
GREEN THUMB
green with envy
GREEN-EYED MONSTER
grin & bear it
grin and bear it
grist for the mill
ground zero
growing like a weed
gut-wrenching
had his bell rung
hair like silk
HAIR OF THE DOG
half a loaf is better than none
half seas over
Halt! Who goes there!
hammer out (an agreement, contract)
handle it with kid gloves
handy as a pocket on a shirt
hanging onto mother's apron strings
hanky panky
happy as a clam
happy as a lark
happy as a pig in mud
happy camper
hard as a carp.
hard as a rock
HARD TO BELIEVE
hard to swallow
harder for a rich man to go to heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
haste makes waste
hate his guts
have a jag on
have a nice day
Have a nice life
have 'em in stitches
haven't got a row to hoe
haven't seen hide nor hair of him
Having a rip-snortin' good time!
he breasted his cards
he can't see the forest for the trees
he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn
he gave a hundred and ten percent
he got plastered
he got the short end of the stick
he has a few loose screws
he has a way with words
he has egg on his face
he knows which side his bread is buttered on
he learned his lesson
he left no stone unturned
he let the cat out of the bag
he lies like a rug.
he looks like death warmed over
he lost his shirt
he made a mad dash for it
he put one over on me
he single handedly destroyed an empire
he speaks with a forked tongue
he spilled the beans
He was Aladdin in an orchard dripping with diamonds!
he was just a port in the storm
he was talking into his hat [lying]
he was the life of the party
he went the whole 9 yards.
he went to the school of hard knocks (university of life)
he who has the gold, rules
he who hesitates is lost.
he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword
he won, hands down
he wouldn't say shit if he had a mouthful.
he/she has more money than God
he/she is as dense as a London fog
he/she looks like a drowned rat
he/she was like a brother/son/father/sister/mother/daughter to me
He/she wasn't worth it anyway
He/she will be sorry
He/she/they knew something was terribly wrong when...
he/she's so bucktoothed he/she could bite a pumpkin through a picket fence.
HEAD HONCHO
healthy as a horse
hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil
heard it through the grapevine
HEART'S CONTENT
heated debate
heaven help us
heaven sent
heavens to Betsy
heavy as lead
heavy heart
hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
her biological clock is ticking
her/his heart leapt
here's mud in your eye
here's your hat, what's your hurry?
he's a bald faced liar
he's a bubble shy of plumb
he's a corn-fed hick
he's a dark horse
he's a fall guy
he's a smooth operator
he's all flibberty jibbets
he's all hat and no cattle (added by popular demand!)
he's always blowing his own horn
he's an easy study
he's an inch deep and a mile wide
he's bitten off more than he can chew
he's built like a brick shit-house
he's changing his tune
he's chomping at the bit
he's dressed to the nines
he's feeling his oats
he's fishing for compliments
he's gone to ground
he's got a cob (bug) up his ass
he's got enough money to burn a wet mule.
he's got more _____ (money,wives) than he knows what to do with
he's gunning for a fight (or something)
he's hen pecked
he's milktoast
he's not playing with a full deck
he's not the sharpest knife in the cabinet
he's over the hill
he's pulling your leg
he's pushing up daisies
he's really laying it on thick
he's really on the ball
he's scared of his own shadow
he's so crooked they'll have to screw him in to the ground.
he's so matter-of-fact
he's so tight he squeaks.
he's so ugly, he'd have to sneak up on a glass of water to get a drink
he's the south end of a north bound horse
he's thinking with the wrong head
he's waiting for his ship to come in
HIDDEN AGENDA
hide the salami
higgledy Piggledy
high as a kite
high hopes
HIGH ON THE HOG
higher than a hawks' nest.
highway robbery
hindsight is 20/20
his bark is worse than his bite
his elevator doesn't go to the top floor
his eyes are bigger than his stomach
his left hand doesn't know what his right hand is doing
his/her shit doesn't stink
history repeats itself
hit him right between the numbers
hit me like a ton of bricks
hit the hay
hit the road
hit the sack
hoist with (or by) one's own petard
HOLD A CANDLE TO
hold down the fort
hold your horses
holier than thou
home is where the heart is
home is where you hang your hat
HOOK OR BY CROOK
hook, line, and sinker
horny as a peach-orchard boar
horny as a three peckered billy goat
HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR
hot as Hades
hot enough for you?
hot under the collar
hot under the collar
hotter than a mouse in a wool sock
hotter than a snake's ass in a wagon rut
hotter than a two dollar pistol
hotter than Hell
how do I love thee?
how's it hanging
how's that for a ....
Hugged him closer than peel does a banana
Hurry when you have time, then you'll have time when you are in a hurry
hushed courtroom
I always complained because my work was being interupted - until I realised the interuptions were my work.
I always do things like this
I always knew that this could happen
I am better off alone
I am better off alone
I am looking for something, this is my way to find it
I am my own redeemer
I am trying to escape from something, I think that I am just not ready to face it
I beg to differ
I bought it for a song
I busted my hump
I can dream, can't I?
I can't change the past
I can't stand it
I can't tell you what a pleasure its been
I could eat a horse
I could whip you with one arm tied behind my back
I did it my way
I didn't come down the Clyde in a banana boat (Scottish, Glasgow)
I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition
I don't give a ****! Your the one who has to look at me!!
I feel it in my bones
I got hosed
I guess I just have to accept it
I guess that was it
I hate to say this, but...
I have a bone to pick with you
I have an ax to grind
I have no bones about that
I have other qualities
I have to face my fear
I haven't a clue
I haven't the foggiest
I just followed my intuition
I love being free, it's the best way to be
I need that like a hole in the head
I need that like a moose needs a hat rack
I never met a man (horse, etc.) I didn't like
I ought to tan your hide
I put two and two together...
