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."
Phrases and Their Origins
Hey, guess what? I think phrases are pretty interesting. For example, here's one: have you ever heard of the saying break the ice? This is usually said when two people are meeting for the first time, because due to their unfamiliarity, there exists a somewhat chilling stiffness between them. So what does the idiom mean, then? Does it literally involve you dunking your hand in the nearest glass of water, pulling out a few blocks of ice, and then slamming them on the ground? Not at all! What this idiom actually means, is to break down that cold wall of social awkwardness, perhaps with a joke or just by saying hello, so that these two strangers become more comfortable with each other.
Make sense? Maybe not, but keep in mind that most of the phrases and idioms we use are meant to be taken figuratively, not literally. Even knowing this, it can still be difficult to determine what certain idioms are supposed to mean. Indeed, you've probably heard of a certain phrase but haven't a clue about its definition, or maybe you know of a common saying but you want to learn more about its history.
If that's the case, well that's what this website is for! Know Your Phrase has a list full of idioms and phrases, and if you dig far enough, you'll find out what they mean and where they're from! This is a simple, light-hearted website that gives you some information pertaining to where your favorite expressions originated from, and also what their meanings are! New phrases are being added every so often, so if you don't see the one you're looking for, hang tight, it'll get there.
Phrase Origin Information
While this is not the case for all phrases, keep in mind that there are times where finding the precise origins for certain phrases and idioms is impossible! So what will be provided, then, are a few of the more popular and plausible theories that are floating around for the saying.
Additonally, I will often times list quotes that contain a phrase, and these are typically taken from old books, newspapers, poems, or plays. The quotes are there to give you an idea on how far back in history these expressions go. However, remember that just because I quote a newspaper or book from the 1850s, it does not necessarily mean that the idiom originates from that source or year. In all likelihood, if an idiom is being used in a newspaper, then it's probably already a well-known expression at that time. I try my best to list the oldest known recording of an idiom.
The purpose of this site is to give you an idea on how old some of these idioms and phrases are, how some of them may have started out, and what these phrases mean! Hopefully the information found here will prove somewhat useful, and just so you know, I'll be adding new popular sayings whenever I have time. There are a whole lot of phrases out there, so why don't you browse the dictionary of phrases on this site and find the one you're looking for? If you don't see the expression you're familiar with, don't panic, I'll get to it eventually. Well, maybe. I don't know.
Find common phrases and sayings, learn their meanings, and discover their origins!
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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, 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, there's one more thing I want to mention. Currently, this website is growing at a slow pace because right now I'm trying to update the look of it so that it's easier on the eyes. After I'm done updating with the new design, I'll go back to adding more popular phrases and sayings. If you're looking for a particular expression and can't find it, then don't worry; it'll probably be added later on, so check back another time!