A Chip on Your Shoulder
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."


All Greek To Me
When something is incomprehensible due to complexity.


An Arm and a Leg
Something that is extremely expensive; an idiom meaning the price paid was costly, excessively so.
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.


Cry Wolf
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."
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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, there's a chance you will run into some that you are 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.

More popular phrases and sayings will be added to this website. If you look over to the left, you can see that we also have separate pages for animal, food, and sports related expressions with their meanings listed on there too, so give it a look if you're interested. If you're looking through our lists of idioms and can't find a specific one that you are searching for, then check back another time since more will be added soon!
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Put simply, this website is about phrases, their meanings possible origins. With so many sayings being used around the world today, it's possible that you will bump into a few that you've never heard of before. If that happens, well, Know Your Phrase has an alphabetical list of common sayings with their meanings included, so feel free to check that out. And if you go a little deeper, you just might learn a bit about a phrase's origins too.

Now, I don't have every single saying on this site. If you are searching for one in particular and can't find it, well, since more popular sayings are being added later, maybe come back another time.
The origins for certain phrases are unknown. In such cases, what I'll usually list on an idiom's page are the popular or plausible theories I've heard or read about that try to figure out the phrase's origin. Keep in mind, though, that these are simply theories/guesses, so obviously they may not be accurate.

Also, the quotes that you typically see on every saying's page are the earliest known citations of it being used in writing. These quotes usually come from old books, newspapers, poems, or plays. It's entirely possible that older recordings exist and I missed them, so if that happens, then whoops! 

One last thing. While this is likely obvious to most people, I just want to be clear here: Let's say I quote a newspaper from the year 1900 because it uses a certain phrase. This does not mean that the idiom originates from that specific newspaper, nor does it mean that it originated in exactly that year. Really, if a newspaper is using an idiom, then it's probably already known to some degree by the people of that time, which would suggest the idiom is older. Basically, the quotes you see listed for most popular sayings or expressions are there to show that they are at least that old.

Anyways, that's all. Just a reminder: More phrases and their meanings are being added, so check back another time to see new ones!

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