A List of Cliches

  • a bald faced liar
  • a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - It is better to stick with what you have now than pursue something you may never get. It is best not to get greedy.
  • a blast from the past - First used by radio DJs introducing old records, something or someone that returns, making you suddenly remember an earlier time in your life, usually in a fond way.
  • a bull in a china shop - Clumsy and aggressive.
  • a carrot on a stick - Offering a reward for making progress towards certain goals. A metaphor referring to a boy sitting on a cart being pulled by a donkey, where he hold a long stick with a carrot tied to it, dangling it in front of the donkey just out of its reach. When the donkey moves forward to get the carrot, it pulls the cart but the carrot always remains just out of reach.
  • a case in point
  • a case of mistaken identity
  • a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link
  • a chip off the old block
  • a corn-fed hick
  • a cult of personality
  • a dark horse
  • a diamond in the rough
  • a face only a mother could love
  • a feather in his cap
  • a fool and his money are soon parted
  • a friend in need, is a friend indeed
  • a frog in my throat
  • a gleam in your father's eye
  • a good man is hard to find
  • a good rule of thumb
  • a good time was had by all
  • a hair of the dog that bit you
  • 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 man for all seasons
  • a man's home is his castle
  • a memory like an elephant
  • a mind is a terrible thing to waste
  • a necessary evil
  • a new lease on life
  • a one-horse town
  • a penny saved is a penny earned
  • a picture is worth a thousand words
  • a poor excuse for
  • a rolling stone gathers no moss
  • a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
  • a shot in the dark
  • a shotgun wedding
  • a sigh of relief
  • a smooth operator
  • a snake in the grass
  • a snowball's chance in hell
  • 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 tall tale
  • a taste of his own medicine
  • a wakeup call
  • a watched pot never boils
  • a wild goose chase
  • a winning combination
  • absence makes the heart grow fonder
  • ace in the hole
  • actions speak louder than words
  • ah, to be young and foolish...
  • airing dirty laundry
  • all bets are off
  • all dressed up and nowhere to go
  • all ears
  • all for one, and one for all
  • all in a day's work
  • all roads lead to Rome
  • all sizzle, no steak
  • all talk and no action
  • all that glitters is not gold
  • all the world's a stage
  • 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
  • always a bridesmaid
  • always look on the bright side
  • am I my brother's keeper?
  • an apple a day keeps the doctor away
  • an easy study
  • an eye for an eye
  • an inch deep and a mile wide
  • an oldie, but a goodie
  • an open book
  • 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 day, another dollar
  • ants in your pants
  • any friend of _________'s is a friend of mine.
  • apple of my eye
  • armchair quarterback
  • armed to the teeth
  • army brat
  • art imitates life
  • artsy-fartsy
  • as dense as a London fog
  • as far as the eye can see
  • as luck would have it
  • as nutty as a fruitcake
  • as old as time
  • as plain as the nose on your face
  • as the crow flies
  • 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 the drop of a hat
  • at the end of the day
  • babe in the woods
  • back against the wall
  • back in a sec
  • back in the saddle
  • back to square one
  • back to the drawing board
  • bad to the bone
  • badge of honor
  • bags all packed and ready to go
  • balls to the wall
  • banging your head against a brick wall
  • baptism by fire
  • bare bones
  • bark is worse than the bite
  • barking up the wrong tree
  • bat out of hell
  • bat the idea around
  • bats in the belfry
  • batten down the hatches
  • battle royal
  • be it ever so humble, there's no place like home
  • be there or be square
  • beat around the bush
  • beat the bushes
  • beating a dead horse
  • beats me
  • beauty is in the eye of the beholder
  • beauty is only skin deep
  • bee in her bonnet
  • been hit with an ugly stick
  • been there, done that
  • beggars can't be choosers
  • behind the eight ball
  • bent out of shape
  • best foot forward
  • bet your bottom dollar
  • better half
  • better late than never
  • better safe than sorry
  • better than ever
  • better the devil you know than the devil you don't.
  • betting the farm
  • between a rock and a hard place
  • between the devil and the deep blue sea
  • beyond the pale
  • big as a house
  • big as life
  • big brother is watching
  • big fish in a small pond
  • big man on campus
  • birds of a feather flock together
  • bite off more than you can chew
  • bite the bullet
  • bite the dust
  • bite your tongue
  • black as coal
  • blaze a new trail
  • bleeding heart
  • blind as a bat
  • blood brothers
  • blood is thicker than water
  • blood money
  • blood on your hands
  • blood sweat and tears
  • blow this joint
  • blowing/tooting his own horn
  • blue in the face
  • blue monday
  • blushing bride
  • bone of contention
  • booze and broads
  • bored to tears
  • born and raised
  • born with a silver spoon in your mouth
  • born yesterday
  • bottom line
  • bottoms up
  • boys will be boys
  • brain drain
  • brain dump
  • brand spankin' new
  • break a leg
  • bring home the bacon
  • buckle down
  • buckle under
  • built like a tank
  • built to last
  • bummer
  • burn the midnight oil
  • burning her candle at both ends
  • burning rubber
  • burning the candle at both ends
  • burning up the track
  • bury the hatchet
  • bury your head in the sand
  • busting a gut
  • busy as a bee
  • 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
  • by hook or by crook
  • call as pade a spade
  • can't beat that with a stick
  • can't blame him for trying
  • can't cut the mustard
  • can't see the forest for the trees
  • carpe diem (means "seize the day" in Latin)
  • cat got your tongue?