I quit smoking cold turkey
I smell a rat
I take the challenge
I trust him as far as I can throw him
I used to think I had it bad because I had no shoes, then I met a man with no feet
I was roped into it
I wasn't born yesterday
I will always remember you
I will survive
i wouldn't do that for all the tea in China
ice cold
icy blue
icy blue eyes
I'd bet my bottom dollar
I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached
I'd rather be a hammer than a nail
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy
idle chit-chat
idle hands are the devil's workshop
If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?
If all else fails, manipulate the data
if anything can go wrong it will (Murphy's Law)
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that suggests you tried
If at first you don't succeed, redefine success
if at first you don't succeed, try, try, again
if dumb were dirt, he/she would be about an acre.
if everybody else jumped off a bridge, would you?
if God had meant for man to fly, he would've given us wings
If his word were a bridge - you'd be afraid to cross!
if I had a dime for every . . .
if I had a nickel for every time he _______, I'd be a millionaire
if I were in his shoes
if it ain't broke, don't fix it
If it doesn't come naturally, leave it
If it doesn't kill me, it makes me stronger
if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it must be a duck
if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
if it's not one thing it's another
if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right
if looks could kill
If nothing else, I can always serve as a bad example
if shit were concrete, you/he/she it would be I80
if the mountain won't come to Mohammed, Mohammud must go to the mtn.
if the shoe fits, wear it
if wishes were horses then beggars would ride
If xyz has his way, ....
If you always do what you always have done, you'll only have what you have now
if you can't beat'em, join'em
If you can't dazzle them with your brilliance, baffle them with your bullshit
If you can't enjoy your company, how could anyone else?
if you can't find it, grind it
if you can't kill the king then don't wound him
If you can't see the bottom, don't put your foot in the water.(Swedish)
if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen
if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen
if you can't walk the walk, don't talk the talk
if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all
If you had time to do it twice, you had time to do it right the first time
if you love something set it free
if you play your cards right...
if you were any closer, it would bite you
if your foresight was as good as your hindsight, we would be better by a far sight
if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem
if you've seen one you've seen 'em all
ignorance is bliss
ignorance of the law is no excuse
I'll be a monkey's uncle
I'll be damned
I'll be the judge of that, thank you
I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts
I'll fix your little red wagon
I'll leave you with something to chew on
I'll procrastinate later
I'll punch his lights out
I'll see you in hell
I'm going bananas
I'm gonna clean your clock
I'm gonna lay down the law
I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair
I'm in hog heaven
I'm insurance poor.
I'm not a rocket scientist (it ain't rocket science)
I'm not getting any younger
I'm not ugly, I'm visually challenging
I'M OKAY, YOU'RE OKAY
I'm on a roll
I'm only human
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
Importance is always relative
in a flash
in a jiffy
in a New York minute
IN A NUTSHELL
in a pig's eye
in any way, shape or form
in bed with one's boots on
in deep shit
in every life a little rain must fall
in for a fleecing
in for a penny, in for a pound
in for the long haul
in full cry
in one ear and out the other
in over your head
in seventh heaven
In still weather everyone is a good sailor.(Swedish)
in the back of my mind
in the ballpark
in the buff
in the doghouse
in the money
in the nick of time
in the red (black)
in the wake of
In what has become ...
Indecision is the key to flexibility
INEXORABLY DRAWN
INFLUENCE PEDDLING
innocent as the day he was born
INTENTS AND PURPOSES
is a frogs ass water tight?
is nothing sacred?
is that a mouse in your pocket or are you just happy to see me
is the glass half-empty or half-full
is the Pope Catholic?
is the Pope Polish?
isn't that special
it ain't over till it's over
it ain't over till the fat lady sings
it all boils down to this
it beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
it beats being beat in the butt with a dead rabbit
it beats picking cotton
It could be worse
It happens to the best
It has to get worse, before it gets better
It is a good experience, it makes me stronger
It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all
It is my life
It is my mess, and finally I got something for myself
It is the inside that really matters
it isn't all sweetness and light
it just goes to show...
It keeps me from the street
It probably prevented something worse happening
It seemed like a good idea at the time
It sounds like a thrashing machine (courtesy of Julie's father)
it stands to reason
it takes all kinds
It takes two to tango
it took my breath away
IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT
it was a piece of cake
it was a white-knuckle ride
it was an ill-fated idea
it will be a cold day in hell
It will be good for something
It will be worse
It would not be fun when life is so easy
It'll feel better when it stops hurting
it's a cakewalk
it's a catch 22
it's a dog-eat-dog world
its a dog's life
it's a freckle past a hair
it's a jungle out there
it's a long shot
It's a new life every day
it's a one-horse town
it's a sure thing
it's all cut and dried
it's all Greek to me
it's all in your head
it's all topsy turvy
It's always darkest before the dawn
it's an ill wind that blows no good
It's autumn in her mouth and all her tongue can do is rustle!
It's been a pleasure
it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick
it's cutting edge
it's darkest just before the dawn
it's gone tits up
it's got a great beat, but you can't dance to it
It's just one of those days, I guess
it's like deja vu all over again
its like my daddy used to say
it's like trying to nail porridge to the wall
it's neck and neck
it's never too late to learn
it's not all it's cracked up to be
it's not over till it's over
it's not the hate, it's the stupidity.
it's not the heat, it's the humidity
it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game
it's not written in stone
it's nothing earth-shattering
it's on the tip on my tongue
it's only a matter of time
It's only fear that makes you run
It's only fear that makes you stay
it's raining cats and dogs.
