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A list of phrases about household items

A list of phrases about household itemsWe are surrounded by household items, so it isn't surprising that we include them in our everyday idioms. Here's a list of the many phrases and sayings that originated close to home:

A golden key can open any door

A skeleton in the closet

A watched pot never boils

A woman's place is in the home

A drop in the bucket

A fly in the ointment

A foot in the door

A place for everything and everything in its place

A plague on both your houses

A red rag to a bull

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle

Aga saga

An Englishman's home is his castle

As black as Newgate's knocker

As daft as a brush

As dead as a doornail

As snug as a bug in a rug

Bag and baggage

Beat swords into ploughshares

Bed of roses

Bell, book and candle

Between you, me and the bed-post

Between two stools

Born with a silver spoon in one's mouth

Bottom drawer

Brummagem screwdriver

Bums on seats

Bun in the oven

Bury the hatchet

By hook or by crook

Call a spade a spade

Can't hold a candle to

Chaise lounge

Daft as a brush

Davy Jones' locker

Down the pan

Duvet day

Elephant in the room

Englishman's home is his castle

Go to the foot of our stairs

Go to pot

Go to the mattresses

Going to hell in a handbasket

Grandfather clock

Guts for garters

Handbags at ten paces

Have an axe to grind

Household words

I'll go to the foot of our stairs

In the doghouse

Katy bar the door

Keep your nose to the grindstone

Kettle of fish

Kick the bucket

Laugh like a drain

Lay it on with a trowel

Let the cat out of the bag

Lock stock and barrel

Mend fences

My cup runneth over

Nice kettle of fish

Not worth the candle

Over a barrel

Point Percy at the porcelain

Praying at the porcelain altar

Pretty kettle of fish

Pull yourself up by your bootstraps

Put a spanner in the works

Put the wood in the hole

Raining stair-rods

Saved by the bell

Skeleton in the closet

Sleep on a clothesline

Sleep like a top

Stool pigeon

Storm in a teacup

Strain at the leash

Strike while the iron is hot

Take a back seat

Take down a peg or two

Tempest in a teapot

The fly in the ointment

The pot calling the kettle black

Throw in the towel

Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire

Up the apples and pears

Upset the apple-cart

Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut

Wave a red rag to a bull

When the shit hits the fan

You get on my wick