  • catching some ZZZ's
  • caught between Scylla and Charybdis
  • caught in the crossfire
  • caught me off guard
  • caught red-handed
  • caught with his hands in the till
  • caught with his pants down
  • changing his tune
  • chapter and verse
  • check it out
  • children should be seen and not heard
  • chomping at the bit
  • clam up
  • clash of the titans
  • cleanliness is next to Godliness
  • clear as a bell
  • close but no cigar
  • close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades
  • cold feet
  • cold shoulder
  • come again?
  • come hell or high water
  • come up short
  • coming apart at the seams
  • coming out of the closet
  • comparing apples to oranges
  • cool as a cucumber
  • cool your jets
  • could care less/couldn't care less
  • couldn't hit the broad side of a barn
  • couldn't make heads or tails of it
  • count your blessings
  • countless hours
  • crammed in like sardines
  • creature comfort
  • creme de la creme
  • crime in the street
  • crossing the Rubbikon
  • cruisin' for a bruisin'
  • cry me a river
  • cry uncle
  • crying crocodile tears
  • curiosity killed the cat
  • curry favor
  • curse a blue streak
  • cut a fine figure
  • cut and dried
  • cut off your nose to spite your face
  • cut the cheese
  • cut through the red tape
  • cut to the chase
  • cut to the quick
  • cute as a button
  • damned if you do, damned if you don't
  • dance with the devil
  • darting to and fro
  • dead as a doornail
  • death and taxes
  • death's doorstep
  • deep in thought
  • didn't just fall off of a turnip truck
  • distance makes the heart grow fonder
  • dog days of summer
  • dog tired
  • don't air your dirty laundy in public
  • don't be a party pooper
  • don't be a stick in the mud
  • don't bite of more than you can chew
  • don't bite the hand that feeds you
  • don't burn your bridges - When you leave, don't leave on bad terms.
  • 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 do the crime if you can't do the time - Don't do something risky unless you are willing to accept the consequences.
  • 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
  • don't get your panties in a bunch
  • don't have a cow
  • don't hold your breath
  • don't jump to conclusions
  • don't let the bed bugs bite
  • don't look a gift horse in the mouth
  • don't look back
  • don't make me do something I'll regret
  • don't push your luck
  • don't put all your eggs in one basket
  • don't rock the boat - Leave things alone.
  • don't take any wooden nickels
  • don't tempt fate
  • don't toot your own horn
  • don't upset the apple cart
  • doubting Thomas
  • down and dirty
  • down in the dumps
  • down pat
  • down the drain
  • down the hatch
  • down to earth
  • dressed to kill
  • dressed to the nines
  • drinks like a fish
  • drive the point home
  • drive you up a wall
  • driving the porcelain bus
  • drown your sorrows
  • drunk as a skunk
  • dry as a bone
  • dumb as a post
  • dutch uncle
  • dyed in the wool
  • eager beaver
  • ear to the ground
  • early bird catches the worm
  • early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise
  • earned his wings
  • ears open, mouth shut
  • easier said than done
  • easy as 1-2-3
  • easy as pie
  • easy peasy
  • eat crow
  • eat dirt
  • eat drink and be merry
  • eat humble pie
  • eat my dust
  • eat your heart out
  • enough already
  • E-ticket
  • even a broken clock is right twice a day
  • even money
  • every cloud has a silver lining
  • every dog has its day
  • every fiber of my being
  • every man for himself
  • every man has his price
  • every rose has its thorn - Made famous in a hit rock song by the band Poison, it means for everything beautiful there is also something bad. Even when everything seems to be going great there is something that can ruin it. Nobody is perfect, even if they seem like it.
  • every which way but loose - The title of a song by Eddie Rabbit from the 1978 Clint Eastwood movie of the same name, it means "in all sorts of ways."
  • everything but the kitchen sink
  • everything's coming up daisies/roses
  • everything's copasetic - Everything is great, tip-top, going according to plan.
