Phrases

Our database is made from Phrases, Idioms and Sayings that are in common use in English. Basically that includes anything that most people will have heard before and will recognise the meaning of.

  • The many thousands of phrases that are used every day in colloquial speech, like the whole nine yards, go for it and kiss and make up.


  • Cockney Rhyming Slang like apples and pears and currant bun.


  • The list is long and comprehensive and currently contains more than 1,000 entries. We continuously add new phrases as they become known and as a subscriber you will also have the option of sending them to us.

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    This is the largest collection of Phrases beginning with ~B~.


  • Baby Blues

  • Baby Boomer

  • Baby Father

  • The Back of Beyond

  • Back-Seat Driver

  • Back The Field

  • Back to Basics

  • Back to the Drawing Board

  • Back to Square One

  • Backroom Boy

  • In Someone's Bad Books

  • A Bad Egg

  • Bad Hair Day

  • Badgered to death

  • Bag and Baggage

  • The Balance of Power

  • The Balance of Trade

  • Ball and Chain

  • Bandy Words With

  • Bang on about

  • Baptism of Fire

  • Back Handed Compliment

  • Bag Lady

  • Baker's Dozen

  • Balls To The Wall

  • Bandy Words

  • Barefaced Liar

  • Barge In

  • Wouldn't touch with a Barge-Pole

  • Barking Mad

  • Basket Case

  • Barking up the wrong tree

  • Bated Breath

  • Bats in the Belfry

  • Batten down the hatches

  • Battle Royal

  • Be Afraid, be very afraid

  • Be Still, My Beating Heart

  • Beef and Reef

  • Make A Bee-line for

  • On Your Beam Ends

  • Beast with two backs

  • Beat about the bush

  • Beat Swords into Ploughshares

  • Beat a hasty retreat

  • Beat The Living Daylights out of someone

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

  • Beauty is only skin deep

  • A Bed of Roses

  • A Bee in Your Bonnet

  • Beelzebub has a devil for a sideboard

  • Been There, Done That

  • Life's not all Beer and Skittles

  • The Bee's Knees

  • Beetle-Browed

  • Before you could say Jack Robinson

  • Beg The Question

  • Behind every great man there's a great woman

  • Behind the eight ball

  • Bell, Book and Candle

  • Below The Belt

  • Below The Salt

  • Belt and Braces

  • Belt Up

  • A Wide Berth

  • Best Bib and Tucker

  • The Best laid schemes of mice and men

  • The Bet your bottom dollar

  • My Better Half

  • Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

  • Between a rock and a hard place

  • Between The Devil and the deep blue sea

  • Between Two Stools

  • Between You, me and the bed-post

  • Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

  • Beyond Our Ken

  • The Big Apple

  • The Big Cheese

  • Big Fish in A Small Pond

  • The Big Easy

  • Bill Stickers is innocent

  • Like Billy-O

  • Billy No-Mates

  • Binge Drinking

  • Birds of a feather flock together

  • Bite The Dust

  • The Bitter End

  • As black as a Newgate's knocker

  • Black-On-Black

  • Blast from the past

  • Blaze A Trail

  • The Blind leading The Blind

  • Bling-Bling

  • Blonde Bombshell

  • Blood and Thunder

  • Blood is thicker than water

  • Bloody-Minded

  • A Blot on the landscape

  • Blow a raspberry (or) Raspberry Tart

  • Blow Your Mind

  • Blow Your Own Trumpet

  • Blue Blood

  • Blue-Plate Special

  • Bodice Ripper

  • Body Surfing

  • Bog Standard

  • A Bolt from the Blue

  • Bone Dry

  • Bone Idle

  • Bone Up On

  • Booby Prize

  • Booby Trap

  • Boogie-Woogie

  • Booze Cruise

  • Born Again

  • Born with a silver spoon in one's mouth

  • Born within the sound of Bow Bells

  • Boss-Eyed

  • Bottom Drawer

  • Bottom-Up

  • Bowl A Maiden Over

  • In the Box-Seat

  • Boxing Day

  • Get down to brass tacks

  • The Bread of Life

  • Break A Leg

  • Break The Ice

  • Bricks and Clicks

  • Broad in the Beam

  • As Brown As A Berry

  • Brownie Points

  • Brummagem Screwdriver

  • Bubble and Squeak

  • The Buck Stops Here

  • Buckle Down

  • Bums on Seats

  • A Bun in the Oven

  • A Bunch of Fives

  • Bunny Boiler

  • Burn the Candle at both ends

  • Burning The Midnight Oil

  • Bury The Hatchet

  • As Busy As a Bee

  • Bury Your Head in The Sand

  • Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth

  • By and Large

  • By Hook or By Crook

  • By Gum

  • Go By The Board

  • By The Book

  • By the short hairs

  • By The Skin of Your Teeth

  • Barking Up The Wrong Tree

  • Baron of Beef

  • Bat An Eyelid

  • Battling Windmills

  • Bean Feast

  • Bear Garden

  • Beat Around The Bush

  • Beat Him By A Long Chalk

  • Beat The Rap

  • Beef About Something

  • Beggars can not be choosers

  • Best Bib And Tucker

  • Bet Your Bottom Dollar

  • Between A Rock And A Hard Place

  • Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

  • Beyond The Pale

  • Big Cheese

  • Big Wig

  • Birds of A Feather Flock Together

  • Bite The Bullet.

  • Bite Your Tongue.

  • Black Ball Someone.

  • Black Sheep of The Family

  • Bleed Like A Stuck Pig

  • Blow Off Some Steam

  • Blow The Gaff

  • Blowing Smoke

  • Blue Moon

  • Bob is Your Uncle

  • Bone Up

  • Boot Camp

  • Bootleg Liquor

  • Boot is On The Other Foot

  • Born With A Silver Spoon in Your Mouth

  • Botch A Job

  • Bottom of The Barrel

  • Bought The Farm

  • Box and Cox

  • Box Your Ears

  • Brand Spanking New

  • Break A Leg

  • Brown Nosing

  • Brownie Points

  • Burn The Candle At Both Ends

  • Bury The Hatchet

  • Bust Your Balls

  • Busting Your Chops

  • Butt of A Joke

  • Buy A Pig in A Poke

  • By George

  • By Hook or By Crook

  • By The Short Hairs