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Phrases coined by Shakespeare - Hamlet

A list of the phrases and sayings that first saw the light of day, or were made popular by, Shakespeare's play Hamlet:

A countenance more in sorrow than in anger

A ministering angel shall my sister be

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio

Brevity is the soul of wit

Frailty, thy name is woman

His beard was as white as snow

Hoist by your own petard

In my mind's eye

Make your hair stand on end

More honoured in the breach than in the observance

Neither a borrower nor a lender be

Primrose path

Shuffle off this mortal coil

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune

There's method in my madness

To be or not to be, that is the question

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

What a piece of work is man

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions

Woe is me