  • everything's hunky dory
  • existential angst
  • eyeball to eyeball
  • eye's in the back of his head
  • face the music
  • face up to the facts
  • facts of life
  • fair weather friend
  • faith can move mountains
  • fake it till you make it
  • fall guy
  • fall head over heels
  • fall through the cracks
  • fan the flames
  • fancy meeting you here
  • far and away the best
  • fashion victim
  • faster than a speeding bullet
  • faster than greased lightning
  • favor us with a song
  • fear and loathing
  • feast your eyes on this
  • feed a cold, starve a fever
  • feel like a fifth wheel
  • feeling his oats
  • few and far between
  • fiddle while Rome burns
  • field this one
  • fifteen minutes of fame
  • fight fire with fire
  • fight like a man
  • fighting a losing battle
  • filthy rich
  • finders keepers, losers weepers
  • fine and dandy
  • fire in the belly
  • fishing for compliments
  • fit as a fiddle
  • fit to be tied
  • flash in the pan
  • flat as a board
  • flat as a pancake
  • flattery will get you nowhere
  • flipped his lid
  • flirt with disaster
  • flown the coop
  • fly by night
  • fly the coop
  • 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 all intents and purposes
  • 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
  • four on the floor
  • fox in the henhouse
  • free as a bird
  • fresh as a daisy
  • fresh out of ideas
  • freudian slip
  • from day one
  • from rags to riches
  • 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
  • fun and games
  • fun in the sun
  • funny you mention it
  • gag me with a spoon
  • garbage in, garbage out
  • gathering like flies
  • gave a hundred and ten percent
  • gave it a wide berth
  • gave me a withering glance
  • get a grip on yourself
  • get a handle on this
  • get a leg up
  • get a word in edgewise
  • get all your ducks in a row
  • get along like oil and water
  • get down to bare bones
  • get down to brass tacks
  • get down to the nitty gritty
  • get knocked up
  • get off on the right foot
  • get off your high horse
  • get on his high horse
  • get on his soap box
  • get out of town by sundown
  • get stuffed
  • get the lead out
  • get the peanut butter out of your ears
  • get the red carpet treatment
  • get the show on the road
  • get up on the wrong side of the bed
  • get your act together
  • get your groove back
  • gets my goat
  • gilding the lily
  • gimme a break
  • gird your loins
  • give a damn
  • give a little take a little
  • give an inch, and he takes a mile
  • give and take
  • give him a run for his money
  • give it a rest
  • give it the old college try
  • give me a break
  • give me a hand
  • given to him on a silver platter
  • gives me the creeps
  • go figure
  • go for broke
  • go him one better
  • go out in a blaze of glory
  • go out on a limb
  • go the extra mile
  • go with the flow
  • God help us
  • God only knows
  • going against the tide
  • going to hell in a hand basket
  • golly gee willikers
  • gone but not forgotten
  • gone to ground
  • good as gold
  • good as new
  • good deed for the day
  • good fences make good neighbors
  • good things come to those who wait
  • got a bun in the oven
  • got a hole in his pocket
  • got called up on the carpet
  • got money to burn
  • got more _____ (money, etc.) than he knows what to do with
  • got taken for a ride
  • got the short end of the stick
  • got you over a barrel
  • got your hand caught in the cookie jar
  • got your head in the clouds
  • grab (catch / take) the tiger by the tail
  • green thumb
  • green-eyed monster
  • grin and bear it
  • grist for the mill
  • growing like a weed
  • gunning for a fight
  • had his bell rung
  • half a loaf is better than none
  • Halt! Who goes there!
  • handle it with kid gloves
  • hanky panky
  • happy as a clam
  • happy as a lark
  • happy as a pig in mud
  • happy camper
  • hard as a rock
  • hard to believe
  • hard to swallow
  • has a chip on his shoulder
  • has a few loose screws
  • has a green thumb
  • has a way with words
  • has bats in her belfry
  • has egg on his face
  • haste makes waste
  • hate his guts
  • hat's off to you
  • have a nice day
  • haven't got a row to hoe
  • haven't seen hide nor hair of him
  • he got plastered
  • he has pull
  • he was just a port in the storm
  • he who hesitates is lost
  • he won, hands down
  • head honcho
  • heard it through the grapevine
  • heaven help us
  • heaven sent
  • heavens to Betsy
  • hen pecked
  • her biological clock is ticking
  • here's mud in your eye
  • he's out to lunch
  • he's took the bait
  • hidden agenda
  • higgledy-piggledy
  • high and the mighty
  • high as a kite
  • high hopes
  • high on the hog
  • highway robbery
  • his bark is worse than his bite
  • his elevator doesn't go to the top floor
  • his eyes are bigger than his stomach
  • history repeats itself
  • hit the road
  • hit the sack
  • hoisted by your own petard
  • hold a candle to
  • hold down the fort
  • hold your horses
  • hold your tongue
  • holier than thou
  • home is where the heart is
  • home is where you hang your hat
  • hook, line, and sinker
  • hot to trot
  • 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
  • how do I love thee?
  • how do you like them apples?
  • how goes the battle?
  • how's it hanging?
  • how's that for a ______
  • I beg to differ
  • I bought it for a song
  • I busted my hump
  • I can't stand it
  • I can't tell you what a pleasure its been / It's been a pleasure
  • I could eat a horse
  • I could whip you with one arm tied behind my back
  • I didn't come down the Clyde in a banana boat (Scottish, Glasgow)
  • I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition
  • I got hosed
  • 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 haven't a clue
  • I haven't the foggiest
  • I heard it through the grapevine
  • I need that like a hole in the head
  • I need that like a moose needs a hat rack
  • I never met a man I didn't like
  • I ought to tan your hide
  • I smell a rat
  • I trust him as far as I can throw him
  • I was roped into it
  • I wasn't born yesterday
  • I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole
  • 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 at first you don't succeed, try, try, again
  • if God had meant for man to fly, he would've given us wings
  • 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 weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
  • if it's not one thing it's another
  • if looks could kill
  • if the mountain won't come to Mohammed, Mohammud must go to the mountian
  • if the shoe fits, wear it
  • if you build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door
  • if you can't beat 'em, join 'em
  • if you can't find it, grind it
  • if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen
  • if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all
  • if you love something set it free
  • if you play your cards right
  • if you were any closer, it would bite you
  • if you've seen one, you've seen 'em all
  • ignorance is bliss
  • I'll be a monkeys uncle
  • I'll be damned
  • I'll be the judge of that
  • I'll bet a dollar to a donut
  • I'll leave you with something to chew on
  • I'll punch his lights out
  • I'll see you in hell
  • I'm ___ years young
  • 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 not a rocket scientist
  • I'm not getting any younger
  • I'm okay, you're okay
  • I'm on a roll
  • imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  • in a New York minute
  • in a nutshell
  • in a pig's eye
  • in a pinch
  • in a wink
  • in every life a little rain must fall
  • in for a fleecing
  • in for the long haul
  • in harm's way
  • in hot water
  • in one ear and out the other
  • in over your head
  • in seventh heaven
  • in the black
  • in the buff - No clothes on.