It's so hot I'm sweatin' pickles
I've been had
I've got a good memory, but it's short
I've got a monkey on my back
I've got other fish to fry
Jade green
jet black
jiggles like Jello/jelly
Jiminy Christmas
jockeying for position
join the ranks
JOY AND SORROW
judge not, lest ye be judged
jump on the bandwagon
jumping on the bandwagon
just a drop in the bucket
just admiring the view
just around the bend
just as sweet as you please
just fell off the turnip truck
just like riding a bike
just staying one day ahead of yesterday
just taking it one day at a time
just thought I'd throw that in
just washed my hair and cant do a thing with it
just what the doctor ordered
keep a stiff upper lip
keep 'em flying (keep your spirits up)
keep on your toes
keep the home fires burning
keep your chin up
keep your eye on the ball
keep your eyes peeled
keep your nose to the grindstone
keep your shirt on
keep your shoulder to the wheel
keep your thoughts to yourself
keeping (staying) on top of it
keeping the world safe for democracy
keeps her cards close to her chest
kick 'em when they're down
kick off (unless you're writing about
kick the bucket
kicked (took it) in the huevos
kill 'em with kindness, I always say
kill'em all, let God sort'em out
killing yourself to live
KING'S ENGLISH
KISS OF DEATH
kitten on the keys
knee jerk reaction
knock 'em dead
knock it off
knock on wood
knock yourself out
knocked for a loop
KNOW HIM FROM ADAM
knows it chapter and verse
La via esta duro, amigo
laid to rest
landmark
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
laughing all the way to the bank
laughter is the best medicine
LAW OF THE JUNGLE
LAW OF THE LAND
leafy suburb (and its cousin tree-lined
LEAPS AND BOUNDS
least said soonest mended
left out in the cold
left-handed compliment
lesser of two evils
let God sort 'em out
let me bend your ear
let sleeping dogs lie
let the cat out of the bag
let them eat cake
let's forge ahead, shall we
let's get the ball rolling
let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes
let's tie the knot
LIBERAL MEDIA
lickety-split
licking one's wounds
lie down with dogs and wake up with fleas
lies like a rug
LIFE AND LIMB
life do get daily don't it
life goes on
Life goes on
LIFE IMITATES ART
life in the fast lane
Life is a bitch
life is a bowl of cherries
Life is a series of disappointments, followed by death
Life is hard
Life is life
life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get
Life is messy
Life is not hard, it only needs some positive thinking
Life is so short, I want to experience as much as possible
Life is unfair
Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans
life is what you make it
life stinks
Life sucks, and then you die...
life's a bitch (then you die; then you marry one)
life's hard, then you die
Life's not so bad, when you consider the alternative
life's too short
lift myself up by the bootstraps
lift your game (get your act together)
light a fire under it
light as a feather
LIGHTEN UP
lighter than air
lightning never strikes twice
like a bat out of hell
like a bolt from the blue
like a broken record
like a cat on a hot tin roof
like a dog chasing cars
like a duck on a June Bug
like a fish out of water
like a kid in a candy store
LIKE A SORE THUMB
like an accident waiting to happen
like balling the jack
like chalk and cheese (English)
like flies on shit
like getting your tit in the wringer
like lambs to the slaughter
like looking for a needle in a haystack
like pantyhose on a mermaid
like pigs in a poke
like shooting fish in a barrel
like stink on shit
like taking candy from a baby
LIKE THE PLAGUE
like there's no tomorrow
like tits on a bullfrog
like two peas in a pod
like walking on eggshells
like water off a duck's back
like white on rice
lit (cocked) to the gills
LITTLE BLACK BOOK
little strokes fell great oaks
Live and learn
Live and let live
livin' in the fast lane
living in an ivory tower
lock, stock, and barrel
long in the tooth
LONG LOST LOVE
look before you leap
look out for number one
look what the cat dragged in
looked him/her straight in the eye
looks can be deceiving
looks like someone hit you with an ugly stick
looks like there's a new sheriff in town
Lord willin' and the creeks don't rise
lost as a Betsy bug.
lost like a ball in high weeds.
Lots of honey makes bees lazy
loud (something) as all get out
LOUNGE LIZARD
love and hate are two horns on the same goat
Love comes around while doing things you like
love conquers all
Love hurts
love is a many splendored thing
love is blind
love it or leave it
love thy neighbor
LOVED AND LOS
lower the boom
lying through your teeth
mad as a hatter
mad as a wet hen
madder than a wet hen
made in the shade
made it by the skin of my teeth
make a big deal out of nothing
make a fast buck
make a statement without saying a word
make hay while the sun shines
make like a baby and head out
make like a tree and leave
MAKE MY DAY
make tracks
makes my skin crawl
makeshift memorial
makin' a list and checkin' it twice.
Making a bad decision is better than making no decision at all
making a mountain out of a molehill
making a world of difference
making ends meet
making him sing like a canary
making money hand over fist
making the beast with two backs
MALE CHAUVINIST
manicured lawns
man's best friend
MAN'S BEST FRIEND
many a mickle macks a muckle
many hands make light the work
many hands make light work
MANY MOONS
MANY-SPLENDORED THING
march to the beat of a different drummer
mares eat oats and does eat oats
massive
maybe something will jog your memory
mean as a snake
MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIP
measure twice, cut once
media circus
MELLOW OUT
memory like an elephant
methinks she doth protest too much
Mi Casa es Su Casa.
Midnight is where the day begins
might as well, can't dance
milk-white
milk-white skin
mind like a sieve
mind like a steel trap
mind over matter
mind your manners
mind your own business
mind your p's and q's
misery loves company
misery loves company
missed by a hair
missed the boat
mixed reviews
MOMENT OF GLORY
MOMENT'S RESPITE
MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK
money burns a hole in his pocket
money doesn't grow on trees
money is the root of all evil
money makes the world go round
monkey see, monkey do
MONKEY SUIT
more ____ than Carter's has liver pills (or Wrigley's has gum)
more cliches than you can shake a stick at
more fun than a barrel of monkeys
more than one way to skin a cat
more than you can shake a stick at
Most of the mountains we have in life are ones we build ourselves.
Most of the work is being done to counter the effects of other people’s work: when we all agree to work half as much, the total result would be the same.
