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Sayings that start with the letter B

Sayings that start with the letter B

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

Backward in coming forward

Bacon - Bring home the

Bad books

Bad egg

Bad hair day

Bad money drives out good


Badger to death

Bad news travels fast

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

Balling the jack

Ballpark figure

Bandy words

Bane of your life

Bang on about

Baptism of fire

Barge-pole - Wouldn't touch with a

Barking mad

Barking dogs never bite

Barking up the wrong tree

Barrel of laughs

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

(To) beat the band

Beat the living daylights out of someone

Beating a dead horse

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

Beer goggles

Bee-line - make a bee-line for

Bee's knees - The


Before the fact

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 par

Below the belt

Below the salt

Bells and whistles

Belt and braces

Belt up

Best bib and tucker

Best defense is a good offence - The

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 a shadow of a doubt

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 fleas have little fleas upon their back to bite 'em

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 sheep of the family

Blast from the past - A

Blaze a trail

Bless you! (after a sneeze)

Blind-man's buff

Blind leading the blind - The


Blonde bombshell

Blood and thunder

Blood is thicker than water

Blood toil tears and sweat

Blood, sweat and tears


Blot on the landscape

Blow a raspberry - see raspberry tart

Blow the gaff

Blow your mind

Blow your own trumpet

Blown to smithereens

Blue blood

Blue funk

Blue moon (Once in a)

Blue-plate special

Bob's your uncle

Bode well

Bodice ripper

Body - phrases related to the human body

Body surfing

Bog standard

Bold as brass

Bolt from the blue

Bone dry

Bone idle

Bone up on

Booby prize

Booby trap


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


Bought the farm

Bowled a maiden over

Box and Cox

Box-seat - in the

Boxing Day

Boys will be boys

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

Bronx cheer

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

Bucket list

Bugger Bognor!

Buggins' turn

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door

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

Busy as a one-armed paperhanger

Butter no parsnips - Fine words

Butter side down

Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth


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

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