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English Proverbs

500 English proverbs, many with their origin and first usage.

135 phrases coined by William Shakespeare


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American phrases

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37 phrases coined at sea

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122 phrases first found in the Bible

Famous Last Words

Read our Famous Last Words to find out who said what before they bit the dust. Also, a special form of last words - notable suicide notes.