Most people don’t even know why they feel they have to work
Mother Nature's wrath
MOTHERHOOD AND APPLE PIE
mouth like a (swears like a) sailor/truck driver
Move over, xxx.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
MOVING EXPERIENCE
music has power to soothe the savage beast
music to my ears
Must I live my days in these concrete ways
my blood froze
my cup runneth over
My dogs are barkin'
my hair was on end
my hat's off to you
my head is swimming
my heart sank
my heart sings
my little black book
my nerves are shot
my stomach is tied up in knots
naked as a jaybird
name that tune
name your poison
nary a word was spoken
nature's first green is gold
near and dear to my heart
NEAT AS A PIN
necessity is the mother of invention
neither a borrower not a lender be
neither fish nor fowl
neither here nor there
nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof
nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs
nervous as a whore in church
never hurts to try
never in a month of sundays
never look a gift horse in the mouth
never pet a burning dog
never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
never say never
never take a shower with a cat duct taped to your chest (c)
Next time better
nice cage, no bird
nice day for a picnic
Nice guys finish last
nice play, Shakespeare.
nice work, if you can get it
nip it in the bud
no accounting for taste
No guts, no glory
NO LOVE LOST
no matter where you go...there you are.
No news is good news
no one here but us chickens!
No pain, no gain
No shit, sherlock.
no skin off my back
NO STONE UNTURNED
NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT
no use crying over spilled milk
no use flogging a dead horse
No victory without a battle
no way (or why) on God's green Earth
No way, Jose
Nobody is perfect
nod off
none too pleased
NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE
Not a spinning wheel in the kingdom and then you prick your finger!
not by the hair of my chinny chin chin
not enough room to swing a cat
not even!
not for all the tea in China
not for nothing, but...
NOT IN MY BACK YARD
not just another pretty face
not my cup of tea
NOT ON YOUR TINTYPE
not rowing with both oars
not worth a hill of beans
NOT!
Nothing is impossible for those who don't have to do it themselves.(Swedish)
nothing new under the sun
nothing to fear but fear itself
nothing to sneeze at
nothing ventured nothing gained
now or never
now this won't hurt a bit
now's as good a time as any
now's your chance
numb as a hake
NUMBER ONE FAN
NUMEROUS TO MENTION
nutty as a fruitcake
Of course life is hard, that's why they pay you the big bucks
off the cuff
off the top of my head
OFF THE WAGON
oh, to be a fly on the wall
oh, woe is me
oil-rich
old adage
old as the hills
old blowhard
old habits die hard
OLD MEETS NEW
old standby
OLDER AND WISER
Olympic proportions
on a roll
on a wild goose chase
on bended knee
on cloud nine
on equal footing
on him like ugly on an ape
on solid ground
ON THE BANDWAGON
on the double
on the edge of my seat
on the edge of your seat
on the house
on the level
ON THE NOSE
on the other hand
on the run
on the tip of my tongue
ON THE WAGON
on to something
on top of the world
On ya bike! (Australian?)
on/off the wagon
once bitten, twice shy
once in a blue moon
once in a coon's age
once in a dog's age
one bad apple spoils the bunch
ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE
one brick short of a load
One day I will wake up, and it will all fit together
ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
One for the books
one good turn deserves another
one in a million
One lost, ten found
one man's foul weather is another man's fair
one man's meat is another man's poison
one man's trash is another man's treasure
one size fits all
One step at a time
one taco short of a combination plate
one toe over the line
ONLY GAME IN TOWN
only the strong survive
ONLY TO BE MET
open a can of worms
open and shut case
open mouth, closed mind/ears
opened a can of worms
opportunity doesn't knock twice
opportunity only knocks once
opposites attract
out for a Sunday stroll
out in left field
out like a light
out of sight, out of mind
out of the blue
out of the blue
OUT OF THE FRYING PAN
out of the frying pan and into the fire
out of this world
out with the old, in with the new
outpouring of support
over and done with
over the edge
over the top
oy vey!
packed my bags
packing heat
packing lead
packing xx-mph winds
PAIN AND SUFFERING
pain in the (ass,neck,butt)
Pain is nature's way of telling you that you are still alive
Pain is no protection against more pain
Pain is resistance
Pain is weakness leaving the body
paint oneself into a corner
paint the town red
PANIC BUTTON
part and parcel
Parting is such sweet sorrow
PARTY POOPER
pass the buck
passed with flying colors
-passing the buck
pat on the back
patience is a virtue
PATTER OF LITTLE FEET
pay a king's ransom
pay an arm and a leg
pay attention to details
pay the dept of nature
PAY THROUGH THE NOSE
peaches and cream complexion
PEAS IN A POD
peel out
pennies from heaven
penny for your thoughts
penny pincher
penny wise and pound foolish
people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
petered out
physician, heal thyself
pick over the ruins
picture perfect
piece of cake
PIG IN A POKE
pin a rose on your nose.
pin your hopes on something
PINKO
pipe down
pissing down rain
piss-poor
pitch black
Plain as a rainy Tuesday!
Plans for xyz took a step toward reality ...
play both ends against the middle
play hot potato
play the cards you're dealt
play the final card
played me for a fool
playing hardball
playing possum
playing the field
playing with fire
pleased as punch
plenty of fish in the sea
plenty to go 'round
POISON PEN
poker face
POOR EXCUSE FOR
Poor planning on your part does not create an emergency on my part
Popularity (admiration) is not love
poster boy/girl/child
potty/toilet mouth
pour it on thick
pouring rain
practice makes perfect
pray to the porcelain god
preaching to the choir
predawn darkness
pretty as a picture
pretty as a picture
pretty penny
pride before the fall
primed to the sticking point
PROUD POSSESSOR
P'S AND Q'S
pull a boner
pull a fast one
pull a rabbit out of a hat
pull your head out of your ass
pull yourself up by the bootstraps
pulled the wool over my eyes
pulling the wool over his eyes
pure as the driven snow
push the envelope
put a cork in it
put a little elbow grease into it
put a monkeywrench in the works
put my foot in my mouth
put that in your pipe and smoke it
put the pedal to the metal
put up your feet and stay awhile
put your foot in your mouth
put your heart into it
put your money where your mouth is
putting his feet to the fire
putting the cart before the horse
putting the screws to him
Que sera, sera
queen for a day
queer as a three dollar bill
quick as a bunny
quiet as a mouse
quit bustin' my chops
quit giving me the 3rd degree
quit horsing around!