  • in the doghouse
  • in the money
  • in the nick of time
  • in the red
  • in the tank
  • in your dreams
  • in your face
  • inexorably drawn
  • influence peddling
  • innocent as the day he was born
  • is a loose cannon
  • is it hot enough for you?
  • is nothing sacred?
  • is the glass half-empty or half-full
  • Is the Pope Catholic?
  • isn't that special
  • it ain't over till the fat lady sings
  • it ain't rocket science
  • it all boils down to this
  • it goes without saying
  • it is always darkest before the dawn
  • It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
  • It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak and remove all doubt
  • it just goes to show...
  • it seems like old times
  • it stands to reason
  • 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 won't fly
  • it's a catch 22
  • it's a dog-eat-dog world
  • its a dog's life
  • it's a long shot
  • 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 better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick
  • it's cutting edge
  • It's just one of those days
  • it's like my daddy used to say
  • 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 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 now or never
  • it's on the tip on my tongue
  • it's only a matter of time
  • I've been had
  • I've got a monkey on my back
  • I've got bigger fish to fry
  • jack of all trades
  • Jiminy Christmas
  • jockey for position
  • Johnny-come-lately
  • join the ranks
  • joined at the hip
  • jump down your throat
  • jump in with both feet
  • jump on the bandwagon
  • jump the gun
  • jumping the broomv
  • junk in the trunk
  • jury is still out
  • 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 thought I'd throw that in
  • just what the doctor ordered
  • justice is blind
  • keep a stiff upper lip
  • keep an eye on you
  • keep 'em flying
  • keep 'em in stitches
  • keep it down
  • keep it simple, stupid
  • keep on your toes
  • keep the home fires burning
  • keep up with the Joneses
  • keep your cards close to vest
  • keep your chin up
  • keep your eye on the ball
  • keep your eyes peeled
  • keep your fingers crossed
  • keep your nose to the grindstone
  • keep your shirt on
  • keep your shoulder to the wheel
  • keep your thoughts to yourself
  • keeping the world safe for democracy
  • keeps his cards close to his chest
  • kick ass
  • kick butt
  • kick 'em when they're down
  • kick the bucket
  • kick up your heels
  • kick you to the curb
  • kick your feet up
  • kill 'em with kindness
  • kill two birds with one stone
  • King's English
  • king's ransom
  • kiss and tell
  • kiss ass
  • kiss of death
  • knock 'em dead
  • knock it off
  • knock it out of the park
  • knock on wood
  • knock your socks off
  • knock yourself out
  • knocked up
  • know him from Adam
  • know the ropes
  • know the score
  • knows it chapter and verse
  • knows which side his bread is buttered on
  • knuckle down
  • knuckle sandwich
  • knuckle under - To yield or give in to someone / something
  • labor of love
  • lap of luxury
  • last but not least
  • last hurrah
  • last-ditch effort
  • laughing all the way to the bank
  • laughter is the best medicine
  • law of the jungle
  • law of the land
  • lay down the law
  • laying it on thick
  • leaps and bounds
  • learned his lesson
  • leave no stone unturned
  • left no stone unturned
  • left-handed compliment
  • lesser of two evils
  • 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 set the record straight
  • let's split
  • let's talk turkey
  • let's tie the knot
  • liberal media
  • lickety-split
  • licking one's wounds
  • lie down with dogs and wake up with fleas
  • lie like a rug
  • life and limb
  • life goes on
  • life imitates art
  • life in the fast lane
  • life is a bowl of cherries
  • life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get
  • life is what you make it
  • life stinks
  • life's a bitch
  • life's too short
  • lift myself up by the bootstraps
  • lift your game
  • light a fire under it
  • light as a feather
  • lighten up
  • lighter than air
  • lightning never strikes twice
  • lights out
  • like a bat out of hell
  • like a broken record
  • like a brother/son/father/sister/mother/daughter to me
  • like a dog chasing cars
  • like a fish out of water
  • like a hot knife through butter
  • like a kid in a candy store
  • like a pig in a poke
  • like a sore thumb
  • like butter
  • like lambs to the slaughterhouse
  • like looking for a needle in a haystack
  • like shooting fish in a barrel
  • like taking candy from a baby
  • like the plague
  • like there's no tomorrow
  • like two peas in a pod
  • like walking on eggshells
  • like water off a duck's back
  • lion's share
  • lit up like a Christmas tree
  • little black book
  • livbe by the sword, die by the sword
  • live and learn
  • live and let live
  • living in an ivory tower
  • lock, stock, and barrel
  • long in the tooth
  • long lost love
  • look at what the cat dragged in
  • look before you leap
  • look out for number one
  • looks can be deceiving
  • looks like death warmed over
  • looks like there's a new sheriff in town
  • lost his marbles
  • lost his shirt
  • lots of fish in the sea
  • loud as all get out
  • lounge lizard
  • love conquers all
  • love is a many splendored thing
  • love is blind
  • love thy neighbor
  • low man on the totem pole
  • lower the boom
  • luck of the draw
  • luck of the Irish
  • lying through your teeth
  • mad as a hatter
  • madder than a wet hen
  • made a mad dash for it
  • 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 tree and leave
  • make my day
  • make tracks
  • making a mountain out of a molehill
  • making him sing like a canary
  • making money hand over fist
  • man up
  • man's best friend
  • many hands make light work
  • many moons
  • march to the beat of a different drummer
  • mark my words
  • maybe something will jog your memory
  • mean as a snake
  • meaningful relationship
  • mellow out
  • methinks she doth protest too much
  • mi casa es su casa.
