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A bigger bang for your buck

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A bunch of fives

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

A countenance more in sorrow than in anger

A Daniel come to judgement

A diamond in the rough

A diamond is forever

A dish fit for the gods

A dog is a man's best friend

A drop in the bucket

A drop in the ocean

A fate worse than death

A feather in one's cap

A fish rots from the head down

A fish out of water

A fly in the ointment

A fool and his money are soon parted

A fool's paradise

A foot in the door

A foregone conclusion

A friend in need is a friend indeed

A golden key can open any door

A good man is hard to find

A hard man is good to find

A hiding to nothing - On

A house divided against itself cannot stand

A knight in shining armour

À la carte

À la mode

A legend in one's own lifetime

A leopard cannot change its spots

A little bird told me

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

A little of what you fancy does you good

A load of cobblers

A load of codswallop

A man after my own heart

A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client

A ministering angel shall my sister be

A miss is as good as a mile

A nation of shopkeepers

A nest of vipers

A no-brainer

A norange

A picture is worth a thousand words

A piece of the action

A pig in a poke

A place for everything and everything in its place

A plague on both your houses

A priori

A red rag to a bull

A riddle wrapped up in an enigma

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 safe pair of hands

A sea change

A skeleton in the closet

A sledgehammer to crack a nut

A shot in the arm

A sight for sore eyes

A sorry sight

A stitch in time saves nine

A stone's throw

A thing of beauty is a joy forever

A tinker's damn

A turn up for the books

A watched pot never boils

A wolf in sheep's clothing

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle

A woman's place is in the home

A word in edgeways

A word in your shell-like

A1 at Lloyds

Abandon all hope ye who enter here

Abide with me

About face

About turn

Above board

Abracadabra

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Absent without leave

Absolute power corrupts absolutely

Accidentally on purpose

Accidents will happen

According to Hoyle

Ace in the hole

Achilles' heel

Acid test

Acronyms

Across the board

Act of God

Act the giddy goat

Action man

Adam's ale

Aga saga

Against the grain

Age before beauty

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety

Agree to disagree

Aid and abet

Aide-mémoire

Air kiss

Air quotes

Al fresco

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio

Alike as two peas in a pod

Alive and kicking

All agog

All at sea

All fingers and thumbs

All in all

All intents and purposes

All of a sudden

All present and correct

All publicity is good publicity

All singing, all dancing

All that glitters is not gold / All that glisters is not gold

All the tea in China - Not for

All things come to he who waits

All things must pass

All you can eat

Alter ego

Amber nectar

An albatross around one's neck

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

An arm and a leg

An Englishman's home is his castle

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

An ill wind

An offer he can't refuse

An Oxford scholar

Anchors aweigh

Angry young man

Ankle biter

Annus horribilis

Another think coming

Apple of my eye - The

Apple pie order

April fool

Arm candy - see ear candy

Arms akimbo

Ars longa, vita brevis

Arty-farty

Asap - As soon as possible

As XXX as YYY

As alike as two peas in a pod

As bald as a coot

As black as Newgate's knocker

As brown as a berry

As busy as a bee

As cold as any stone

As cool as a cucumber

As cute as a bug's ear

As daft as a brush

As dead as a dodo

As dead as a doornail

As different as chalk and cheese

As easy as pie

As fast as greased lightning

As fine as frog's hair

As fit as a butcher's dog

As fit as a fiddle

As good as gold

As good luck would have it

As happy as...

