Words of Boredom: Popular Clichés in American Speech

A
ablaze with light 
absence makes the heart grow fonder
ace in the hole 
ace up his sleeve 
acorn doesn't fall far from the tree, The
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
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 a day keeps the doctor away, An
apple doesn't fall far from the tree, The
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 _________ 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! 
B
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 
ball is in your court, The
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 
belle of the ball, The
Best foot forward
best thing since little apples, The
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 
big picture, The
bigger they are the harder they fall, The
bill the cat 
bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, A
Birds and the bees, The
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
bitter pill, A
black as coal
black as night
black as pitch
black as sin
black as soot
black as tar
blast from the past, A
blaze a new trail 
Bleeding heart
blind as a bat
blind leading the blind, The
blind leading the dumb/naked, The
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
bone-white
Booze and broads
bored to tears 
Born and raised
born with a silver spoon in his mouth 
bottom line 
bottom line, The
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 
buck stops here, The
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, A
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 my intention was good
But enough about me ... 
But seriously
butler did it, The
butter him up 
butterflies in his stomach 
buy the farm 
by all means, after you 
By and large
C
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 
cat's meow, The
cat's pajamas, The
cat's whiskers (English version of 'the cat's meow'), The
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 with his hands in the till 
caught with his pants down 
C'est la vie 
chain is only as strong as its weakest link, A
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) 
cheap knock off, A
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 
chill in my bones, A
chip off the old block, A
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.
closed mouth gathers no feet, A
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 
cream of the crop, The
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 
cult of personality, A
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 the mustard 
cut to the chase 
Cut to the quick
cute as a button 
cutting through all the red tape 
D
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 
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
diamond in the rough, A
die is cast, The
digging a hole for yourself
digging his/her own grave
Dim view
dime a dozen, A
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 ate my homework, The
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 
drowning death, The
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 
E
eager beaver 
Ear to the ground
earful, An
early bird gets the worm, The
early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise 
early-morning hours 
earned his wings 
Earth moved, the
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 
emperor wears no clothes, The
end justifies the means, The
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 
everyman, The
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
exception that proves the rule, The
execution-style 
Existential angst
Experts agree
eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth 
eye to eye 
eyeball to eyeball 
eyes are the mirrors (windows) of (to) the soul, The
eyes like stars
eyes sparkled
F
face only a mother could love, A
face the music 
face up to the facts 
Facts of life
faint heart never a true love knows, A
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 
far cry, A
fashion victim 
fast as lightning
faster than a speeding bullet 
faster than greased lightning 
fat as a cow 
fat as a pig 
Fat slob
fatal shooting death, The
Favor us with a song
Fear and loathing
feast your eyes on this 
feather in his cap, A
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
few fries short of a happy meal, A
few sandwiches short of a picnic, A
fickle finger of fate, The
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 analysis, The
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, Neither
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 and his money are soon parted, A
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 
friend in need, is a friend indeed, A
frisky as a puppy 
frog in my throat, A
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 monty, The
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 
G
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 
girl next door, The
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 bread
give me a hand 
Give space to time, and time will fill space 
given to him on a silver platter 
Gives me the creeps
glass of the mirror simply melted away!, The
glove don't make the ball player!, The
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 beginning makes a good ending, A
good fences make good neighbors 
good man is hard to find, A
Good one! 
good rule of thumb, A
good things come to those who wait 
Good time was had by all
Goodbye is not an easy word to say 
gospel truth, The
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
grass doesn't grow on a busy street
grass is always greener on the other side, The
greatest thing since sliced bread, The
Greek to me
Green thumb
green with envy
Green-eyed monster
grin and bear it 
grist for the mill 
ground zero 
growing like a weed 
gut-wrenching 
H
had his bell rung 
hair like silk
hair of the dog that bit you, A
half a loaf is better than none 
half seas over 
half-baked idea, A
Halt! Who goes there! 
Hammer and tongs
hammer out (an agreement, contract) 
hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world, The
handle it with kid gloves 
hands of time, The
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, By
hook, line, and sinker 
horny as a peach-orchard boar 
horny as a three peckered billy goat 
horse of a different color, A
hot as Hades
hot enough for you? 
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
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 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 ****! You're 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 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 
J
jack of all trades and a master of none, A
Jade green
jet black
jiggles like Jello/jelly
Jiminy Christmas 
jockeying for position 
join the ranks 
journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, A
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 
K
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 
L
La via esta duro, amigo 
laid to rest 
landmark 
Last but not least
last rose of summer, The
last straw, The
laughing all the way to the bank 
laughter is the best medicine 
Law of the jungle
Law of the land
leafy suburb
Leaps and bounds
least said soonest mended 
left out in the cold
left-handed compliment 
leopard doesn't change its spots, A
lesser of two evils, The
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 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
light at the end of the tunnel, The
Lighten up
lighter than air 
lightning never strikes twice 
light's on but nobody's home, The
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 of this, a little of that, A
little strokes fell great oaks 
little yeast works through the whole batch of dough, A
Live and learn 
Live and let live 
livin' in the fast lane
living daylights, The
living in an ivory tower 
lock, stock, and barrel 
long arm of the law, The
long in the tooth 
Long-lost love
long ways away, A
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 giveth and the Lord taketh away, The
lord moves in mysterious ways, The
Lord willin' and the creeks don't rise 
lost as a Betsy bug.
lost like a ball in high weeds.
lot of empty flattery, A
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 lost
lower the boom 
lowest on the totem pole, The
luck of the draw, The
lying through your teeth 
M
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
man for all seasons, A
manicured lawns 
man's best friend 
man's home is his castle, A
many a mickle macks a muckle
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 
meek shall inherit the earth, The
Mellow out
melting pot, The
memory like an elephant 
methinks she doth protest too much 
mexican standoff, A
Mi Casa es Su Casa. 
