A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two
In The Bush:
Having something that is certain is much better than
taking a risk for more, because chances are you
might lose everything.
A Blessing In Disguise:
Something good that isn't recognized at first.
A Chip On Your Shoulder:
Being upset for something that happened in the past.
A Dime A Dozen:
Anything that is common and easy to get.
A Doubting Thomas:
A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in
order to believe something.
A Drop in the Bucket:
A very small part of something big or whole.
A Fool And His Money Are Easily
It's easy for a foolish person to lose his/her
A House Divided Against Itself
Everyone involved must unify and function together
or it will not work out.
A Leopard Can't Change His
You cannot change who you are.
A Penny Saved Is A Penny
By not spending money, you are saving money (little
A Picture Paints a Thousand
A visual presentation is far more descriptive than
A Piece of Cake:
A task that can be accomplished very easily.
A Slap on the Wrist:
A very mild punishment.
A Taste Of Your Own Medicine:
When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat
A result that is still unclear and can go either
A Zebra can't change its
A person isn't likely to change their behaviour.
Actions Speak Louder Than
A person's actions and not their words that really
indicates their motive or true self.
Add Fuel To The Fire:
Doing something that makes an already bad situation
Against The Clock:
Rushed and short on time.
All Bark And No Bite:
When someone is threatening and/or aggressive but
not willing to engage in a fight.
All Greek to me:
Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who
cannot read, speak, or understand any of the Greek
language would be.
All In The Same Boat:
When everyone is facing the same challenges.
An Arm And A Leg:
Very expensive. A large amount of money.
An Axe To Grind:
To have a dispute with someone.
Apple of My Eye:
Someone who is cherished above all others.
As High As A Kite:
Anything that is high up in the sky.
Drop Of A Hat:
Willing to do something immediately.
Back Seat Driver:
People who criticize from the sidelines, much like
someone giving unwanted advice from the back seat of
a vehicle to the driver.
Back To Square One:
Having to start all over again.
Back To The Drawing Board:
When an attempt fails and it's time to start all
Barking Up The Wrong Tree:
A mistake made in something you are trying to
Beat A Dead Horse:
To force an issue that has already ended.
Beating Around The Bush:
Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about
Bend Over Backwards:
Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do
Between A Rock And A Hard
Stuck between two very bad options.
More Than You Can Chew:
To take on a task that is way to big.
Bite Your Tongue:
To avoid talking.
Blood Is Thicker Than Water:
The family bond is closer than anything else.
A rare event or occurance.
Break A Leg:
A superstitious way to say 'good luck' without
saying 'good luck', but rather the opposite.
Buy A Lemon:
To purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems
or stops running after you drive it away.
Can't Cut The Mustard :
Someone who isn't adequate enough to compete or
Cast Iron Stomach:
Someone who has no problems, complications or ill
effects with eating anything or drinking anything.
Stiffness in the leg / A leg cramp.
Chew someone out:
Verbally scold someone.
Chip on his Shoulder:
Angry today about something that occurred in the
Close but no Cigar:
To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but
Cock and Bull Story:
An unbelievable tale.
Come Hell Or High Water:
Any difficult situation or obstacle.
Crack Someone Up:
To make someone laugh.
Cross Your Fingers:
To hope that something happens the way you want it
Cry Over Spilt Milk:
When you complain about a loss from the past.
Intentionally raise a false alarm.
Cup Of Joe [Cuppa Joe]:
A cup of coffee.
Curiosity Killed The Cat:
Being Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous
Cut to the Chase:
Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get
to the point.
One who was previously unknown and is now prominent.
100% identical. A duplicate.
Someone who takes a position for the sake of
argument without believing in that particular side
of the arguement. It can also mean one who presents
a counter argument for a position they do believe
in, to another debater.
Dog Days of Summer:
The hottest days of the summer season.
Don't count your chickens
before they hatch:
Don't rely on it until your sure of it.
Don't Look A Gift Horse In The
When someone gives you a gift, don't be ungrateful.
Don't Put All Your Eggs In One
Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
Down To The Wire:
Something that ends at the last minute or last few
Drastic Times Call For Drastic
When you are extremely desperate you need to take
extremely desperate actions.
Drink like a fish:
To drink very heavily.
Drive someone up the wall:
To irritate and/or annoy very much.
Dropping Like Flies:
A large number of people either falling ill or
A certain item is no longer available. Or this idiom
can also mean, to throw away.
Elvis has left the building:
The show has come to an end. It's all over.
Killing of a certain ethnic or religious group on a
Every Cloud Has A Silver
Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to
Everything But The Kitchen
Almost everything and anything has been included.
Excuse my French:
Please forgive me for cussing.
An aggressive attack on someone by a group.
An enjoyable day or circumstance.
Finding Your Feet:
To become more comfortable in whatever you are
Finger lickin' good:
A very tasty food or meal.
Fixed In Your Ways:
Not willing or wanting to change from your normal
way of doing something.
Flash In The Pan:
Something that shows potential or looks promising in
the beginning but fails to deliver anything in the
A swap meet. A place where people gather to buy and
sell inexpensive goods.