As happy as a clam

As happy as a sandboy

As happy as Larry

As keen as mustard

As mad as a hatter

As mad as a March hare

As nice as ninepence

As old as Methuselah

As old as the hills

As pleased as Punch

As pure as the driven snow

As queer as a nine bob note

As snug as a bug in a rug

As straight as a die

As the crow flies

As white as snow

Ashes to ashes dust to dust

Ask a silly question and you'll get a silly answer

(Ask not) for whom the bell tolls

(H)asta la vista, baby

At loggerheads

At one fell swoop

At one's beck and call

At sixes and sevens

Àugur well

Auld lang syne

Away with the fairies

Baby blues

Baby boomer

Baby father

Back of beyond - The

Back-seat driver

Back the field

Back to basics

Back to square one

Back to the drawing board

Backroom boy

Bacon - Bring home the

Bad books

Bad egg

Bad hair day

Badger to death

Bag and baggage

Baker's dozen

Balance of power - The

Balance of trade - The

Bald as a coot

Bale out/bail out

Ball and chain

Bandy words

Bane of your life

Bang on about

Baptism of fire

Barge-pole - Wouldn't touch with a

Barking mad

Barking up the wrong tree

Basket case

Bated breath

Bats in the belfry

Batten down the hatches

Battle royal

Be afraid, be very afraid

Be enthralled

Be still, my beating heart

Beam ends - On your

Bean counter

Beast with two backs

Beat a hasty retreat

Beat around the bush

Beat swords into ploughshares

Beat the living daylights out of someone

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Beauty is only skin deep

Beck and call

Bed of roses

Bee in your bonnet

Beef and reef

Beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard

Been there, done that

Beer and skittles

Bee-line - make a bee-line for

Bee's knees - The

Beetle-browed

Before you can say Jack Robinson

Beg the question

Beggar belief

Beggars can't be choosers

Behind every great man there's a great woman

Behind the eight ball

Bell, book and candle

Bell the cat

Belle of the ball

Below the belt

Below the salt

Bells and whistles

Belt and braces

Belt up

Best bib and tucker

Best laid schemes of mice and men - The

Bet your bottom dollar

Better half

Better late than never

Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

Between a rock and a hard place

Between the Devil and the deep blue sea

Between two stools

Between you, me and the bed-post

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

Beware the Ides of March

Beyond belief

Beyond our ken

Beyond the pale

Biblical phrases

Big Apple - The

Big cheese - The

Big Easy - The

Big fish in a small pond - A

Big wig

(A) bigger bang for your buck

Bill Stickers is innocent

Billy-o - Like

Billy no mates

Binge drinking

Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - A

Birds and the bees - The

Birds of a feather flock together

Bite the bullet

Bite the dust

Bitter end - The

Black as Newgate's knocker

Black-on-black

Black sheep of the family

Blast from the past - A

Blaze a trail

Blind leading the blind - The

Bling-bling

Blonde bombshell

Blood and thunder

Blood is thicker than water

Blood toil tears and sweat

Blood, sweat and tears

Bloody-minded

Blot on the landscape

Blow a raspberry - see raspberry tart

Blow your mind

Blow your own trumpet

Blown to smithereens

Blue blood

Blue-plate special

Bob's your uncle

Bode well

Bodice ripper

Body - phrases related to the human body

Body surfing

Bog standard

Bolt from the blue

Bone dry

Bone idle

Bone up on

Booby prize

Booby trap

Boogie-woogie

To big for your boots

Booze cruise

Born again

Born with a silver spoon in one's mouth

Born within the sound of Bow Bells

Boss eyed

Bottle out

Bottom drawer

Bottom-up

Bought the farm

Bowled a maiden over

Box and Cox

Box-seat - in the

Boxing Day

Brand spanking new

Brass monkey weather

Brass tacks - get down to

Bread always falls buttered side down

Bread of life - The

Break a leg

Break the ice

Bricks and clicks

Bring home the bacon

Broad in the beam

Broke - if it ain't, don't fix it

Brook no truck with

Brown as a berry

Browned off

Brownie points

Brummagem screwdriver

Brush - As daft as a

Bubble and squeak

Buck stops here - The

Buckle down

Bugger Bognor!

Buggins' turn

Bullet - Bit the, Bite the

Bums on seats

Bun in the oven

Bunch of fives - A

Bunny boiler

Burn the candle at both ends

Burning the midnight oil

Bury the hatchet

Bury your head in the sand

Busy as a bee

Butt end of the stick - The

Butter side down

Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth

Butterfingers

By and large

By dint of

By gum

By hook or by crook

By the board

By the book

By the short hairs

By the skin of your teeth

By your leave

Bygones be bygones - Let

Call a spade a spade

Call of the wild - The

Camera cannot lie - The

Can't hold a candle to

Canteen culture

Carbon-copy

Carbon footprint

Card-sharp

Carey Street - On

Carpe diem

Carry coals to Newcastle

Cart before the horse - Put the

Carte blanche

Cash on the nail

(Ne'er) cast a clout till May be out

Cast the first stone

Cat got your tongue?

Cat may look at a king - A

Cat out of the bag - Let the

Catbird seat - In the

Catch 22

Cat's Cradle

Caught in a cleft stick

Caught by the short hairs

Caught red-handed

Chain is only as strong as its weakest link - A

Chaise lounge

Chalk and cheese

Champ at the bit

Channel surfing

Charley horse

Charm offensive

Charmed life

Cheap at half the price

Cherchez la femme

Chew the cud

Chick flick

Chickens come home to roost

Children should be seen and not heard

Chinese whispers

Chinless wonder

Chip off the old block

Chip on your shoulder

Chit-chat

Chock-a-block

Chop and change

Chop-chop

Chow down

Christmas box - A

Christmas card verses

Clean breast - make a

Clear blue water

Cleft stick - In a

Cliff-hanger

Climb on the bandwagon

Cloak and dagger

Clod-hopper

Clog up

Close, but no cigar

Close quarters

Close your eyes and think of England

Cloud cuckoo land

Cloud nine

Clue - don't have a

Clutch at straws

Coals to Newcastle - Carry

Cobblers - A load of

Cock-a-hoop

Cock-sure

Cock a snook

Cock and bull story

Cock-up

Cockney rhyming slang

Codswallop - a load of

Cogito ergo sum

Coin a phrase

Cold as any stone

Cold comfort

Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey

Cold feet

Cold shoulder

Cold turkey

Collywobbles - The

Colour up

Come a cropper

Come clean

Come on down

Come up trumps

Come what come may

Comes to the crunch - (When it)