Midnight is where the day begins 
might as well, can't dance 
mile a minute, A
milk-white
milk-white skin
mind is a terrible thing to waste, A
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 
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
more the merrier, The
more things change, the more they stay the same, The
more we learn, the less we know, The
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 
N
nail that sticks up gets hammered down, The
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
necessary evil, A
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
new do, A
new lease on life, A
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 
night is young and so are we, The
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 backyard
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, Too
nutty as a fruitcake 
O
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 ball and chain, The
old blowhard 
old gray mare just ain't what she used to be, The
old habits die hard 
Old meets new
old standby 
Older and wiser
oldie, but a goodie, An
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?) 
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 that got away, The
one toe over the line 
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 game in town
only people I trust are you and me, and I am not too sure about you!, The
only the strong survive
only thing to fear is fear itself, The
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 
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, An
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 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!
P
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 
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 
pen is mightier than the sword, The
pennies from heaven 
penny for your thoughts 
penny pincher 
penny saved is a penny earned, A
penny wise and pound foolish 
people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones 
petered out 
physician, heal thyself
pick of the litter, The
pick over the ruins 
picture perfect 
picture's worth a thousand words, A
piece of cake
Pig in a poke
pin a rose on your nose.
pin your hopes on something 
pink elephant, A
Pinko
pipe down 
pissing down rain
piss-poor 
pitch black
place was crawling with cops (hookers, something), The
Plain as a rainy Tuesday! 
Plans for xyz took a step toward reality ... 
platter was better than the meat, The
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 
pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, The
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 penny 
pride before the fall 
primed to the sticking point 
prodigal son returns, The
proof is in the pudding, The
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 that in your pipe and smoke it 
put the pedal to the metal 
put up your feet and stay awhile 
put your/my foot in your/my 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 
Q
Que sera, sera 
queen for a day 
queer as a three dollar bill 
quick as a bunny
quiet as a mouse
quiet before the storm, The
quit bustin' my chops
quit giving me the 3rd degree
quit horsing around! 
quit while you're ahead 
R
Radical chic
rain fails to dampen
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 
real gulley washer, A
Real McCoy, The
red as blood
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 
rich get richer and the poor get poorer, The
riding on my coattails
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 
road to ruin (hell) is paved with good intentions, The
road to success is always under construction, The
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 
rolling stone gathers no moss, A
Rome was not built in one day 
rose by any other name would smell as sweet, A
rose is a rose is a rose, A
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 
S
Safe than sorry
sail (ride off) into the sunset 
Salt of the earth
same ol' same ol' 
Same old story, The
Same shit, different day 
same song and dance 
sat bolt upright
saved by the bell 
sawing a log 
say what you will.... 
say yer prayers (...rabbit) 
Scared dogs bark most.(Swedish) 
scared stiff 
Scared to death
scaredy-cat 
scattered to the four winds 
scraping the bottom of the barrel 
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
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)
sharper is the berry, the sweeter is the wine, The
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 timbers
shocked and saddened/dismayed 
shoes on the other foot now, The
shoestring budget, A
shoot first, ask questions later
shoot it straight 
shoot the breeze 
shoot yourself in the foot 
shooting for the moon 
shooting from the hip
Short pleasures are often long regretted.(Swedish) 
shot in the dark, A
shot to hell
shotgun wedding, A
Shoulder to the wheel
Shouldered his way
shove off 
show me the money! 
show must go on, The
show some spine 
showed no emotion 
sick as a dog 
sick to death of it 
Sigh of relief
sight for sore eyes, A
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
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
sky's the limit, The
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
snail's pace, A
snow job 
snowball's chance in hell 
snowy white
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
south shall rise again, The
Spade a spade
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 
spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, A
Spring to life
square off 
squeaky wheel gets the grease, The
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 wet behind the ears
stinking to high heaven 
stir up an ant's nest 
stirring up trouble 
stitch in time saves nine, A
stone's throw away, A
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 
straw that broke the camel's back, The
strong as a bull
strong as a truck
strong as an ox 
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
struggling to make sense of (a tragedy) 
stubborn as a mule
stuck in a rut 
Stuff that dreams are made of
Stuffed shirt
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 in your eyes made some of the lies worth believing, The
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 
sweet deal, A
sworn affidavit 
T
ta ta for now
tables are turned, The
tackle my homework 
tail that wagged the dog, The
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 
tale of the tape, The
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 
taste of his own medicine, A
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 
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 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 
thorn in my side, A
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 
tickle the ivories 
tickled pink 
tide's beginning to turn, The
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 beat the band
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 
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 
trip the light fantastic 
trouble with a capital `T' 
True blue
truth hurts, The
truth is just as meaningful as the lie, The
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 
twilight years, The
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 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
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 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
V
variety is the spice of life 
Very real concern
View with alarm
Vini, Vidi, Vici 
voicing concern 
W
wait and see 
wait-and-see attitude 
Waiting always lasts long 
waiting for the other shoe to drop 
waiting in the wings 
waiting is the hardest part, The
waiting with 'bated 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 
watched pot never boils, A
watching the clock 
water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink 
way to a man's heart is through his stomach, The
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 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 elephant gift, A
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
whole kit and caboodle, The
whole shootin' match, The