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Cliches! I hate these things though I use some of them a lot. Okay so here are a few that I thought i would share:

the fair sex
act your age
win's one's spurs
give him a dose of his own medicine
bug off
a marriage made in heaven
Lie like a rug.
bad blood
keep your eyes glued to the T.V.
stuffed shirt
Don't tick him off or he'll bite your head off.
mind your own business
Take a chill pill
Don't Get your knickers in a Twist
pandemonium reigns (or breaks out)
without further ado
a gay Lothario
wolf whistle
my heart bleeds for you
between a rock and a hard place
foam at the mouth
bevy of beauties
Piss out the fire, call the dogs, and lets go home.
smart as a whip
here, there and everywhere
It ain't rocket science.
stung to the quick
with every tick of the clock
searching my brain for the right word
tale of woe
making a decision is easy: when the difference is big you know what to chose, and when the difference is small, it does not really matter what you chose
stickler for the rules
part and parcel
a few french fries short of a load
until the cows come home
the third degree
What is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander.
on the ropes
well and good
every cloud has a silver lining
re-inventing the wheel
getting dogged
on cloud nine
You bet!
solid as a piece of granite
shoot himself in the foot
just wait till your father gets home
let the cat out of the bag
spin a tale
back in the saddle
Better to have and not need than to need and not have
survival of the fittest
on pins and needles
there are ears in the corn field
Hell's Angel
He/She can eat cookies/crackers in my bed.
lead by the nose
second to none
footloose and fancy-free
La verité est toujours l'idée de tout le monde
buxom wench
today is the first day of the rest of your life
with flying colors
do or die
that's all she wrote!
now we're cooking with Crisco/ga
stream of consciousness
bask in his glory
crying in the wilderness
den of thieves
punch his lights out
feel it in my bones
A penny saved is a penny earned
gentle reader
wild and woolly
a no-win situation
crack the code
cover your backside
No good deed goes unpunished
fortunes of war
hang by a thread
a thing of beauty is a joy forever
big Apple
searching for the right woman or man
Faster than a speeding crawfish.
you're not just whistling Dixie
He ran over me like a speed bump.
the do's and don'ts
easy does it
it takes one to know one
bear the burden and the heat of the day
winners never quit and quitters never win
kicked the bucket
pillar of the establishment
hand over fist
life is not hard, it only needs some positive thinking
curiosity killed the cat
business as usual
letter perfect
bite off more than you can chew
as sharp as a cafeteria meatball.
nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs
works his but off
roll out the red carpet
give a damn
pick and choose
buy for a song
as cold as a witches tit
bright and early
sink a shot ( basketball cliche )
sticky wicket
won't work a lick
click up your heels
not until pigs fly
ready for the nut house
have no truck with
the waiting is the hardest part
cut and dried
not one red cent
when the work is done, I will have time for myself
hit the ground running
"If I could rearrange the alphabet, I would put U and I together"
half a loaf is better than none
all at seas
he jacked it out of the ballpark (homerun)
crunch his hand into a fist
cat's pajamas
Holier than thou
He/she couldn't find his ass with both hands
trip the light fantastic
what's new?
the truth will out
Hotter than the hinges of hell.
hair of the dog that bit you
only in America
it takes guts
a bolt from the blue
does my heart good
two shakes of a lamb's tail
from A to Z
cop out
wash one's hands of
cute as a button
hear a pin drop
a world of good
it's a small world
laugh up your sleeve
no man is an island
picture of health
a friend in need is a friend indeed
the more the merrier
grist for the mill
back to square one
in the red
puppy love
Haste makes waste
as sound as a drum
put that in your pipe and smoke it
pinch a penny
walking dictionary
has the cat got your tongue?
get it down pat
shining like a black mans ass in a snow bank
running around like a a chicken with his head cut off
in durance vile
hard row to hoe
divide and conquer
"as lucky as a man in a women's prison with a fist full of pardons"
No good deed goes unpunished
don't worry, be happy
dumb as a bag of hammers
ways and means
take a leaf out of your book
a piece of the action
hold your horses
boob tube (TV)
bed of roses
Can you top this?
smooth moves, Exlax ( a good put down for a buddy)
that's water under the bridge
I was born at night, but not last night
to be one's own master
leave no stone unturned
rub elbows
nothing new under the sun
take it or leave it
go whole hog
in the groves of Academe
Break a leg.
out of sight, out of mind
across the board
useless as a pay toilet on a diarrehea ward
his roar is bigger than his bite
smooth moves, Exlax ( a good put down for a buddy)
open secret
it goes without saying
Don't know which way to turn.
walk like a duck
keeping on keeping on
between the sword and the wall (Spanish)
Hold your wagon!
as solid as the ground we stand on
ace in the hole
take umbrage
the road to recovery
Balls to the wall
instead of measuring we'll just eyeball it
a horse of a different color
fall head over heels
run its course
it takes one to know one
by and large
return to the fold
cut and dried
Why buy the cow, when you can get the milk for free ?
had hate in his eyes
I'm all ears.
take the rough with the smooth
ain't that just the cats pjamas
Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what to expect
Go jump in the lake!
The light at the end of the tunnel
tit for tat
cloak and dagger work
walk on the safe side of the road
don't let one mistake lead to another
lead by the nose
no thanks to you
dead right
poorer than a pickpocket in a nudist colony
make an honest woman of her
you can't teach an old dog new tricks
by the skin of the teeth
caught with his hand in the cookie jar
that's his ticket out of here
fight the battle all over again
in the pink
hold at bay
mind your own business
the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
bone of contention
did your homework
he's no slouch
up and about
jaundiced eye
are you hard of hearing
keep your nose out of my business
sweat blood
that's a piece of cake
she would make a bull dog chew his chain
don't rock the boat
He never was the sharpest tool in the shed
Can you top this?
hit the spot
there will come a day when all the work is finished or when it is too late to finish it
forewarned is forearmed
iron hand in a velvet glove
wishful thinking
it's like butter
dollars to doughnuts
different sores for different whores
heart-to-heart talk
all Greek to me
a hard man is good to find
dyed in the wool
We've got to give 110%
no great shakes
waiting always lasts long
you could hear a pin drop
I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole
run with the hare, hunt with the hounds
one plug nickel
La verité est toujours l'idée de tout le monde
He thinks he's shit on a stick but he's only a fart on a twig
run amok
glass jaw
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man health, wealthy and wise.
go by the board
look at the brighter side of things
tit for tat
look at the brighter side of things
live to love
use your head
once bitten, twice shy
bust in the mouth
a slap in the face
will wonders never cease
he's on a roll
Like flopping in a pint glass
hoot and a holler
tickle your fancy
the squeaking wheel gets the grease
by brute force
dumb blonde
gets my goat
Hold your wagon!
out of sight, out of mind
in cold blood
that's his ticket out of here
When the fertiliser hits the windmall (i.e., when the shit hits the fan)