quit while you're ahead
RADICAL CHIC
rain fails to dampen (anything, but often
rain showers
rain-drenched
raining buckets
raining cats and dogs
raise the dead
raise the roof
raised in a sandbox
raising cain
raking in the dough
raking it in
rally round
ralphed
RANK AND FILE
rarin' to go
rattle the rafters
rattle trap
read between the lines
read it and weep
read me like a book
READ MY LIPS
read the handwriting on the wall
red as blood
red herring
RED HERRING
red sky in the morning, sailor's warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight
reed-thin
region)
REIGN SUPREME
REMEMBER THE ALAMO
reopen an old wound
rest assured
resting on one's laurels
riding on my coattails
riding the wild pony
right as rain
right as rain
right on the money
right on the nose
right up your alley
ring in the new year
rise and shine
ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS
roaring fire
robbing peter to pay paul
ROCK AND A HARD PLACE
rode hard and put away wet
roll out the red carpet
roll over in his grave
roll with the punches
rolling in the dough
Rome was not built in one day
rose red
rough as a cob
rough as sandpaper
rubbing salt in his wounds
ruby red
ruby red lips
rule with an iron fist
rules are made to be broken
run like the wind
run the gauntlet
run with the fox and bark with the hounds
running around like a chicken with it's head cut off
RUNNING DOG LACKEY
running with wolves
runs like a top
rushed to the hospital
SAFE THAN SORRY
sail (ride off) into the sunset
SALT OF THE EARTH
same ol' same ol'
Same shit, different day
same song and dance
sat bolt upright
save by the bell
sawing a log
say what you will....
say yer prayers (...rabbit)
Scared dogs bark most.(Swedish)
scared stiff
SCARED STIFF
SCARED TO DEATH
scaredy-cat
scattered to the four winds
scraping the bottom of the barrel
scream bloody murder
screaming bloody murder
SCREAMING MEEMIES
Secrets are secret
see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
see the world through rose colored glasses
see you later, alligator
seeing red
seems just like old times
selling like hotcakes
SENSES REEL
sent shock waves
SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT
set your teeth on edge
SHAKE A STICK SHOULD OF
shallow grave
shape up or ship out
sharp as a knife
sharp as a sack of wet mice
sharp as a tack (or marble, if you aim to insult)
she could test the patience of Job
she drinks like a fish
she fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down
she gave me a withering glance
she got called up on the carpet
she has a green thumb
she has bats in her belfry
she has everything but the kitchen sink
she has pull (clout)
she is a loose cannon
she threw a wet blanket on my idea
she wears her heart on her sleeve
she wouldn't know me from Adam
she's ALL THAT
she's all twitter-pated
she's an open book
she's been hit with an ugly stick
she's burning her candle at both ends
she's fighting a losing battle
she's getting the red carpet treatment
she's got eye's in the back of her head
she's got money to burn
she's hot to trot
she's in hot water
she's lost her marbles
she's not the brightest bulb on the patio
she's not the only fish in the sea
she's not ugly, she's FUGLY
she's out sowing her wild oats
she's out to lunch
she's taking the bait
she's tugging on your chain
shining like the sun
shirt off his back
shit a brick
shit fire and fall in it
shit happens
shit or get off the pot
shiver me timber
shocked and saddened/dismayed
shoot first, ask questions later
shoot it straight
shoot the breeze
shoot yourself in the foot
shooting for the moon
shooting from the hip
shooting yourself in the foot
Short pleasures are often long regretted.(Swedish)
shot in the dark
shot to hell
shotgun wedding
SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL
SHOULDERED HIS WAY
shove off
show me the money!
show some spine
showed no emotion
sick as a dog
sick as a dog
sick to death of it
SIGH OF RELIEF
signed, sealed and delivered
SIGNIFICANT OTHER
silence is golden
simple pleasure are the best
since God was a small boy
sing a few lines of old woop boodle doo -- W.C. Fields
sing for your supper
sing like a bird
sings like an angel
sink or swim
sitting on pins and needles
sitting on the fence
six feet under
six of one, half dozen of the other
skating on thin ice
skeletons in the closet
skin like milk
slap on the back
sleep like a baby
sleep like a log
sleep like the dead
sleep with the fishes
sleeping her way to the top
slender as a reed
slender as a willow
SLEPT LIKE A LOG
slick as snot on a glass doorknob
slicker n' snot
slipped my mind
slippery as an eel
slow and steady wins the race
slow as molasses in January
slower than a seven year itch
slower than a snail
slower than molasses
sly as a fox
smack dab in the middle
SMALL WORLD
small world, isn't it?
smart ass
smart cookies don't crumble
Smart is better than Stupid.
smarter than the average bear
smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone
Smile. It makes people wonder
smooth as a baby's bottom
smooth as glass
smooth as silk
snow job
snowball's chance in hell
snowy white
SNUG AS A BUG
snug as a bug in a rug
so close, yet so far away.
so far, so good
so hungry I could eat a horse
so hungry I could eat the ass end out of a rhino
so mad/angry it made his blood boil
so many men so little time
so much for that
so quiet you could hear a pin drop
soar like a bird
soar like a hawk
soft/smooth as a baby's ass
Some day my ship will come in
SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS
Some pots you don't stir
some things are better left unsaid
something rotten in Denmark
something smells fishy
SOMETHING THE CAT DRAGGED IN
something you can really sink your teeth into
sometimes a cigar is just a cigar
Sometimes you get the bear....and sometimes the bear gets you
sometimes you just gotta let your hair down
son of a gun!
