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161 Phrases 'Coined in the USA'

American phrases and SayingsNo country has a closer association with the language of Olde Englande than the USA. From the days of the first Puritan settlers to recent cross-Atlantic tweetings, the two countries have shared in the development of English.

Many words and phrases used in the USA have retained their Elizabethan English meanings and pronunciations that have long disappeared in England itself.

There are many American phrases which are used in the USA but haven't been adopted anywhere else. Example of this are:

These, and many others, are widely understood in the US, but would procure puzzled looks in other English-speaking countries.

The list below are of (some of) the many English phrases are were 'coined in the USA' and now wisely used around the world.

A bigger bang for your buck Link to proverb

A rose is a rose is a rose Link to proverb

A shot in the arm Link to proverb

A sledgehammer to crack a nut Link to proverb

Acid test- The Link to proverb

All singing, all dancing Link to proverb

An arm and a leg Link to proverb

As easy as pie Link to proverb

As happy as a clam Link to proverb

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Two countries divided by a common language. As George Bernard Shaw (might have) said.
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Baby boomer Link to proverb

Back to the drawing board Link to proverb

Back-seat driver - A Link to proverb

Bad hair day - A Link to proverb

Barking up the wrong tree Link to proverb

Bats in the belfry Link to proverb

Bee's knees- The Link to proverb

Between a rock and a hard place Link to proverb

Big fish in a small pond - A Link to proverb

Bigger bang for your buck - A Link to proverb

Birds and the bees- The Link to proverb

Blast from the past - A Link to proverb

Blaze a trail Link to proverb

Blonde bombshell - A Link to proverb

Born again Link to proverb

Break a leg Link to proverb

Bronx cheer Link to proverb

Brownie points Link to proverb

Bunny boiler - A Link to proverb

Bury the hatchet Link to proverb

Card-sharp - A Link to proverb

Catch 22 Link to proverb

Chaise lounge Link to proverb

Chick flick - A Link to proverb

Climb on the bandwagon Link to proverb

Close, but no cigar Link to proverb

Coin a phrase Link to proverb

Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey Link to proverb

Cold turkey Link to proverb

Concrete overcoat Link to proverb

Cost an arm and a leg Link to proverb

Customer is always right- The Link to proverb

Cut to the chase Link to proverb

Dead ringer - A Link to proverb

Doom and gloom Link to proverb

Double whammy Link to proverb

Down the tubes Link to proverb

Drop-dead gorgeous Link to proverb

Ethnic cleansing Link to proverb

Face the music Link to proverb

Fancy pants Link to proverb

Fashion victim - A Link to proverb

Feeding frenzy - A Link to proverb

Fifteen minutes of fame Link to proverb

Filthy rich Link to proverb

Five o'clock shadow Link to proverb

Flavor of the month- The Link to proverb

Fly off the handle Link to proverb

Foot in the door - A Link to proverb

Fuddy-duddy - A Link to proverb

Funny farm- The Link to proverb

Generation X Link to proverb

Get down to brass tacks Link to proverb

Get your dander up Link to proverb

Get your goat Link to proverb

Gild the lily Link to proverb

Go haywire Link to proverb

Go the whole hog Link to proverb

Go postal Link to proverb

Go to hell in a handbasket Link to proverb

Good riddance to bad rubbish Link to proverb

Goody, goody gumdrops Link to proverb

Gung ho Link to proverb

Have an axe to grind Link to proverb

Heads up - A Link to proverb

Heavy metal Link to proverb

Heebie-jeebies- The Link to proverb

High on the hog Link to proverb

High, wide and handsome Link to proverb

Hissy fit - A Link to proverb

Hold your horses Link to proverb

Hooray Henry - A Link to proverb

Hunky-dory Link to proverb

Identity theft Link to proverb

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

In an interesting condition Link to proverb

In like Flynn Link to proverb

In spades Link to proverb

In the bag Link to proverb

In the sticks Link to proverb

Indian summer - An

Jobs for the boys Link to proverb

Joined at the hip Link to proverb

Jump on the bandwagon Link to proverb

Jump the gun Link to proverb

Jump the shark Link to proverb

Jury is still out- The Link to proverb

Kangaroo court - A Link to proverb

Keep the ball rolling Link to proverb

Keep your chin up Link to proverb

Kit and caboodle- The Link to proverb

Knock into a cocked hat Link to proverb

Know your onions Link to proverb

Lame duck - A Link to proverb

Level playing field - A Link to proverb

Loose cannon - A Link to proverb

Lose your marbles Link to proverb

Make a bee-line for Link to proverb

Middle of the road Link to proverb

More bang for your buck Link to proverb

Mother country- The Link to proverb

My bad Link to proverb

New kid on the block- The Link to proverb

Nitty-gritty- The Link to proverb

No dice Link to proverb

No-brainer - A Link to proverb

Off the record Link to proverb

On cloud nine Link to proverb

On the wagon Link to proverb

On the warpath Link to proverb

Paddle your own canoe Link to proverb

Paint the town red Link to proverb

Pass the buck Link to proverb

Peg out Link to proverb

Peter out Link to proverb

Pie in the sky Link to proverb

Piece of cake - A Link to proverb

Pipe dream - A Link to proverb

Play by ear Link to proverb

Power dressing Link to proverb

P.D.Q. - pretty damn quick Link to proverb

Pride comes before a fall Link to proverb

Prime time Link to proverb

Pull the wool over your eyes Link to proverb

Quality time Link to proverb

Red letter day - A Link to proverb

Rise and shine Link to proverb

Road rage Link to proverb

Run a mile Link to proverb

Run of the mill Link to proverb

Sacred cow - A Link to proverb

Security blanket Link to proverb

Seven-year itch- The Link to proverb

Sitting pretty Link to proverb

Skid row Link to proverb

Smart casual Link to proverb

Smoke and mirrors Link to proverb

Sold down the river Link to proverb

Sound bite - A Link to proverb

Spill the beans Link to proverb

Spin doctor - A Link to proverb

Spring forward, fall back Link to proverb

Square meal - A Link to proverb

Stool pigeon - A Link to proverb

Tail wagging the dog- The Link to proverb

Take the cake Link to proverb

Taken for a ride Link to proverb

Talk to the hand Link to proverb

Talk through one's hat Link to proverb

Tell me about it

Real McCoy- The Link to proverb

That's all she wrote Link to proverb

The road less travelled Link to proverb

That's All Folks! Link to proverb

The pits Link to proverb

The whole nine yards Link to proverb

The whole shebang Link to proverb

There's no such thing as a free lunch Link to proverb

Top notch Link to proverb

Tuckered out Link to proverb

Up a gum tree Link to proverb

Up shit creek without a paddle Link to proverb

Wear the trousers Link to proverb

Well heeled Link to proverb

What you see is what you get Link to proverb

What's not to like? Link to proverb

Whoops-a-daisy Link to proverb

Wild and woolly Link to proverb

Zero tolerance Link to proverb

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