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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  • Called on the carpet

  • Can It

  • Can't Get a Word in edgewise

  • Can't Hold a Candle to

  • Carry The Can

  • Cat Bird Seat

  • Catch 22

  • Caught Eavesdropping

  • Caught Red-Handed

  • Caught with his pants down

  • Chaise Lounge

  • Champ at the bit

  • Chapter and Verse

  • Charity begins at home

  • Charm the pants off

  • Charmed Life

  • Cheap at half the price

  • Chew The Fat

  • Chink in the armor

  • Chip on his shoulder

  • Chock Full

  • Choke Someone Off

  • Christmas Tree

  • Clapped Out

  • Clean as a whistle

  • Clean Bill of Health

  • Clear as a bell

  • Clear The Decks

  • Climb on the bandwagon

  • Close but no cigar

  • Cock-a-Hoop

  • Cock and Bull Story

  • Cock Up

  • Cockles of your heart

  • Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey

  • Cold Turkey

  • Come a Cropper

  • Con Artist

  • Cook one's goose

  • Cook The Books

  • Cooking With Gas

  • Cool as a cucumber

  • Copper Bottomed Guarantee

  • Cotton on to someone

  • Cracker Jack

  • Credit where credit is due

  • Criss Cross

  • Crocodile Tears

  • Curate' s Egg

  • Curry Favour

  • Cut and Run

  • Cut from the same cloth

  • Cut No Ice

  • Cut out for you

  • Cut The Mustard

  • Cut to the chase

  • Cut to the quick



  • Call A Spade A Spade

  • The Call of the Wild

  • The Camera cannot lie

  • Canteen Culture

  • Carbon-Copy

  • Carbon Footprint

  • Card-Sharp

  • On Carey Street

  • Carpe Diem

  • Carry Coals to Newcastle

  • Cash on the nail

  • Put The Cart before The Horse

  • Carte Blanche

  • Never Cast a clout till May be out

  • In the Catbird Seat

  • Cat's Cradle

  • Caught by the short hairs

  • Chalk and Cheese

  • Channel Surfing

  • Charley Horse

  • Charm Offensive

  • Cherchez la Femme

  • Chew The Cud

  • Chick Flick

  • Chinless Wonder

  • Chip Off the old block

  • Chip On his shoulder

  • Chit-Chat

  • Chock-a-Block

  • Chop and Change

  • Chow Down

  • A Christmas Box

  • Christmas Card Verses

  • Clear Blue Water

  • Climb On the bandwagon

  • Clod-Hopper

  • Close Quarters

  • Close Your Eyes and Think of England

  • Cloud-Cuckoo-Land

  • On Cloud Nine

  • Don't Have a Clue

  • A Load of Cobblers

  • Cock-Sure

  • Cock a Snook

  • Cogito, Ergo Sum

  • Coin A Phrase

  • Cold As any stone

  • Cold Comfort

  • Cold Enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey

  • Cold Feet

  • Cold Shoulder

  • Cold Turkey

  • The Collywobbles

  • Colour Up

  • Come A Cropper

  • Come On Down

  • Come Up Trumps

  • Come What May

  • When It Comes to the crunch

  • Coming in on a wing and a prayer

  • Comparisons are odious

  • Compassion Fatigue

  • Cooking The Books

  • As Cool As a Cucumber

  • Cool Britannia

  • Cop An Attitude

  • Copper-Bottomed

  • Cor Blimey

  • Cordon Bleu

  • Cost an arm and a leg

  • A Countenance more in sorrow than in anger

  • Counting Sheep

  • The Course of true love never did run smooth

  • The Crack of Doom

  • The Crapper

  • Crocodile Tears

  • Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of war

  • A Curate's Egg

  • Curiosity killed the cat

  • Curry Favour

  • The Customer is always right

  • Cut and Run

  • Cut of your jib

  • Cut Off your nose to spite your face

  • Cut The Mustard

  • Cut to The Chase

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