  • milquetoast
  • mind over matter
  • mind your manners
  • mind your own business
  • mind your p's and q's
  • misery loves company
  • missed by a hair
  • missed the boat
  • misssion critical
  • moment of glory
  • moment's respite
  • monday morning quarterback
  • money burns a hole in his pocket
  • money is the root of all evil
  • money makes the world go round
  • monkey see, monkey do
  • monkey suit
  • more _______ than you can shake a stick at
  • more fun than a barrel of monkeys
  • motherhood and apple pie
  • movers and shakers
  • moving experience
  • music has charms to soothe the savage beast
  • my cup runneth over
  • my hair was on end
  • my head is swimming
  • my heart sank
  • my little black book
  • my stomach is tied up in knots
  • my two cents
  • naked as a jaybird
  • name that tune
  • name your poison
  • nary a word was spoken
  • near and dear to my heart
  • neat as a pin
  • necessity is the mother of invention
  • needless to say
  • neither a borrower not a lender be
  • neither fish nor fowl
  • neither here nor there
  • nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof
  • never hurts to try
  • never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
  • never say never
  • 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 one here but us chickens
  • no pain, no gain
  • no skin off my back
  • no use crying over spilled milk
  • no way, Jose
  • none too pleased
  • nose to the grindstone
  • 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 playing with a full deck
  • not rowing with both oars
  • not the brightest bulb
  • not the sharpest knife in the cabinet
  • not worth a hill of beans
  • NOT!
  • nothing to fear but fear itself
  • nothing to sneeze at
  • nothing ventured, nothing gained
  • now's as good a time as any
  • now's your chance
  • number one fan
  • off the cuff
  • off the top of my head
  • off the wagon
  • oh, to be a fly on the wall
  • oh, woe is me
  • old as the hills
  • old blowhard
  • old habits die hard
  • old meets new
  • old standby
  • older and wiser
  • older than dirt
  • older than Methuselah
  • on a wild goose chase
  • on bended knee
  • on cloud nine
  • on equal footing
  • on him like ugly on an ape
  • on the ball
  • on the bandwagon
  • on the double
  • on the edge of your seat
  • on the house
  • on the level
  • on the nose
  • on the other hand
  • on the run
  • on the wagon
  • on thin ice
  • on to something
  • once bitten, twice shy
  • once in a blue moon
  • one born every minute
  • one brick short of a load
  • one foot in the grave
  • one for the books
  • one good turn deserves another
  • one in a million
  • one man's meat is another man's poison
  • one size fits all
  • one taco short of a combination plate
  • one toe over the line
  • only time will tell
  • only to be met
  • oopsy daisy
  • open a can of worms
  • open a can of worms
  • open and shut case
  • opportunity doesn't knock twice
  • opportunity only knocks once
  • opposites attract
  • out for a Sunday stroll
  • out like a light
  • out of pocket
  • out of sight, out of mind
  • out of the blue
  • out of the frying pan, into the fire
  • out on a limb
  • out with the old, in with the new
  • over and done with
  • over the edge
  • over the hill
  • over the top
  • packing heat
  • packing lead
  • pain and suffering
  • pain in the neck
  • paint the town red
  • paint yourself into a corner
  • panic button
  • part and parcel
  • party pooper
  • pass the buck
  • pass the sniff test
  • passed with flying colors
  • pat on the back
  • patience is a virtue
  • pay a king's ransom
  • pay an arm and a leg
  • pay attention to details
  • 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
  • perfect storm
  • petered out
  • pick over the ruins
  • picture perfect
  • pig in a poke
  • pillar of society
  • pin your hopes on something
  • pipe down
  • piss-poor
  • Plain as a rainy Tuesday
  • play both ends against the middle
  • play me for a fool
  • play the cards you're dealt
  • play the final card
  • playing hardball
  • playing possum
  • playing the field
  • playing with fire
  • pleased as punch
  • poison pen
  • poker face
  • poor as a church mouse
  • pour it on thick
  • practice makes perfect
  • pray to the porcelain god
  • preaching to the choir
  • pretty as a picture
  • pretty penny
  • pride before the fall
  • primed to the sticking point
  • proud possessor
  • pull a fast one
  • pull a rabbit out of a hat
  • pull the wool over my eyes
  • pull your head out of your ass
  • pulling your leg
  • pure as the driven snow
  • push the envelope
  • pushing up daisies
  • put a cork in it
  • put a little elbow grease into it
  • put a monkey wrench in the works
  • put my foot down
  • put one over on me
  • put that in your pipe and smoke it
  • put the cart before the horse
  • put the pedal to the metal
  • put the screws to him
  • put two and two together...