(Coming in) on a wing and a prayer

Common sense

Comparisons are odious

Compassion fatigue

Complete shambles

Cook the books

Cookie cutter

Cool as a cucumber

Cool Britannia

Cop an attitude

Copper-bottomed

Cor blimey

Cordon bleu

Cost an arm and a leg

Cotton on to

Cotton-picking

Countenance more in sorrow than in anger - A

Counting sheep

Course of true love never did run smooth - The

Crack of doom - The

Crackpot

Crapper - The

Crop up

Crocodile tears

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war

Curate's egg

Curiosity killed the cat

Curry favour

Customer is always right - The

Cut and run

Cut of your jib - The

Cut off without a penny

Cut off your nose to spite your face

Cut the mustard

Cut to the chase

Cute as a bug's ear

Daft as a brush

Damp squib

Dance attendance on

Daniel come to judgement

Darby and Joan

Dark horse

Darkest hour is just before the dawn - The

Dark side - The

Darling buds of May

Dash to pieces

Date rape

Davy Jones' locker

Daylight robbery

Dead as a dodo

Dead as a doornail

Dead cat bounce

Dead ringer

Delusions of grandeur

Derring-do

Designer stubble

Deus ex machina

Devil and the deep blue sea

Devil Incarnate - The

Devil take the hindmost - The

Devil to pay - The

Diamond in the rough

Diamond is forever - A

Dicky-bird - Not a

Die-hard

Die has been cast - The

As different as chalk and cheese

Different kettle of fish

Differently abled

Dirt bag

Dish fit for the gods - A

Do unto others as you would have them do to you

Dock your pay

Doesn't know shit from Shinola

Doff your hat

Dog days

Dog in the manger

Dog is a man's best friend

Dog's bollocks

Dog's breakfast

Dog's dinner

Doldrums - in the

Dollars to donuts

Done a runner

Done to a turn

Donkey's years

Don't call us, we'll call you

Don't change horses in midstream

Don't count your chickens before they are hatched

Don't die like I did

Don't go there

Don't have a clue

Don't keep a dog and bark yourself

Don't let the bastards grind you down

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater

Don't try to teach your Grandma to suck eggs

Doom and gloom

Double cross

Double Dutch

Double whammy

Down at heel

Down in the dumps

Down the pan

Down the tubes

Drag race

Draw a blank

Draw your horns in

Dreams of empire

Dressed to the nines

Drink like a fish

Driving while black

Drop-dead gorgeous

Drop in the bucket - A

Dropping like flies

Drummed out of the army

Ducks and drakes

Dust up

Dutch - My old

Duvet day

Ear candy

Early bird catches the worm - The

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

Ear-mark

Easy as pie

Eat drink and be merry

Eat humble pie

Eat my hat

Eaten out of house and home

Economical with the truth

Eeny, meeny, miny, mo

Egg on

Eighty six

Elbow-grease

Elementary my dear Watson

Elephant in the room

Elvis has left the building

End of story

Ends of the earth - The

Englishman's home is his castle

Et tu, Brute

Ethnic cleansing

Even at the turning of the tide

Every cloud has a silver lining

Everybody out

Exceedingly well read

Exception that proves the rule - The

Excuse me while I kiss this guy

Excuse my French

Extraordinary rendition

Eye candy - see ear candy

(An) eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth

Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog

Face that launched a thousand ships - The

Face the music

Faff about

Faint-hearted

Fair and square

Fair play

Fair to middling

Fait accompli

Faith will move mountains

Fall from grace

Fall guy

Fall off the back of a lorry

Fall on your sword

Famous for fifteen minutes

Famous last words (dying statements of famous people - a list)

Famous last words (the ironic phrase)

Fancy free

Fancy pants

Fanny Adams - Sweet

Far be it from me

Far from the madding crowd

Farmers

Fashion victim

Fast and loose

Fast asleep

Fathom out

(The) fat of the land

Fate worse than death - A

Feather in one's cap - A

Fed up

Feeding frenzy

(It) fell off the back of a truck

Fell swoop - At one

Fellow traveller

Female of the species is more deadly then the male - The

Fiddling while Rome burns

Fie, foh, fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman

Field day

Fifteen minutes of fame

Fifth column

Fight fire with fire

Fight the good fight

Filthy rich

Finagle's Law

Fine as frog's hair

Fine words butter no parsnips

Finger lickin good

Fingers and thumbs

First water

First World

Fish rot from the head down

Fish or cut bait

Fish out of water - A

As fit as a butcher's dog

Fit as a fiddle

Fits and starts

Fits to a tee

Five o'clock shadow

Fixer-upper

Flash in the pan

Flat out

Flavor of the month

Flesh and blood

Flogging a dead horse

Floozie in the jacuzzi - The

Flotsam and jetsam

Fly by the seat of one's pants

Fly in the ointment

Fly off the handle

Fly on the wall

Foam at the mouth

Fobbed off

Folk Etymology - The Nonsense Nine

Fool and his money are soon parted - A

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread

Fools' gold

Fool's paradise - A

Foot in the door - A

Foot of our stairs - The

For all intents and purposes

For crying out loud

For ever and a day

For every thing there is a season

For good measure

For keeps

For the birds

For whom the bell tolls

Forbidden fruit

Foregone conclusion

Forewarned is forearmed

Forgive them for they know not what they do

Forlorn hope

Foul play

Four by two

Four corners of the earth

Frailty, thy name is woman

Freeze the balls off a brass monkey - cold enough to

Freezing temperatures

French phrases

Friday afternoon car

Friend in need is a friend indeed - A

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears

Frog in the throat - A

Frog's hair- as fine as

From sea to shining sea

From strength to strength

Fruits of your loins

Fuddy-duddy

Full Monty - The

Full of piss and vinegar

Full tilt

Full to the gunwales

Funny farm

Fuzzy wuzzy

Gad zooks (or gadzooks)

