Popular Catchphrases

  1. As every schoolboy knows – used before mentioning a fact that is familiar to everyone, including children.
  2. To put on a back burner – to be of low priority or temporary deferment.
  3. Back to square one – back to where one started, with no progress having been made.
  4. Ballpark figure – an estimate; an off-the-cuff guess.
  5. To laugh all the way to the bank -to be very happy about money that has been earned by doing something that other people might think is unfair orthat they criticized.
  6. Beer and sandwiches
  7. As the bishop said to the actress – changes whatever has been said before it into an innuendo
  8. Blood, sweat and tears – extremely hard work; unstinting effort.
  9. Bone to pick – to want to talk to someone about something they have done that has annoyed you.
  10. The buck stops here – “passing blame”, or absolving oneself of responsibility or concern by denying authority or jurisdiction over a given matter.
  11. To bite the bullet – to endure a painful or otherwise unpleasant situation that is seen as unavoidable.
  12. Catch-22 situation – A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently contradictory rules or conditions
  13. Cut your coat according to your cloth meanstoplan one’s aims and activities in line with one’s resources and
  14. Cock-and-bull story – an absurd, improbable story presented as the truth
  15. Corridors of power Theplaces or positions from which people in authority wield
  16. Between the devil and the deep blue sea – to choose between two undesirable situations
  17. Dog days of summer – It’s the portion of summer known as the hottest time of the year.
  18. Bite the dust – to break; to fail; to give out or to die.
  19. Feather on one’s cap – a praiseworthy accomplishment; distinction; honor
  20. Take a French leave – “leave of absence without permission or without announcing one’s departure”
  21. Jump out of the frying pan into the fire – escaping a bad situation for a worse situation.
  22. Iron lady – used to describe other femaleheads of governmentor political figures, even retrospectively.
  23. Land of Nod – animaginaryland of sleep
  24. Mother of all battles – referring to the biggest amoung of something (e.g. mother of all parties, mother of all beatings, etc.)
  25. Not worth a tinker’s damn – to have or feel little or no concern; be unaffected or unmoved
  26. Oil on troubled waters – Tocalm something or someone who is tenacious or misbehaving
  27. As old as Methuselah – used to say that someone is very old
  28. Old-boy network – an exclusive network that links members of a profession, social class, or organization or the alumni of a particular school through which the individuals assist one another in business, politics, etc.
  29. Over a barrel –out ofone’scontrol; in a
  30. Take a rain check – said when politely refusing an offer, with the implication that one may accept it at a later date.
  31. See through rose-tinted spectacles – selective perception of a collective aspect/object; seeing the good side only.
  32. Cross the Rubicon – means to pass apoint of no return, and refers toJulius Caesar’s army’s crossing of the Rubicon River
  33. Rule of thumb – aprinciplewith broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation
  34. With a pinch of salt meanstolistento a story or an explanation with considerable
  35. Send in the clowns – to reinforce support when things go wrong.
  36. Serious money – extreme or remarkable
  37. Skeleton in the closet – used to describe an undisclosed fact about someone which, if revealed, would have a negative impact on perceptions of the person
  38. Cast the first stone – to be the first to condemn or blame a wrongdoer; be hasty in one’s judgment
  39. Talk turkey-totalk business;to talk frankly
  40. Teddy-bear syndrome – “If I can’t have it, then no one can” mentality.
  41. By the skin of one’s teeth – just barely;Bythe smallest
  42. As thick as thieves – veryclose-knit; friendly;
  43. Turn the tables – tocausea reversal in someone’s plans; to make one’s plans turn back on
  44. Where’s the beef? – questioning the substance of an idea, event or product.
  45. White man’s burden – theallegedduty of the white race to care for subject peoples of other races in its colonial
  46. On a wing and a prayer – In poor condition, but just managing to get the job done.
  47. Writing on the wall – thelikelihoodthat something bad will
  48. Wrong side of the tracks – the poor side of town.
  49. The first seven years are the hardest – suggests that everything declines after seven years.
  50. You’ve never had it so good – have never had so much good



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