sorry Charlie
Sorry, I did not mean to hurt you
sounding off
sounds like somebody sawing through a bag of wet chickens
sour as lemons
SPADE A SPADE
SPARE THE ROD
spare the rod, spoil the child
sparked controversy
sparkled like diamonds
speak of the devil
speaking in riddles
spineless wimp
spinning your wheels
spirits at a parade or
SPITTING IMAGE
spoil the fun
SPRING TO LIFE
square off
SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS THE GREASE
staring off into space/nowhere
START FROM SCRATCH
state-of-the-art
stayed too long at the fair
staying power
stealing the show
steer clear of it
step down (for resign)
step on a crack, break your mother's back
step on it
step up (efforts)
stepping on people's toes
STICK IN THE MUD
stick it to the man
stick it where the sun don't shine
stick to your guns
stick up for the little guy
stick with it
sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me
sticks out like a sore thumb
stiff as a board
stiff as an old boot
still as a church mouse
still waters run deep
STILL WATERS RUN DEEP
still wet behind the ears
stinking to high heaven
stir up an ant's nest
stirring up trouble
stood/stuck out like a sore thumb
stop and smell the roses
stop on a dime
stop the presses!
stopped in his/her tracks
stopped short
STORE BOUGHT
storm-tossed (-ravaged, etc.)
stow it
straight as an arrow
straight from the horses mouth
straighten up and fly right
stranger in a strange land
strangled to death
strong as a bull
strong as a truck
strong as an ox
struggling to make sense of (a tragedy)
stubborn as a mule
stuck in a rut
STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF
STUFFED SHIRT
stupid (foolish) is as stupid (foolish) does
stupid is as stupid does
success has a thousand fathers while failure is an orphan
Such is life, and it's getting sucher and sucher
sun-drenched (-dappled)
survival of the fittest
sweating blood
sweating bullets
sweating like a pig
sweet 16 and never been kissed
sweet as pie
sweet as sugar
sworn affidavit
ta ta for now
tackle my homework
take a hike
take a long walk off a short plank
take him to task
take it and run with it
take it at face value
take it easy
Take it like a man
take it on the lam
take it or leave it
take it to the limit
take off, you hoser, eh?
take the bull by the horns
TAKE THE PLUNGE
take the world by the balls/by storm
take this job and shove it
take your fate into your own hands
taken with a grain of salt
takes its toll on you
TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
takes the cake
taking his pound of flesh
taking the scenic route
TALK TURKEY
talking behind his back
talking out of your head
talking to ralph on the big white telephone
tall as a tree
tall dark and handsome
tall tale
tarred and feathered
tastes like battery acid
tastes like chicken
teacher's pet
tear into it
Tell your story walking
tempest in a teacup
TEN FOOT POLE
tense standoff
testing one's mettle
thank God it's friday
thanks for the memories
that and a quarter will get you a cup of coffee
that argument doesn't hold water
that baby runs like a scalded dog
that burns me up
that chaps my hide
that gets my goad
that hits the spot
that oughta tide you over
that really brings it home
that rings a bell
that sucks!
that was cold-blooded
that'll be the day
that's a load off my mind
that's a new wrinkle in my horn.
that's a real stem-winder
that's a whole new can of worms
that's a wrap
that's about the size of it
that's all folks
that's easy for you to say
that's enough to piss off the Pope
that's icing on the cake
that's it in a nutshell
that's just like the pot calling the kettle black.
that's just the tip of the iceberg
that's like a turtle on a fence post
that's like closing the barn door after the horse escapes
that's neither here nor there
that's old hat
that's par for the course
that's pretty run-of-the-mill
that's rubber on the side of the road
that's skull duggery
that's some ole good
that's the $64,000 question
that's the long and short of it
that's the way lady luck dances
that's the way the ball bounces
that's the way the cookie crumbles
that's the whole ball of wax
that's water under the bridge
the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree
the apple doesn't fall far from the tree
the ball is in your court
the belle of the ball
the best thing since little apples
the big picture
the bigger they are the harder they fall
the blind leading the blind
the blind leading the dumb/naked
the bottom line.
the buck stops here
the butler did it
the cat's meow
the cat's pajamas
the cat's whiskers (English version of 'the cat's meow')
the cream of the crop
the devil is always ready to rock the cradle of the saint who sleeps
the devil is in the details
The devil made me do it
the devil must be beating his wife
the die is cast
the dog ate my homework
the drowning death
the early bird gets the worm
THE EARTH MOVED
the emperor wears no clothes
the end justifies the means
the everyman
the exception that proves the rule
the eyes are the mirrors (windows) of (to) the soul
the fatal shooting death
the fickle finger of fate
THE FINAL ANALYSIS
the full monty
the girl next door
The glass of the mirror simply melted away!
the glove don't make the ball player!
the gospel truth
the grass is always greener on the other side
the greatest thing since sliced bread
the hand that rocks the cradle
the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world
the hands of time
the last rose of summer
the last straw
the last straw
the lesser of two evils
the light at the end of the tunnel
the light's on but nobody's home
the living daylights
the long arm of the law
the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away
the lord moves in mysterious ways
the lowest on the totem pole
the luck of the draw
the meek shall inherit the earth
the melting pot
the more the merrier
the more things change, the more they stay the same
the more we learn, the less we know
the nail that sticks up gets hammered down
the night is young and so are we
the old ball and chain
the old gray mare just ain't what she used to be
the one that got away
The one who makes no mistakes does none of the work
the only difference between women and girls is the price of their pearls
the only people I trust are you and me, and I am not too sure about you!
