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The Phrase Finder

1,800 English idioms, phrases, sayings, and expressions, with their meanings and origins explained...

Meanings and Origins

The meanings and origins of thousands of English idioms, phrases and sayings:
  • Proverbs - a list of hundreds of the proverbs that give meaning to our language like no other form of expression.
  • American Idioms - Divided by a common language? Not when you understand the phrases that were born in the USA.
  • Phrases coined by Shakespeare - He gave us more words and expressions than anyone.
  • Nautical phrases - the phrases came from our nautical friends.
  • Phrases from the Bible - the single book that has given more sayings, idioms and proverbs to the English language than any other.
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The Phrase Thesaurus

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Famous Last Words

When it comes to memorable quotations, many prominent people save the best until last. See our list of Famous Last Words to find out who said what before they bit the dust. Also, a special form of last words - notableĀ suicide notes.