Game is afoot - The

Game is up - The

Game of two halves

Gee whiz

Generation X

Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration

Get a word in edgeways

Get down to brass tacks

Get off on the wrong foot

Get off your high horse

Get on my wick

Get one's dander up

Get over it

Get the pip

Get the sack

Get the upper hand

Get thee behind me Satan

Get underway

Get used to it

Get your dander up

Get your goat

Giddy aunt

Giddy goat

Gild the lily

Gilt off the gingerbread

Ginned up

Ginger

Ginger up

Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day

Give a wide berth

Give no quarter

Give up the ghost

Glass ceiling

Gloom and doom

Go and boil your head

Go berserk

Go by the board

Go by the book

Go Dolally

Go-faster

Go for a burton

Go haywire

Go like the clappers

Go off half-cocked

Go out on a limb

Go postal

Go over like a lead balloon

Going to hell in a handbasket

Go pound sand

Go the whole hog

Go to pot

Go to the dogs

Go to the foot of our stairs

Go to the mattresses

Go whole hog

God is dead

God rot them

Godfrey Daniel

Going for a burton

Golden key can open any door - A

GOLF - Gentlemen only, ladies forbidden

Gone for a burton

Good as gold

Good in parts

Good man is hard to find - A

Good measure - For

Good men and true

Good riddance

Good Samaritan

Goody, goody gumdrops

Goody two-shoes

Gordon Bennett

Got my mojo working

Grace of God - There but for ...

(Take with a) grain of salt

Grand slam

Grandfather clock

Granny dumping

Grasp the nettle

Grass up

Graveyard shift

Greased lightning

Great minds think alike

Great unwashed - the

Green eyed monster

Gregory Peck

Gridlock

Grind to a halt

Grinning like a Cheshire cat

Grist to the mill

Gry - Words ending in

Guinea pig

Gung ho

Gussied-up

Guts for garters

Hair of the dog that bit you

Hairy eyeball

Halcyon days

Half-cocked

Half-hearted

Half inch

Hand over fist

Handbags at ten paces

Handle with kid gloves

Hands down

Hanged, drawn and quartered

Hanky-panky

Happy as a clam

Happy as a sandboy

Happy as Larry

Happy clappy

Happy slapping

Harbinger of doom

Hard and fast

Hard cases make bad law

Hard cheese

Hard hearted

Hard lines

Hard man is good to find - A

Hark, hark! the lark at heaven's gate sings

Harp on

Has the cat got your tongue?

Hasta la vista, baby

Hat trick

Have a Captain Cook

Have an axe to grind

Have an inkling

Have no truck with

Haven't got a clue

Have your guts for garters

He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches

He who laughs last laughs longest

He will give the Devil his due

Head over heels

Heads up

Hear hear

Heard it through the grapevine

Heart's content

Heavens to Betsy

Heavens to Murgatroyd

Heavy metal

Heebie-jeebies - The

Hedge your bets

Hell in a handbasket

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned

Hell or high water

Helter-skelter

Here lies one whose name is writ in water

Het up

Hiding to nothing - On a

High and dry

High and mighty

High five

High-flyer

High horse - get off your

High on the hog

High time

High, wide and handsome

Hissy fit

History is bunk

Hit the ground running

Hit the hay

Hit the nail on the head

Hobson's choice

Hobby-horse

Hocus pocus

Hoi polloi

Hoist with your own petard

Hoity-toity

(Can't) hold a candle to

Hold your horses

Homonyms

Honesty is the best policy

Hooray Henry

Horse and cart

Horse feathers

Horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse - A

Horse's mouth - straight from the

Hot-blooded

Hot off the press

Hot on the heels

House divided against itself cannot stand - A

Household words

Houston, we have a problem

How are the mighty fallen?

How do you do?

How now brown cow?

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child

Hugger-mugger

Hung, drawn and quartered

Hunky-dory

Hunt and peck

Hush puppies

I bear a charmed life

I have not slept one wink

I have nothing to declare but my genius

I have nothing to offer but blood toil tears and sweat

I haven't got a clue

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips

I spy with my little eye

I told you is was ill

I will swing for you

I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

Identity theft

(Beware the) Ides of March

If I had my druthers

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

If music be the food of love, play on

If the cap fits

If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain

If the shoe fits

If wishes were horses, beggers would ride

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

If you think that, you have another think coming

Ill wind

I'll be there with bells on

I'll go to the foot of our stairs

I'll have your guts for garters

I'm stumped

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

In a cleft stick

In a pickle

In a pig's eye

In a quandary

In a trice

In an interesting condition

In like Flynn

In limbo

In my minds eye

In someone's bad books

In spades

In stitches

In the bag

In the box-seat

In the buff

In the cart

In the catbird seat

In the club

In the doghouse

In the doldrums

In the limelight

In the nick of time

In the offing

In the pink

In the red

In the sticks

In the twinkling of an eye

In trouble

In your face

Indian giver

Indian summer

Infra dig

Innocent until proven guilty

Inside out

For all intents and purposes

Iron hoof

Is the Pope Catholic?

Is the Pope Polish?

Is this a dagger which I see before me?