  • 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
  • queen for a day
  • queer as a three dollar bill
  • quick as a bunny
  • quiet as a mouse
  • quit horsing around
  • quit smoking cold turkey
  • quit while you're ahead
  • radical chic
  • raining buckets
  • raining cats and dogs
  • raise the dead
  • raise the roof
  • raising cain
  • raking in the dough
  • raking it in
  • rally round
  • ralphed
  • rank and file
  • rattle the rafters
  • read between the lines
  • read it and weep
  • read my lips
  • read the handwriting on the wall
  • red herring
  • red sky in the morning, sailor's warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight
  • redheaded stepchild
  • reign supreme
  • remember the Alamo
  • reopen an old wound
  • rest assured
  • resting on one's laurels
  • ride off into the sunset
  • riding the wild pony
  • right as rain
  • right on the money
  • right on the nose
  • right up your alley
  • ring in the new year
  • rise and shine
  • roaring fire
  • rob Peter to pay Paul
  • roll out the red carpet
  • roll with the punches
  • rolling in the dough
  • rolling over in his grave
  • rope a dope
  • rough as a cob
  • rubbing salt in his wounds
  • rule with an iron fist
  • rules are made to be broken
  • run it up the flagpole
  • 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 with wolves
  • run-of-the-mill
  • runs like a scalded dog
  • runs like a top
  • salt of the earth - A person of great kindness, reliability or honesty.
  • same ol' same ol'
  • same song and dance
  • save face
  • saved by the bell
  • say what you will
  • scared of his own shadow
  • scared stiff
  • scared to death
  • scaredy-cat
  • scattered to the four winds
  • school's out
  • scraping the bottom of the barrel
  • screaming bloody murder
  • see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
  • see the world through rose colored glasses
  • see you later, alligator
  • seeing eye to eye
  • seeing red
  • set your teeth on edge
  • sharp as a tack
  • she's all that
  • she's not the only fish in the sea
  • shiver me timbers
  • shoot straight
  • shoot the breeze
  • shoot yourself in the foot
  • shooting for the moon
  • shoulder to the wheel
  • shouldered his way
  • shove off
  • show me the money
  • show some spine
  • shut your trap
  • sick as a dog
  • sick to death of it
  • signed, sealed and delivered
  • silence is golden
  • simple pleasures are the best
  • sing for your supper
  • sing like a bird
  • sink or swim
  • sitting on pins and needles
  • sitting on the fence
  • six feet under
  • six of one and half a dozen of another
  • skating on thin ice
  • skull duggery
  • slap on the back
  • sleep like a baby
  • sleep like a log
  • sleep with the fishes
  • sleeping her way to the top
  • slept like a log
  • slippery as an eel
  • slow and steady wins the race
  • slow as molasses
  • slower than a seven year itch
  • sly as a fox
  • smack dab in the middle
  • small world, isn't it?
  • smart ass
  • smart cookies don't crumble
  • smarter than the average bear
  • smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone
  • smooth as a baby's bottom
  • snow job
  • snug as a bug in a rug
  • so many men so little time
  • so matter-of-fact
  • so much for that
  • so quiet you could hear a pin drop
  • some pots you don't stir
  • some things are better left unsaid
  • something smells fishy
  • something the cat dragged in
  • something you can really sink your teeth into
  • sometimes you just gotta let your hair down
  • sorry Charlie
  • sound like a broken record
  • sounding off
  • sowing his oats
  • sowing his wild oats
  • sowing your wild oats
  • spare the rod, spoil the child
  • speak of the devil
  • speaking in riddles
  • speaks with a forked tongue
  • spilled the beans
  • spineless wimp
  • spinning your wheels
  • spitting image
  • spoil the fun
  • spring to life
  • staring off into space
  • start from scratch
  • stay on top of it
  • stayed too long at the fair
  • staying power
  • stealing the show
  • steer clear of it
  • step on a crack, break your mother's back
  • step on it
  • stepping on people's toes
  • stick in the mud
  • stick in your craw
  • 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
  • still as a church mouse
  • still waters run deep
  • stinking to high heaven
  • stirring up an ant's nest
  • stirring up trouble
  • stop and smell the roses
  • stop on a dime
  • stop the presses
  • store bought
  • stow it
  • straight from the horses mouth
  • straight shooter
  • straighten up and fly right
  • stranger in a strange land
  • stranger than fiction
  • strong as an ox
  • stubborn as a mule
  • stuck in a rut
  • stuffed shirt
  • stupid is as stupid does
  • success has a thousand fathers while failure is an orphan
  • sweating blood
  • sweating bullets
  • sweating like a pig
  • sweet 16 and never been kissed
  • sweet as sugar
  • 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 one for the team
  • take the bull by the horns
  • take the plunge
  • take the scenic route
  • 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
  • taking his pound of flesh
  • talking behind his back
  • talking out of your head
  • tall, dark and handsome
  • tarred and feathered
  • tear into it
  • tell your story walking
  • tempest in a teacup
  • testing one's mettle
  • thank God it's Friday (TGIF)
  • that and a quarter will get you a cup of coffee
  • that argument doesn't hold water
  • that burns me up
  • that chaps my hide
  • that gets my goad (goat)
  • that hits the spot
  • that oughta tide you over
  • that really brings it home
  • that sucks