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shoot himself in the foot
birds of a feather flock together
stark raving mad
keep it simple, stupid
have your heart in your mouth
just wait till your father gets home
a whole new ball of wax
pull it off
a clean slate
pea brain
busy as a cat on a hot tin roof
What is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander.
silver-tongued orator
cry like a baby
stop the music
belt down some liquor
got hosed (cheated)
walk on eggs
hern and haw
youthful folly
get your act together
running around like a chicken with it's head cut off
A few fleas are good for the dog
get the guts to do something about it
I have worn out more tool pouches than you have sox.
If wishes were horses the beggers would ride.
there's more than one way to kill a cat than choking it with butter.
those are the breaks ( dems da breaks)
the game is not worth the candle
don't rush to judgement
The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.
sad sack
a drop in the bucket
blast from the past
make a freight train take a dirt road
have both feet on the ground
The dog's bollocks
kiss and tell
(to describe a well-proportioned woman) "like two tomcats in a gunny sack"
kick the dog and cat
you look like somebody shot at and missed, shit at and hit
handsome is as handsome does
from soup to nuts
If your head wasn't screwed on you'd lose that too.
no quarter given
too tired to sleep
not on your life
balance of power
come a cropper
cross the Rubicon
make ends meet
Got one foot in the grave.
two grapes short of a fruit salad
the law is an ass
in the doghouse
you burn my shit
sift through the rubble piece by piece
a feather in his cap
tail wagging the dog
hit below the belt
Raise hell and put a chunk under it
been smokin the wacky tabaccy
honest to goodness
kiss of death
railroad him right out of town
quick as a wink
a watched pot never boils
butt out
winners never quit and quitters never win
idiot box (TV)
his bark is worse than his bite
Colder than a witches toe.
weed (marijauna
the law is an ass
The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.
pay as you go
back-seat driver
not a chinaman's chance
The truth won't be told by the few who know.
go the route
kill two birds with one stone
It is frequently more economical to be inefficient.
hear some gossip or rumor
cut and thrust
Wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating crackers!
gird up your loins
as screwed up as a football bat
That which does not kill us makes us stronger
feather your nest
straight off the farm
sets your teeth on edge
A diamond is a girl's best friend
pop a cherry
Indian giver
The writing's on the wall
Johnny-come-lately
come crawling back to me
killed his chances
It ain't broke. Don't fix it.
cop out
sticky wicket
won't work a lick
click up your heels
not until pigs fly
ready for the nut house
have no truck with
the waiting is the hardest part
cut and dried
not one red cent
when the work is done, I will have time for myself
you took the words right out of my mouth
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
survival of the fittest
rule with an iron hand
one tomato short of a good spagetti sauce
at this point in time
horse around
serenity now!
grin like a possum
well and good
from cradle to grave
to the best of my ability
widow's pension
necessity is the mother of invention
check in
procrastination is the thief of time
it was all a mistake
bought the farm.
bust loose
cover a bet
you took the words right out of my mouth
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
survival of the fittest
rule with an iron hand
one tomato short of a good spagetti sauce
at this point in time
horse around
serenity now!
grin like a possum
well and good
birds of a feather flock together
The lights are on but no one's home
snug as a bug in a rug
pillar of the community
poetry in motion
a whole new ball of wax
walk the plank
God's green earth
carry coals to newcastle
dawned on me
all-out war
up to the hilt
stuff and nonsense
road hog
comes to the same thing
bum's rush
best bib and Tucker
he can be saddled (as in controlled)
the fat man walks alone
the road to recovery

Okay so there are tons of cliches and I haven't even really gotten started. But what are your thoughts on cliches. Do you use them? Do you like them? Do you hate them? Are some of them advice and wisdom?


message 3: by Beth (new)

Beth Knight (zazaknittycat) You must know them all. LOL. I hate them too but I always seem to use them.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

I always use them too! I so would like to stop using them. Maybe it would make my mind a bit smarter.


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

I have actually heard someone use Life is like a box.... nuts really.

Thanks Richard. I have thought of a bunch more. cliches are around us all day long, like a fly trying to eat your food.


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