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A list of phrases about the natural world

A list of phrases about the natural world

A list of phrases about numbersHere's a select list of phrases and sayings inspired by plants and other natural phenomena:

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A rolling stone gathers no moss

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

A rose is a rose is a rose

A stone's throw

Al fresco

As cold as any stone

As fast as greased lightning

As old as the hills

As pure as the driven snow

As white as snow

Barking up the wrong tree

Beat around the bush

Bed of roses

Blood and thunder

Blot on the landscape

Bolt from the blue

Bury your head in the sand

Cast the first stone

Devil and the deep blue sea

Don't let the grass grow under your feet

Every cloud has a silver lining

Faith will move mountains

Far from the madding crowd

From sea to shining sea

Gild the lily

Grasp the nettle

Greased lightning

Great oaks from little acorns grow

Heard it through the grapevine

Hedge your bets

Here lies one whose name is writ in water

Hit the hay

Know your onions

Laid out in lavender

Let a thousand flowers bloom

Let not the sun go down on your wrath

Mackerel sky

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun

Make hay while the sun shines

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Nature versus nurture

Nip in the bud

On cloud nine

Once in a blue moon


Over the moon

Pears for your heirs

Pie in the sky

Pour oil on troubled waters

Primrose path

Red sky at night ...

Ring a ring o'roses, a pocketfull of posies, atishoo, atishoo, all fall down

Rose is a rose is a rose

Shrinking violet

Stick in the mud

Sticks and stones may break my bones

Stone's throw

Surf and turf

The call of the wild

The darling buds of May

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

The salt of the earth

The sky's the limit

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily

Touch wood

Under the greenwood tree

Up a gum tree

Up the apples and pears

Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut

Vanish into thin air

Where the bee sucks, there suck I

You can't get blood out of a stone

You look as if you've been dragged through a hedge backwards

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