Flesh and Blood:
This idiom can mean living material of which people
are made of, or it can refer to someone's family.
Flip The Bird:
To raise your middle finger at someone.
Foam at the Mouth:
To be enraged and show it.
Iron pyrites, a worthless rock that resembles real
An open mouth kiss where tongues touch.
From Rags To Riches:
To go from being very poor to being very wealthy.
An old-fashioned and foolish type of person.
This idiom can mean either, "the whole thing" or
A mental institutional facility.
Get Down to Brass Tacks:
To become serious about something.
Get Over It:
To move beyond something that is bothering you.
Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The
Someone who is having a horrible day.
Get Your Walking Papers:
Get fired from a job.
Give Him The Slip:
To get away from. To escape.
Go Down Like A Lead Balloon:
To be received badly by an audience.
Go For Broke:
To gamble everything you have.
Go Out On A Limb:
Put yourself in a tough position in order to support
Go The Extra Mile:
Going above and beyond whatever is required for the
task at hand.
Someone who helps others when they are in need, with
no discussion for compensation, and no thought of a
Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8:00 am. The
time of the day when most other people are sleeping.
Great Minds Think Alike:
Intelligent people think like each other.
The waiting room, especially for those who are about
to go on a tv or radio show.
A personal intuition you get, especially when feel
something may not be right.
Haste Makes Waste:
Quickly doing things results in a poor ending.
When one player scores three goals in the same
hockey game. This idiom can also mean three scores
in any other sport, such as 3 homeruns, 3
touchdowns, 3 soccer goals, etc.
Have an Axe to Grind:
To have a dispute with someone.
He Lost His Head:
Angry and overcome by emotions.
Head Over Heels:
Very excited and/or joyful, especially when in love.
Hell in a Handbasket:
Deteriorating and headed for complete disaster.
Slapping palms above each others heads as
High on the Hog:
Living in Luxury.
Hit The Books:
To study, especially for a test or exam.
Hit The Hay:
Go to bed or go to sleep.
Hit The Nail on the Head:
Do something exactly right or say something exactly
Hit The Sack:
Go to bed or go to sleep.
In general, a term used in magic or trickery.
Hold Your Horses:
Be patient. Just wait a minute, the time will
come to get going.
An activity designed to make people feel at ease in
a group. To get to know others by way of a
game or activity.
When you already have it good and get something on
top of what you already have.
Idle Hands Are The Devil's
You are more likely to get in trouble if you have
nothing to do.
If It's Not One Thing, It's
When one thing goes wrong, then another, and
In Like Flynn:
To be easily successful, especially when sexual or
In The Bag:
To have it made; to have something secured.
In The Buff:
In The Heat Of The Moment:
Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
In Your Face:
An aggressive and bold confrontation.
It Takes Two To Tango:
A two person conflict where both people are at
It's A Small World:
You frequently see the same people in different
Its Anyone's Call:
A competition where the outcome is difficult to
judge or predict.
Since 1954 the Ivy League has been the following
universities: Columbia, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth,
Yale, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Harvard.
Crossing the street (from the middle) without using
Just Between You and Me and the
Something said in strict confidence that one doesn't
want anyone else to hear.
Keep An Eye On Him:
You should carefully watch him.
Keep body and soul together:
To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to
keep yourself alive .
Keep your chin up:
To remain joyful in a tough situation.
Kick The Bucket:
Diagonally across. Sometimes called Catty-Corner as
Knee Jerk Reaction:
A quick and automatic response.
Knock On Wood:
Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad
Know the Ropes:
To understand the details.
Last but not least:
An introduction phrase to let the audience know that
the last person mentioned is no less important than
those introduced before him/her.
Lend Me Your Ear:
To politely ask for someone's full attention.
Let Bygones Be Bygones:
To forget about a disagreement or arguement.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie:
To avoid restarting a conflict.
Let The Cat Out Of The Bag:
To share a secret that wasn't suppose to be shared.
Level playing field:
A fair competition where no side has an advantage.
Like a chicken with its head
To act in a frenzied manner.
To get someone drunk.
Little pitchers have big ears:
There are little children eavesdropping on a
Long in the Tooth:
Old people (or horses).
Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if
not kept in check.
Make No Bones About:
To state a fact so there are no doubts or
Method To My Madness:
Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but
in the end are done for a good reason.
More Wag, Less Bark:
Try to speak a little sweeter and criticize less.
Nonsense or meaningless speech.
Mum's the word:
To keep quiet. To say nothing.
Savings set aside for future use.
Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Don't hurt anyone that helps you.
New kid on the block:
Someone new to the school, group or area.
New York Minute [Faster than a
New York Minute!]:
A minute that seems to go by quickly, especially in
a fast paced environment.
To not agree. To not accept a proposition.
No Room to Swing a Cat:
An unsually small or confined space.
Not Playing With a Full Deck:
Someone who lacks intelligence.
Off On The Wrong Foot:
Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.
Off The Hook:
No longer have to deal with a tough situation.