  • that was cold-blooded
  • that'll be the day
  • that's a load off my mind
  • that's a wrap
  • that's about the size of it
  • that's all folks
  • that's easy for you to say
  • that's icing on the cake
  • that's it in a nutshell
  • that's just the tip of the iceberg
  • that's old hat
  • that's par for the course
  • 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 water under the bridge
  • the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree
  • the belle of the ball
  • the best thing since sliced bread
  • the bigger they are the harder they fall
  • the birds and the bees
  • the blind leading the blind
  • the bottom line
  • the buck stops here
  • the butler did it
  • the calm before the storm
  • the cat's meow
  • the cat's pajamas
  • the check is in the mail
  • the cream of the crop
  • the devil is in the details
  • the devil made me do it
  • the dog ate my homework
  • the early bird gets the worm
  • the earth moved
  • the exception that proves the rule
  • the eyes are the windows to the soul
  • the fair-haired one
  • the fickle finger of fate
  • the final analysis
  • the full monty
  • the girl next door
  • the gospel truth
  • the grass is always greener on the other side
  • the greatest thing since sliced bread
  • the hair of the dog
  • the hand that rocks the cradle
  • the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing
  • the life of the party
  • the light's on but nobody's home
  • the long and short of it
  • the long arm of the law
  • the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away
  • the lord moves in mysterious ways
  • the low man on the totem pole
  • the luck of the draw
  • 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 - A Japanese saying that means if you are different from the others you will be made to conform or be an outcast.
  • the night is young and so are we
  • the old ball and chain
  • the one that got away
  • the only game in town
  • the patter of little feet
  • the pen is mightier than the sword
  • the pick of the litter
  • the place was crawling with cops
  • the pot calling the kettle black
  • the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
  • the proof is in the pudding
  • the quick and the dead
  • the quiet before the storm
  • the real McCoy
  • the road to hell is paved with good intentions
  • the same old story
  • the school of hard knocks
  • the shirt off his back
  • the shoes on the other foot now
  • the show must go on
  • the sky's the limit
  • the squeaky wheel gets the grease
  • the straw that broke the camel's back
  • the stronger the breeze the stronger the trees
  • the stuff that dreams are made of
  • the tables have turned
  • the tail that wagged the dog
  • the tale of the tape
  • the teacher's pet
  • the third time's the charm
  • the tide's beginning to turn
  • the tip of the iceberg
  • the truth hurts
  • the twilight years
  • the whole 9 yards.
  • the whole ball of wax
  • the whole ball of wax
  • the whole kit and caboodle
  • the whole kit and kaboodle
  • the whole nine yards
  • the whole shootin' match
  • them's fightin' words
  • there are plenty of 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 plenty to go 'round
  • there is something rotten in the state of Denmark
  • there now, that wasn't so bad, was it?
  • there ought to be a law against that
  • there will be hell to pay
  • there's a first time for everything
  • there's a sucker born every minute
  • there's more than one way to skin a cat
  • there's more where that came from
  • there's no such thing as a free lunch
  • there's no time like the present
  • there's nothing new under the sun
  • there's one in every crowd
  • there's something fishy about that
  • there's something I've been meaning to tell you
  • these things happen
  • they gave him carte blanche
  • they threw the book at him
  • they're getting hitched
  • thick as a brick
  • thick as pea soup
  • thick as thieves
  • things are not always as they seem
  • things that go bump in the night
  • think outside of the box
  • this could be the start of something big
  • this day and age
  • this hurts me worse than it does you
  • this is for the birds
  • this is the last straw
  • this point in time
  • this town's not big enough for the two of us
  • this won't hurt a bit
  • three sheets to the wind
  • three strikes and you're out
  • threw a curve ball
  • threw a wet blanket on my idea
  • threw up my hands in disgust
  • throw caution to the wind
  • throw in the towel
  • throw out the baby with the bathwater
  • tickle the ivories
  • tickled pink
  • tie one on
  • tied up right now
  • tighter than a drum
  • till death do us part
  • till the cows come home
  • till the fat lady sings
  • time and time again
  • time flies when you're having fun
  • time heals all wounds
  • time is money
  • time is of the essence
  • time stands still
  • time to pay the piper
  • time waits for no man
  • time-honored
  • timing is everything
  • tingling with anticipation
  • 'tis the season
  • tit for tat
  • to assume makes an ASS out of U and ME
  • to be honest with you
  • to cry wolf
  • to each his own
  • to err is human, to forgive divine
  • to feather your nest
  • to lie down with lions
  • to live from hand to mouth
  • to my heart's content
  • to tell you the truth
  • to the best of my knowledge
  • to the victor go the spoils
  • toe the line
  • tongue-in-cheek
  • too hot to handle
  • Too many chiefs and not enough Indians
  • too many cooks in the kitchen
  • too many cooks spoil the broth
  • too numerous to mention
  • too rich for my blood