It ain't over till the fat lady sings

It came like a bolt from the blue

It is meat and drink to me

It never rains but it pours

It's all grist to the mill

It's better to give than to receive

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness

It's not rocket science

It's that man again

Ivory tower

Jack in the box

Jack of all trades, master of none

Jack Palancing

Jack - phrases that include the name Jack

Jack Robinson - Before you can say

Jack the lad

Jam tomorrow

Jerry built

Jimmy Horner

Jimmy Riddle

Jobs for the boys

Join the colours

Joined at the hip

Johnny on the spot

Jot or tittle

Jump on the bandwagon

Jump the gun

Jump the shark

Jury is still out

Just deserts

Just in time

Kangaroo court

Katy bar the door

Keep a wide berth

Keen as mustard

Keep body and soul together

Keep schtum

Keep a stiff upper lip

Keep it under your hat

Keep the ball rolling

Keep up with the Joneses

Keep your chin up

Keep your hands clean

Keep your nose clean

Keep your nose to the grindstone

Keep your pecker up

Keep your powder dry

Keepy-uppy

Kettle of fish

Khyber pass

Kick the bucket

Kick your heels

Kickin' - Alive and

Kilroy was here

King James' Version of the Bible

Kiss and tell

Kiss me Hardy
(The whole) kit and caboodle

Knee-jerk reaction

Knick-knack

Knight in shining armour

Knock back

Knock into a cocked hat

Knock off

Knock on wood

Know the ropes

Know your onions

Know which way the wind blows

Knuckle down

Knuckle under

Kowtow to

La-di-da

La dolce vita

Labour of love

Lackadaisical

Lager frenzy

Laid out in lavender

La-la land

Lamb to the slaughter

Lame duck

Land of nod - The

Lardy-dardy

Lark about

Last but not least

Last straw - The

Latin Phrases

Laugh like a drain

Laughing-stock

Laurels - rest on one's

The law is an ass

Lay it on with a trowel

Lead balloon - Go over like a

Lead-pipe cinch

Learn the ropes

Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing

Left in the lurch

Legend in one's own lifetime

Leopard cannot change its spots - A

Less is more

Let a thousand flowers bloom

Let bygones be bygones

Let not poor Nelly starve

Let not the sun go down on your wrath

Let or hindrance

Let the cat out of the bag

Let them eat cake

Let there be light

Let your hair down

Let's roll

Level playing field

Lick and a promise

Lick into shape

Lickety-split

Lie low

Lies, damned lies and statistics

Life begins at forty

Life in the 1500s - folk etymologies

Life of Riley

Life's not all beer and skittles

Life's too short

Like a chicken with its head cut off

Like a moth to a flame

Like being savaged by a dead sheep

Like billy-o

Like it or lump it

Like the clappers

Like the Dickens

Like two peas in a pod

Little bird told me - A

Little knowledge is a dangerous thing - A

Little of what you fancy does you good - A

Lions led by donkeys

Live long and prosper

Living daylights

Living off the fat of the land

Living on borrowed time

Lo and behold

Load of cobblers

Load of codswallop

Loaf of bread

Local derby

Lock stock and barrel

Long in the tooth

Look before you leap

Loose cannon

Loose lips sink ships

Lose face

Lose your marbles

Love is blind

Love that dare not speak its name - The

Loved-up

Mad as a hatter

Mad as a march hare

Magical realism

Main chance

Make a bee-line for

Make a clean breast of it

Make a pig's ear of

Make a virtue of necessity

Make haste

Make hay while the sun shines

Make him an offer he can't refuse

Make my day

Make no bones about

Make your hair stand on end

Mal de mer

Man after my own heart - A

Man does not live by bread alone

Man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client - A

A dog is a man's best friend

Man's inhumanity to man

Many a little makes a mickle

Many are called but few are chosen

Many happy returns

Many a true word is spoken in jest

Mare's nest

Marital aid

Market forces

Marry in haste, repent at leisure

May you live in interesting times

McCoy - The real

Mea culpa

Meat and drink

Meat and two veg.

Meet your Waterloo

Men in suits

Mend fences

Ménage à trois

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water

Merry Christmas

Mexican wave

Mickey Finn

Middle for diddle

Middle of the road

Might and main

(The pen is) mightier than the sword

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Milk of human kindness

Minced oaths

Mind your Ps and Qs

Ministering angel shall my sister be - A

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows

Misquotes

Miss is as good as a mile

Moaning Minnie

Mondegreens

Montezuma's Revenge

Monty - The full

Moot point

Morbid obesity

More bangs for your buck

More fool you

More honoured in the breach than in the observance

More light!

Morning person

Mother country

Motley crew

Mouth-watering

Moveable feast

Movers and shakers

Moving finger writes - The

Moving the goalposts

Much Ado about Nothing

Much of a muchness

Mud - your name is

Multitude of sins

Mumbo jumbo

Mum's the word

Murphy's Law

Music has charms to soothe the savage breast

Mutt's nuts - The

Mutt and Jeff

Mutton dressed as lamb

My bad

My better half

My cup of tea

My cup runneth over

My giddy aunt

My husband and I

My mind's eye

My old china

My old Dutch

My salad days

My stars and garters

Nail your colours to the mast

Namby-pamby

Name and shame

Name is mud

Nasty, brutish and short

Nation of shopkeepers - A

Nautical phrases

Necessity is the mother of invention

Ne'er cast a clout till May be out

Ne'er do well

Needs must

Neither a borrower nor a lender be

Neither fish nor flesh, nor good red herring

Neither here nor there

Nest-egg

Nest of vipers - A

Never give a sucker an even break

Never knowingly undersold

Never look a gift horse in the mouth

Never-never land

Never the twain shall meet

New kid on the block

Nice as ninepence

Nice kettle of fish

(In the) nick of time

Night owl

Nine days' wonder

Nip and tuck

Nip in the bud

Nitty-gritty

No-brainer

No dice

No holds barred

No laughing matter

No man is an island

No more cakes and ale?