Off the Record:
Something said in confidence that the one speaking
doesn't want attributed to him/her.
On Pins And Needles:
Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of
On the Double
Do something very quickly!
On The Fence:
On The Same Page:
When multiple people all agree on the same thing.
Out Of The Blue:
Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.
Out On A Limb:
When someone puts themselves in a risky or sticky
Out On The Town:
Going out to a fancy dinner or show.
Over My Dead Body:
It's saying something will only happen if you're
Over the Top:
Pass The Buck:
Avoid responsibility by giving it to someone else.
opposed to "The buck stops here." Meaning this
problem will not be passed on to someone else.]
Pedal to the metal:
The gas pedal to the floor of the car or going full
speed, especially while driving a vehicle. But
this might also be said to command that others get
Someone who spies on people -- hoping to see them
naked, etc., for self gratification.
Pretty Darn Quick!
Pick up your ears:
To listen very carefully.
Pig In A Poke:
A big deal made out of something without first
Pig Out :
To eat a lot and eat it quickly -- usually
To shut-up or be quiet.
Practice Makes Perfect:
By constantly practicing, you will become better.
Pull the plug:
To stop something. To bring something to a quick
Pulling Your Leg:
Tricking someone as a joke.
Put a sock in it:
To tell noisy person or a group to be quiet.
Put on the dog:
Really put on a nice party, food, decorations, etc.
Taking a huge leap in an assumption about a problem
[Take a] Raincheck:
An offer or deal that is declined right now but
willing to accept later.
Raining Cats and Dogs:
A very loud and noisy rain storm.
Something don to protect someone or someone's
Rise and Shine:
Time to get up and get going. To get up and
get ready for work or school.
Rome Was Not Built In One Day:
If you want something to be completely properly,
then its going to take time.
Rule Of Thumb:
According to the way things usually go. A rough
Run out of steam:
To be spent; completely out of energy.
Saved By The Bell:
Saved at the last possible moment. Luckily
stopping because the time was up.
Someone else who takes the blame.
Scot-free: [Getting off
Avoiding penalty. To escape and not have to pay.
Sick As A Dog:
To be very sick (with the flu or a cold).
Riding in the front passenger seat of a car.
A paranormal sense that allows you to communicate
with the dead.
The rundown area of a city where the homeless and
drug users live.
Smell A Rat:
To detect someone in the group is betraying the
Smell Something Fishy:
Detecting that something isn't right and there might
be a reason for it.
Son of a Gun:
A scamp. A real conniving person.
Someone who is left-handed.
Spin a Yarn:
A person telling a tale.
The exact likeness or kind. Identical.
Start From Scratch:
To do it all over again from the beginning.
Something made without a baking mix.
The Ball Is In Your Court:
It is your decision this time. It's up to you
The Best Of Both Worlds:
There are two choices and you have them both.
The Bigger They Are The Harder
While the bigger and stronger opponent might be a
lot more difficult to beat, when beaten, they suffer
a much greater loss.
The Birds and the Bees
Explaining basic information about sex and
reproduction to children.
The Last Straw:
When one small burden after another creates an
unbearable situation, the last straw is the last
small burden that one can take.
The Whole Nine Yards:
Everything. All of it.
Third time's a charm:
After no success the first two times, the third try
is a lucky one.
Tie the knot:
To get married.
'Til the cows come home:
A long time.
To Make A Long Story Short:
Something someone would say during a long and boring
story in order to keep his/her audience from losing
attention. Usually the story isn't shortened.
To Steal Someone's Thunder:
To take the credit for something someone else did.
Tongue And Cheek:
Humour, not necessarily to be taken seriously.
Turn A Blind Eye:
Refuse to acknowledge something you know is real or
Twenty three skidoo:
To be turned away.
Under the wire:
A job or assignment completed
just in time or just before the deadline.
Feeling ill or sick.
Up a blind alley:
Going down a course of action that leads to a bad
Up a creek (without a paddle):
In trouble; going the wrong direction with no help
Use Your Loaf:
Use your head. Think smart.
Using a Sledge-Hammer to Crack a Nut:
Using disproportionate force or expense to take care
of or overcome a minor problem.
Van Gogh's ear for music:
Variety Is The Spice Of Life:
The more experiences you try the more exciting life
Wag the Dog:
A diversion away from something of greater
Water Under The Bridge:
Anything from the past that isn't significant or
Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve:
To openly and freely express your emotions.
When It Rains, It Pours:
Since it rarely rains, when it does it will be a
When Pigs Fly :
Something that will never ever happen.
Wild and Woolly:
Uncultured and without laws.
Wine and Dine:
When somebody is treated to an expensive meal.
Without A Doubt:
X marks the spot:
A phrase that is said when someone finds something
he/she has been looking for.
You Are What You Eat:
In order to stay healthy you must eat healthy foods.
You Can't Judge A Book By Its
Decisions shouldn't be made primarily on appearance.
You Can't Take it With You:
Enjoy what you have and not what you don't have,
since when you die you cannot take things (such as
money) with you.
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine:
I have no idea.
No crime or law breaking big or small will be