  • 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 to you
  • torn asunder
  • touch of blarney
  • touchy feely
  • tough as nails
  • tough luck
  • tough row to hoe
  • tow the line
  • toxic assset
  • traditional family values
  • train of thought
  • treated like a dog
  • trials and tribulations
  • tried and true
  • trim the fat
  • trip down memory lane
  • trip the light fantastic
  • trouble with a capital `T'
  • true blue
  • truth is stranger than fiction
  • try as I might
  • try your hand at ________
  • trying to put a square peg in a round hole
  • turn over a new leaf
  • turn the other cheek
  • turn your frown upside-down
  • twice as strong as an ox and half as smart
  • twiddling your thumbs
  • twist of fate
  • twists and turns
  • two heads are better than one
  • 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
  • ugly as a mud fence
  • ugly as sin
  • unbeknownst to me
  • under my skin
  • under the gun
  • under the same roof
  • under the table
  • under the weather
  • understated elegance
  • unexpected twist
  • unlucky at cards, lucky in love
  • until the cows come home
  • up a creek without a paddle
  • up his sleeve
  • up the creek
  • up to his ears in trouble
  • variety is the spice of life
  • very real concern
  • wait and see
  • waiting for his ship to come in
  • 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 sunshine
  • was my face red
  • wash your mouth out with soap
  • waste not, want not
  • watch and wait
  • watch your tongue
  • watching the clock
  • water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
  • way to go Einstein!
  • wearing nothin' but his birthday suit
  • wears her heart on her sleeve
  • weather the storm
  • web of intrigue
  • welcome to the club
  • we'll cross that bridge when we come to it
  • well this is a fine how do you do
  • went belly up
  • went over like a lead balloon
  • went storming off in a huff
  • went through the roof
  • we're not in Kansas anymore
  • we're really going to town
  • we're sitting ducks
  • 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 does that have to do with the price of tea in China?
  • what doesn't kill you makes you stronger
  • what goes around comes around
  • what in tarnation?
  • what on earth is wrong with me?
  • what on earth is wrong with you?
  • what the dickens?
  • what the heck (hell)?
  • what you see is what you get - Also know as WYSIWYG, its origin is a computer term meaning the end result is pretty much the same as what you are looking at while you are creating it, so you don't need to deal with editing the source code.
  • whatever floats your boat
  • whatever tickles your fancy
  • whatever turns you on
  • what's a little ______ among friends
  • what's cookin' good lookin'?
  • what's going down?
  • what's good for the goose is good for the gander
  • what's not to like?
  • wheeler-dealer
  • when hell freezes over
  • when in doubt, punt
  • when in Rome, do as 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 mouse will play
  • when the chips are down
  • when the going gets tough, the tough get going
  • where do you draw the line?
  • where the rubber meets the road
  • where there's smoke there's fire
  • where's the beef? - A wildly popular catchphrase from a 1984 Wendy's commercial starring Clara Peller , where she ordered from a fictional competitor and was given a big hamburger bun with a tiny hamburger patty. so asked, in an outraged tone, that famous question. That same year Democratic candidate Walter Mondale ridiculed his opponent Senator Gary Hart by using the phrase during a televised debate, implying "you have lots of ideas, but they have no meat in them".
  • whew!
  • while away the hours
  • whistle in the dark
  • white as a sheet
  • who could forget?
  • who died and made you king?
  • who has everything?
  • who pissed in your Cheerios?
  • whoever dies with the most toys wins
  • whole hog
  • whole other story
  • why do today what you can put off 'til tomorrow
  • why don't we all chip in?
  • will wonders never cease?
  • willy nilly
  • win friends and influence
  • win one for the Gipper
  • winning is everything
  • winning isn't everything
  • winning isn't everything
  • wisdom of the ages
  • wish on a star
  • with all of my heart
  • with one hand tied behind my back
  • wolf at the door
  • women and children first
  • words fail
  • work like a dog
  • world weary
  • worst nightmare
  • wouldn't know me from Adam
  • yanking your chain
  • yellow journalism
  • you are what you eat
  • you bet your boots
  • you can catch more flies with honey than 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 run, but you can't hide
  • you can tell the men from the boys by the price of their toys
  • you can't have your cake and eat it too
  • you can't judge a book by its cover
  • you can't put anything past him
  • 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 could knock me over with a feather
  • you could put your eye out
  • you drive me crazy
  • you drive me nuts
  • you drive me up a wall
  • 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 made your bed, now your gonna have to lie in it
  • you make a better door than a window
  • you must be out of your mind
  • you only hurt the one you love
  • you only live once
  • you reap what you sow
  • you say potato, I say potahto.
  • you wash my back, I'll wash yours
  • you win some, you lose some
  • you'll know it when you see it
  • young and foolish
  • young and restless
  • your ass is grass
  • your place or mine
  • your time's up
  • you're all wet
  • you're dead meat
  • you're driving me insane
  • you're off your rocker