No names: no pack-drill

No quarter given

No rest for the wicked

No room to swing a cat

No truck with

No way, Jose

Nod is as good as a wink - A

Nod - The land of

Norange - A

Nosy parker

Not a dicky-bird

Not my cup of tea

Not for all the tea in China

Not playing with a full deck

Not rocket science

Not tonight Josephine

Not worth a plugged nickel

Not worth the candle

Nothing is certain but death and taxes

Nothing succeeds like success

Now is the winter of our discontent

Nth degree

Nul points

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

O ye, of little faith

Odds bodkins

Off his own bat

Off the record

Off with his head

Offing - In the

Oh, my stars and garters

Oh, they have slain the Earl of Moray and Lady Mondegreen

Okay

Okey-dokey

Old as Methuselah

Old as the hills

Old chestnut

Old codger

Old hat

Old lang syne - see auld lang syne

On a hiding to nothing

On a wing and a prayer

On Carey Street

On cloud nine

On queer street

On tenterhooks

On the ball

On the bubble

On the button

On the dole

On the fiddle

On the pig's back

On the QT

On the shoulders of giants

On the wagon

On the warpath

On with the motley

On your beam ends

On your tod

Once in a blue moon

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more

One-hit wonder

One fell swoop - At

One for the road

One over the eight

One sandwich short of a picnic

One small step for man

One stop shop

One swallow doesn't make a summer

One's heart's content

Oops-a-daisy

Open season

(The) order of the boot

Out of sight, out of mind

Out of sorts

Out of the jaws of death

Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings

Over a barrel

Over the moon

Over the top

Overpaid, oversexed, and over here

Oxo cube

Ps and Qs - Mind your

Packed to the gunwales

Paddle your own canoe

Paint the town red

Panic stations

Paper tiger

Parting shot / Parthian shot

Pass the buck

P.D.Q. - pretty damn quick

Pearls before swine

Pears for your heirs

Peeping Tom

Peg out

Pell-mell

(The) pen is mightier than the sword

(The) penny drops

Penny saved is a penny earned - A

Pester power

Peter out

Petty cash

Physician heal thyself

Pick 'n' mix

Picture is worth a thousand words - A

Picture-perfect

Pie - as easy as

Pie in the sky

Piece of cake - A

Piece of piss

Piece of the action

Pig in a poke

Pigeon-chested

Pig's back - on the

Pig's ear

(In a) pig's eye

Pig and whistle

Piggyback

Pigs might fly

Pin money

(Take with a) pinch of salt

Pip - Get the/got the /have the

Pipe down

Pipe dream - A

Piping hot

Piss and vinegar - Full of

Place for everything and everything in its place - A

Plague on both your houses - A

Plain sailing

Plates of meat

Play by ear

Play ducks and drakes

Play fast and loose

Play it again Sam

Play silly buggers

Play the giddy goat

Play the race card

Pleased as Punch

Plug ugly

Plugged nickel

Poetic justice

Point-and-click

Point Percy at the porcelain

Politically correct

Point-blank

Point to point

Pommy bashing

Pond life

Pony and trap

Pony up

Pop goes the weasel

Popular fallacies - The Nonsense Nine

Pork pies

POSH - Port out, starboard home

Pot calling the kettle black - The

Take potluck

Pound of flesh

Pour oil on troubled waters

Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely

Power dressing

Powers that be - The

Praying at the porcelain altar

Preaching to the choir

Preposterous

Press into service

Pretty kettle of fish

Prick up your ears

Prime time

Primrose path

Proof of the pudding is in the eating - The

Proverbs - A list of

Pull in your horns

Pull out all the stops

Pull the wool over your eyes

Pull up stakes

Pull your horns in

Pull yourself up by your bootstraps

Punch above one's weight

Pure as the driven snow

Purple patch

Push the boat out

Push the envelope

Put a damper on

Put a sock in it

Put a spanner in the works

Put on the wooden overcoat

Put on your thinking cap

Put paid to

Put the cart before the horse

Put the mockers on

Put the wood in the hole

Put up your dukes

Put your back up

Put your best foot forward

Put your nose out of joint

Pyrric victory

Quality time

Quarter - Give no

Queer as a nine bob note

Queer Street

Queer the pitch

Quick and the dead - The

Quicker than lager turns to piss

Quid pro quo

Quotations

Rabbit and pork

Rack and ruin

Rack your brains

Rag, tag and bobtail

Raining cats and dogs

Raining stair-rods

Raise Cain

Rank and file

Raspberry tart

Raze to the ground

Rat arsed

Read between the lines

Read the riot act

Real McCoy

Red-handed (caught)

Red herring

Red in tooth and claw

Red letter day

Red rag to a bull - A

Red sky at night ...