the only thing to fear is fear itself
the pen is mightier than the sword
the pick of the litter
the place was crawling with cops (hookers, something)
the platter was better than the meat
the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
the prodigal son returns
the proof is in the pudding
the quiet before the storm
THE REAL MCCOY
the rich get richer and the poor get poorer
The road to ruin (hell) is paved with good intentions
The road to success is always under construction
THE SAME OLD STORY
The sharper is the berry, the sweeter is the wine
the shoes on the other foot now
the show must go on
the sky's the limit
the south shall rise again
the squeaky wheel gets the grease
the straw that broke the camel's back
the stronger the breeze the stronger the trees
the strongest steel is cast in the hottest fire
The strongest winds blow on the highest mountains
The sun in your eyes made some of the lies worth believing
the tables are turned
the tail that wagged the dog
the tale of the tape
the tide's beginning to turn
the truth hurts
The truth is just as meaningful as the lie
the twilight years
The waiting is the hardest part
the way to a man's heart is through his stomach
the whole kit and caboodle
the whole shootin' match
The world goes to shit when I don’t do this first
them's fightin' words (Bugs to Yosemite)
There are lies, damned lies and statistics
There are no words for emptiness
There are plenty more fish in the sea
there are starving children in Africa
there but for the grace of God go I
there for the taking
There is a light at the end of the tunnel
There is harmony in disharmony
There is no comfort in the truth
There is nothing to fear but fear itself
there may be snow on the roof, but there's fire in the belly
There must be a reason
there now, that wasn't so bad, was it?
there ought to be a law against that
There will be another one
There will come a day when all the work is finished or when it is too late to finish it
there'll be hell to pay
there's a first time for everything
there's a God and I'm not him
there's a sucker born every minute
there's more than one fish in the sea.
there's more than one way to skin a cat
there's more where that came from
there's no honor among thieves
there's no such thing as a free lunch
there's no time like the present
there's one in every crowd
there's only two things certain in life death and taxes
there's something fishy about that
there's something I've been meaning to tell you
THESE THINGS HAPPEN
They are (he/she is) not alone.
they gave him carte blanche
they threw the book at him
they're getting hitched
they're jumping the broomstick
they're like two peas in a pod
they're so poor they'd steal shit from a chicken.
thick as a brick
thick as glue/paste
thick as mud
thick as pea soup
thicker than blood
thin as six o'clock
thin as water
things are not always as they seem
third times a charm
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM
this could be the start of something big
THIS DAY AND AGE
this hurts me worse than it does you
This is a process of eliminating options
this is for the birds
THIS POINT IN TIME
This too, shall pass
this town's not big enough for the two of us
those who have, get
three sheets to the wind
THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT
threw a curve ball
threw up my hands (in concession/in disgust)
through hell or high water
THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
throw a fit
throw caution to the wind
throw in the towel
throw out the baby with the bath water
throwing caution to the wind
throwing out the baby with the bathwater
throwing the baby out with the bath water
tickle the ivories
tickled pink
tied up right now
tighter than a drum
tightlipped
till the cows come home
TILL THE FAT LADY SINGS
Timber!
TIME AND TIME AGAIN
time flies when you're having fun
time heals all wounds
Time is a cure
time is money
time is of the essence
time is up
time on my hands
time stands still
time to pay the piper
time waits for no man
time will tell
time-honored
timing is everything
tin ear
tingling with anticipation
tit for tat
to assume makes an ASS out of U and ME
to be honest with you
To be or not to be
to cry wolf
to each his own
TO ERR IS HUMAN
to err is human, to forgive divine
to feather your nest
to lie down with lions
to live from hand to mouth
to tell you the truth
TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE
to the victor go the spoils
to the victor goes the spoils
Today is the first day of the rest of your life
toe the line
Tomorrow is another day
Tomorrow, no one will remember
TONGUE-IN-CHEEK
too close for comfort.
too little too late
Too many chiefs and not enough Indians
too many cooks in the kitchen
too many cooks spoil the broth.
too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash
too rich for my blood
toodles
took me to the cleaners
took off like a bat out of hell
took off like a shot
tooth and nail
top of the morning
torn asunder
TOUCH OF BLARNEY
touche
touchy feelie
tough act to follow
tough as leather
tough as nails
tow the line
TRADITIONAL FAMILY VALUES
train of thought
treated like a dog
tree-lined streets (especially quiet ones)
TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
tried and true
TRIED AND TRUE
trip the light fantastic
trouble with a capital `T'
TRUE BLUE
Truth is nothing but a feeling that something is true
Truth is relative
truth is stranger than fiction
try as I might
try your hand at something
trying to put a square peg in a round hole
turn over a new leaf
turn the other cheek
twice as nice
twice as strong as an ox and half as smart
twiddling your thumbs
twist of fate
TWISTS AND TURNS
two birds with one stone
two cans short of six pack.
two hairs past the freckle, eastern elbow time.
two heads are better than one
two is company, three is a crowd
two left feet
two of a kind
two sides of the same coin
two wrongs don't make a right
two's company, three's a crowd
U is part of US
ugly as a mud fence
ugly as sin
unbeknownst to me/him
under my skin
under the gun
UNDER THE GUN
UNDER THE SAME ROOF
under the sauce
under the table
under the weather
UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE
UNEXPECTED TWIST
unlucky at cards, lucky in love
up a creek without a paddle
UP HIS SLEEVE
up one side and down the other
UP THE CREEK
UP THE WRONG TREE
up to his ears in trouble
upsy-daisy/oopsy-daisy
used to death
useless as a pocket in a pair of underpants
useless as a screen door on a submarine
useless as tits on a bull
variety is the spice of life
VERY REAL CONCERN
VIEW WITH ALARM
Vini, Vidi, Vici
voicing concern
wait and see
wait-and-see attitude
Waiting always lasts long
waiting for the other shoe to drop
waiting in the wings
waiting with baited breath
wake the dead
wake up and smell the coffee
waking up on the wrong side of the bed
waking up with the chickens
walk softly and carry a big stick
walking on air
walking on eggshells
walking on sunshine
walking on thin ice
want my place in the sun
war-torn (-ravaged, etc.)
