Being angry about something that happened in the past; a grudge.
A Dime a Dozen
When something is extremely common and simple to acquire.
A Fool and His Money Are Soon Parted
Someone acting foolish can easily lose his or her money through carelessness or trickery.
A Piece of Cake
A task that is simple to complete; similar to the common phrase "as easy as pie."
An Arm and a Leg
Something that is extremely expensive; an idiom meaning the price paid was costly, excessively so.
All Greek To Me
When something is incomprehensible due to complexity.
Back to Square One
To go back to the beginning; a popular saying that suggests a person has to start over.
Back To the Drawing Board
Similar to the phrase above, it means starting over again from a previously failed attempt.
Barking Up The Wrong Tree
To make a wrong assumption about something.
Beating Around the Bush
Avoiding the main point; a common phrase meaning a person is failing to get to the bottom line.
Beating a Dead Horse
Something that is seen as futile; a popular saying used to describe how bringing up older issues that have already been resolved is pointless.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Being faced with two difficult choices; a dilemma.
Break The Ice
Breaking down a social stiffness or awkardness.
Burst Your Bubble
To ruin someone's happy moment or mood, usually by telling them disappointing news or information.
Close But No Cigar
Coming close to a successful outcome only to fall short at the end.
Cry Over Spilt Milk
One shouldn't worry over things that have already happenend and that cannot be changed.
Lying; a common phrase meaning someone is calling for help when it's not really needed.
Cup Of Joe
A cup of joe is an American nickname for a cup of coffee.
Curiosity Killed The Cat
An idiom meaning mind your own business, as too much poking and prodding could lead to harm.
Cut The Mustard
Meeting expectations; used as a way to describe how someoneone has met the required standards that were set.
Cut To The Chase
To get to the point, leaving out all of the unnecessary details. Similar to popular sayings such as "beating around the bush."
There are many idioms and phrases commonly used around the world today, and with that being the case, it's possible that you will speak to someone who uses an expression that you're completely unfamiliar with. You may, then, wonder about the meaning of that expression. Well, this website can help! Know Your Phrase has an alphabetical list of common sayings along with the meanings for these sayings. So then, if you're presented with an idiom that you don't know the definition for, or perhaps you've never even heard of the idiom before, you can simply look it up if you're interested. Of course, that's assuming the idiom is already listed on this site; if you don't see the one you're looking for, well then check back at another time. It may be added... eventually.
While this is not the case for all phrases, there are plenty of phrases and idioms where the precise origins are not known. In such cases, what I'll usually list on a phrase's page are the theories I've heard or read about that try to figure out where an expression may have come from. Keep in mind, though, that these are simply theories, so they may not be accurate.
Additionally, the quotes that I list which contain the phrase, these oftentimes come from old books, newspapers, poems, or plays. I try to find the oldest recordings of the phrase that I can, or around the oldest, but of course, there's the possibility that I might have overlooked an older recording.
Moreover, if I quote a newspaper from, let's say, 1890, because it uses a certain phrase; that doesn't necessarily mean that the idiom originates from this specific newspaper, nor does it mean that the expression originated in exactly that year. Really, if a newspaper is using an idiom, then the idiom is probably known to some degree already by the people of that time. Basically, the quotes I list for most sayings or expressions are there to show that they are at least that old.
Anyways, just wanted to be clear on this. So, uh... yeah.
Find common phrases and sayings, learn their meanings, and discover their origins!
How many phrases and sayings can you think of? The total number of phrases used around the world is quite staggering, yet you might only be able to name a few. There are even times where a person will utter them during conversations without fully realizing it, or at least, that seems to be the case for me.
Phrases are rather interesting and they add flavor to our language, but with so many of them existing today, eventually you will run into some that you're not familiar with. Then you're left to ask: "What does that even mean?" Well, that's what Know Your Phrase is for! This is a simple website that has the meanings for many idioms and phrases, as well as some information about where your favorite expressions may have originated from. So... enjoy!
Wait, hold on, there's one more thing I want to mention. Currently, more popular phrases and sayings are being added to this website, but it's being done at a very slow pace as of now. So if you're looking for a particular expression and can't find it, well, it may be added later on, so check back another time!