Red tape

Reduplicated phrases

Religion is the opium of the people

Rest on his laurels

Revenge is a dish best served cold

Rhyme nor reason

Rhyming slang

Richard of York gave battle in vain

Richard the Third

Riddle wrapped up in an enigma - A

Riding shotgun

Riff-raff

Riley - the life of

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

Ring down the curtain

Ring-fencing

Ring the changes

Rinky-dink

Rise and shine

Road less travelled - The

Road apples

Road rage

Roasted to a turn

Rob Peter to pay Paul

Rock and roll

It's not rocket science

A rolling stone gathers no moss

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

Rose by any other name would smell as sweet - A

Rose is a rose is a rose

Rosie Lea

Rough diamond

Round Robin

Route one

Rub of the green

Rule of thumb

Rum do

Rumpy-pumpy

Run a mile

Run amok

Run of the mill

Run out of steam

Run rings around

Run the gauntlet

Sacred cow

Safe pair of hands - A

Safe sex

Salad days

Salt of the earth - The

San fairy Ann

Sandwich short of a picnic

Save face

Save one's bacon

Saved by the bell

Savoir faire

Say cheese

Say goodnight Gracie

Scarper

Scot free

Scott (Sir Walter - phrases coined by)

Screw your courage to the sticking place

'Scuse me while I kiss this guy

Sea change

Sealed with a loving kiss

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Second-guess

Security blanket

See red

Seen better days

Send packing

Senior citizen

Sent to Coventry

Separate the sheep from the goats

Set one's cap at

Set your teeth on edge

Sex and shopping

Seven-year itch

Sexton Blake

Shebang - The whole

Shaggy dog story

Shake a leg

Shakers and movers

Shakespeare (phrases and sayings of)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Shambles

Shanks' mare/shanks' pony

Share and share alike

Shilly-shally

Ship shape and Bristol fashion

Shit end of the stick - The

Shit for brains

Shiver my timbers

Short end of the stick - The

Shot across the bows

Shot heard 'round the world - The

Shot in the arm

Shot in the dark

Shoot through

Short shrift

Show a leg - see shake a leg

Show your mettle

Shuffle off this mortal coil

Shut your cake-hole

Sick puppy (A)

Sight for sore eyes (A)

Silly Billy

Silly season

Silver lining - every cloud has a

Sir Walter Scott (phrases coined by)

Silence is golden

Silver bullet

Similes

Sixes and sevens - At

Skeleton in the closet

Skid row

Skin and blister

(By the) skin of your teeth

(The) sky's the limit

Sledgehammer to crack a nut - A

Sleep like a top

Sleep on a clothesline

Sleep tight

Sloane Ranger

Slush fund

Smallest room in the house - The

Smart casual

Smoke and mirrors

Snug as a bug in a rug

So sue me

Soap-dodger

Sod's Law

Sold down the river

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men, have mediocrity thrust upon them

Someone is walking over my grave

Something for the weekend sir?

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Son of a gun

Sorry sight

Sound bite

Sound out

Sour grapes

Space, the final frontier

Spare the rod and spoil the child

Speak of the Devil

Speak softly and carry a big stick

Special relationship

Spelling-bee

Spend a penny

Spick and span

Spill the beans

Spin doctor

Spitting feathers

Spitting image

Spring forward, fall back

Spruce-up

Square meal

Squeaky bum time

Stand and deliver

Stand up guy

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Star-crossed lovers

Stark, raving mad

Stars and garters - My

Start from scratch

Steal a march

Steal my thunder

Stick in the mud

Sticks and stones may break my bones

Sticky wicket

Stiff upper lip

Stiffen the sinews

Stinking rich

Stitch in time saves nine - A

Stone the crows

Stone's throw

Stony-hearted

Stool pigeon

Storm in a teacup

Straight as a die

Straight from the horse's mouth

Strain at the leash

Strait-laced

Strait and narrow

Stranger danger

Stranger than fiction - Truth is

Strike while the iron is hot

Stuff and nonsense

Stump up

Such is life

Surf and turf

Surfing the Net/surfing the Internet/surfing the Web

Survival of the fittest

Suspension of disbelief

Swan song

Sweet Fanny Adams

Swing for you

Swing the lead

Tail wagging the dog - The

Take a back seat

Take down a peg or two

Take potluck

Take the bit between your teeth

Take the cake

Take the gilt off the gingerbread

Take the Mickey

Take the upper hand

Take umbrage

Take with a grain of salt

Taken aback

Talk of the Devil

Talk the talk

Talk through one's hat

Talk to the hand

Tall story

Tanstaafl - (there's no such thing as a free lunch)

Tattoo phrases and sayings

Tawdry

Tea leaf

Technicolor yawn

Tell it to the marines

Tempest in a teapot

Test your mettle - see show your mettle

That's all folks!

That's all she wrote

That's one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind

The ants are my friends, they're blowing in the wind

The apple of my eye

The back of beyond

The balance of power

The balance of trade

The bane of my life

The bee's knees

The belle of the ball

The best laid schemes of mice and men

The Big Apple

The Big Easy

The birds and the bees

The bitter end

The blind leading the blind

The bread of life

The buck stops here

The call of the wild

The camera cannot lie

The chickens come home to roost

The collywobbles

The course of true love never did run smooth

The crack of doom

The Crapper

The customer is always right

The cut of your jib

The dark side

The darkest hour is just before the dawn

The Devil Incarnate

The Devil take the hindmost

The Devil to pay

The die has been cast

The early bird catches the worm

The elephant in the room

The ends of the earth

The exception which proves the rule

The face that launched a thousand ships

The fat of the land

The female of the species is more deadly then the male

The floozie in the jacuzzi

The fly in the ointment

The full monty

The game is afoot

The game is up

The great unwashed

The hair of the dog that bit you

The hairy eyeball

The heebie-jeebies

The jury is still out

The land of nod

The last straw

The law is an ass

The life of Riley

The living daylights

The love that dare not speak its name

The moving finger writes

The mutt's nuts

The nth degree

The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings

The pen is mightier than the sword

The pip - Get/got/have

The pot calling the kettle black

The powers that be

The proof of the pudding is in the eating

The quick and the dead

The real McCoy

The road less travelled

The salt of the earth

The seven-year itch

The short end of the stick

The shot heard 'round the world

The sky's the limit

The smallest room in the house

The tail wagging the dog

The toast of the town

The third degree

The triumph of hope over experience

The upper hand

The usual suspects

The whole kit and caboodle

The whole nine yards

The whole shebang

The writing is on the wall

The year dot

The Yellow Peril

There is more than one way to kill a cat

There are three kinds of lies...