WAS MY FACE RED
wash your mouth out with soap
waste not, want not
watch and wait
watching the clock
water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
way to go Einstein!
we all have our crosses to bear
We are all alone
We are each the keepers of our own soul
we can put a man on the moon but we can't...
weak as a baby
wearing nothin' but his birthday suit
wearing the big girlie blouse (Australian)
wears his/her heart on his/her sleeve
weather the storm
WEB OF INTRIGUE
WEEK OF SUNDAYS
Welcome to ...
welcome to the club
we'll cross that bridge when we come to it
well frost my cookies
well how do you like *them* apples?
well I'll be a monkeys uncle
we'll jump that fence when we get to it
well pinch my toes and call me a jelly doughnut
well slap the dog & spit on the fire
well this is a fine how do you do
Well, at least I know that I am capable of... (beating wife, getting drunk, etc.).
Well, at least I tried
well, duh
well, I'll be
well, spank my ass and call me Judy
wellspring of ...
went belly up
went over like a lead balloon
went storming off in a huff
went through the roof
we're going to burn the midnight oil
we're gonna tie one on tonight
we're not in Kansas anymore
we're really going to town
we're sitting ducks
were you born in a barn?
wet behind the ears
we've hit paydirt
WHAT A BUMMER
what a tangled web we weave...
what a way to go
what are you stewing about?
What began as ... turned into...
what crawled up your butt and died?
what does that have to do with the price of rice/tea in china
what doesn't kill us makes us stronger
what ever flips your switch.
what goes around comes around
what goes up must come down
What he/she/they didn't know was that...
what in tarnation
what is this, the Spanish Inquisition/20 questions?
what on earth is wrong with me (you)?
WHAT THE DICKENS
WHAT THE HECK/HELL
what will be will be
what you see is what you get
whatcha-ma-callit/thingamajigger
whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger
whatever floats your boat
whatever melts your butter
whatever tickles your fancy
whatever turns you on....
what's a little ______ among friends
what's cookin' good lookin'?
what's done is done
what's going down?
what's good for the goose is good for the gander
WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE
what's stuck in your craw?
what's that got to do with the price of eggs in chicago
WHEELER-DEALER
when all is said and done
When at first you don't succeed, try try again
When God gives you lemons, make lemonade
when hell freezes over
When in doubt, consult your inner child
when in Rome, do as the Romans do
When it rains, it pours
when life gives you lemons make lemonade
when pigs fly
when push comes to shove
when the cat's away, the mice will play
when the chips are down
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going
When the pony dies, the ride is over
when the shit hits the fan
when the tide goes out the rocks begin to show
When the work is done, I will have time for myself
When you are not strong, you must be smart
when you gotta go, you gotta go
when you start picking out people you start leaving people out
when you're boarding out the boat, you don't bother to paint it
where do you draw the line?
where do you hang your hat?
where the rubber meets the road
where there's smoke there's fire
Where's the Beef?
Whew!
while away the hours
While the tailor rests, the needle rusts. (Swedish)
whistle in the dark
white as a ghost
white as a sheet
white as bone
white as snow
white stuff, the (usually dumped on a
Who cares about reasoning anyway
who could forget
who died and left you the boss?
who died and made him king (God)?
WHO HAS EVERYTHING
who peed in your cornflakes?
who pissed in your Cheerios?
Whoever dies with the most toys wins
WHOLE BALL OF WAX
WHOLE HOG
why do today what you can put off 'til tomorrow
why don't we all chip in
wide as the sea
WILD OATS
will miracles never cease
will wonders never cease
Willy Nilly
WIMP
WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
win one for the gipper
winning isn't everything
Wisdom is not truth
WISDOM OF THE AGES
wish on a star
wishful thinking
with an iron fist
with one hand tied behind my back
With visions of redemption, I walk against the crowd
WITHOUT BENEFIT OF CLERGY
WOLF AT THE DOOR
women and children first!
women/men, can't live with'em, can't live without'em
wonder of wonders
WORDS FAIL
WORK LIKE A DOG
world weary
Worse things happen at sea
WORST NIGHTMARE
worthless as tits on a boar
wouldn't kick her(him) outta bed for eatin' crackers
wouldn't weigh ten pounds wet carrying a mule
WRONG SIDE OF THE BED
YEARS YOUNG
YELLOW JOURNALISM
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
you bet your boots
you better believe it!
you better straighten up and fly right
you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar
you can dish it out, but you sure can't take it
you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink
you can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think
you can never be too rich or too blonde
you can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose.
you can tell the men from the boys by the price of their toys
you can't get blood from a turnip
You can't have it all
you can't have your cake and eat it too
you can't judge a book by its cover
You can't learn to swim without getting in the water.
you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
you can't put anything past her
you can't run a jackass in the derby and expect to win
you can't squeeze blood out of a turnip
you can't take it with you
you can't teach an old dog new tricks
You can't tell a book by its outside cover
you could hear a mouse piss on cotton
you could knock me over with a feather
you could put your eye out
you done bumped your head!
you don't know what's in the pickle barrel till you take the lid off.
you drive me crazy
you drive me nuts
you drive me up a wall
You get nothing for free
you get what you give
you got your just desserts
you gotta put your foot down
you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet
you have to separate the chaff from the wheat
you have to stand for something or you'll fall for anything
you hit the nail on the head
YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY
you lie like a dog
you lie like a rug
you look as if you've seen a ghost
you made your bed, now you gotta lie in it
you make a better door than a window
you must be out of your mind
You must row with the oars that you have.(Swedish)
you only hurt the one you love
you only live once
you reap what you sow
you say potayto, I say potahto.
You see? I told you I was sick!
You throw filth on the living and flowers on the dead.
you wash my back, I'll wash yours
you win some you lose some
you'd complain if you were hung with a new rope.
You'll find your way to heaven, I'll meet you when you are there
you'll know it when you see it
YOUNG AND FOOLISH
young, dumb and full of ,uh, ... rum
your ass is grass
your place or mine
you're all wet
you're dead meat
you're driving me insane
you're off your rocker
you're the gleam in your father's eye
YUPPIE
Zero is sometimes better than nothing



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