There but for the grace of God, go I

There is no alternative

There's an R in the month

There's no such thing as a free lunch (Tanstaafl)

There's no such thing as bad publicity

There's one (a sucker) born every minute

They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance

Thick and thin

Thin air - Vanish into

Thing of beauty is a joy forever - A

Things that go bump in the night

Think outside the box

Thinking cap

Third degree - The

Third time lucky

Thorn in the flesh

Thou shalt not kill

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it

Three score and ten

Three sheets to the wind

Three strikes and you are out

Through thick and thin

Throw in the towel

Throw your hat into the ring

Thumbs up

Thus far into the bowels of the land

Ticked off

Tickle the ivories

Tickled pink

Tide over

Tie the knot

Till the cows come home

Time and tide wait for no man

Tinker's dam

Tilting at windmills

Tissue of lies

Titfer

Tit for tat

Tits up

To a T

To all intents and purposes

To be or not to be, that is the question

To beggar belief

To big for your breeches

To boldly go where no man has gone before

To boot

To cast the first stone

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub

To the manner born

To the nth degree

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive

Toast of the town

Toe the line

Toe-curling

Toffee-nosed

Tomorrow is another day

Tongue in cheek

Too much of a good thing

Toodle-oo

Top dog

Top drawer

Top notch

Topsy-turvy

Total shambles

Touch with a barge-pole - Wouldn't

Touch wood

Touchy-feely

Tout de suite

Tower of strength

Train surfing

Trick or treat

Trip the light fantastic

Trouble and strife

True blue

Truth is stranger than fiction

Truth will out

Tuckered out

Turn a blind eye

Turn of phrase

Turn the tables

Turn up for the books

Turn up trumps

Twelve good men and true

Twenty three skidoo

Twenty four seven

Two cents worth

Two heads are better than one

Two peas in a pod

Under the thumb

Under your hat - Keep it

Get - underway

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown

The great - unwashed

The - unkindest cut of all

Up a blind alley

Up a gum tree

Up shit creek without a paddle

Up the apples and pears

Up the duff

Up the pole

Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire

Up to snuff

Upper crust

Upper hand

Up in arms

Ups-a-daisy

Upset the apple-cart

Upside down

Urban myth

Usual suspects - The

Using a sledgehammer to crack a nut

Valentine's Day Poems and Sayings

Van surfing

Vanish into thin air

Veg out

Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things

Vice versa

Vicious circle

Vis-a-vis

Vorsprung Durch Technik

Walk free

Walk the walk

Walk the plank

Walter Scott (phrases coined by)

Warts and all

Watch the birdie

(A) watched pot never boils

Watching brief

Wave a red rag to a bull

Wax lyrical

Wax poetic

We are a grandmother

We are not amused

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

We have seen better days

We know where you live

Weakest link - A chain is only as strong as its

Wear the trousers

Wear your heart on your sleeve

Weasel words

Wee-wee

Well heeled

Well read

Wet behind the ears

What a piece of work is man

What are you like?

What God has joined together let no man put asunder

What part of no don't you understand?

What you see is what you get - wysiwyg

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet

What's not to like?

What's up Doc?

When in Rome, do as the Romans do

When it comes to the crunch

When pigs fly

When the shit hits the fan

Where there's muck there's brass

Whet your appetite

Which is which?

Which witch is which?

While you live, tell truth and shame the Devil!

Whistle and flute

Whistle down the wind

White as snow

White bread

Whipper snapper

Whipping boy

White elephant

Whole kit and caboodle - The

Whole-hearted

Whole nine yards - The

Whole shebang - The

Whoops-a-daisy

Why does bread always fall butter side down?

Wick - you get on my

Wide berth - Keep a

Wild and woolly

Wild goose chase

Willy nilly

Win hands down

Win one for the Gipper

(On a) wing and a prayer

Wing it

Winter drawers on

Wish you were here

With bells on

Without let or hindrance

Without so much as a by your leave

Woe betide you

Woe is me

Wolf in sheep's clothing

Woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle - A

Woman's place is in the home - A

Women and children first

Wooden hill to Bedfordshire

Word association football

Word for word

Word in edgeways - A

Word in your shell-like - A

Words ending in gry

Worse for wear

Worth one's salt

Wotcher

Wouldn't touch with a barge-pole

Writing is on the wall - The

Wrong end of the stick - The

Yada yada

Year dot - The

Yellow-belly

Yellow Peril

You are what you eat

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink

You can lead a whore to culture but you can't make her think

You can't get blood out of a stone

You can't teach an old dog new tricks

You get on my wick

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

You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent

Young turk

Your money or your life

Your name is mud

You've never had it so good

Zero tolerance

Zig-zag