Phrases, Cliches, Expressions, Sayings

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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  • Had Your Chips

  • Hair of the dog

  • The Hairy Eyeball

  • Halcyon Days

  • Go off at Half-Cock

  • Half Cocked

  • Half Inch

  • Ham Actor

  • Hand Over Fist

  • Handbags at Ten Paces

  • Win Hands Down

  • Hang by a thread

  • Hanky Panky

  • Hanky Panky : 2

  • As Happy as a clam

  • As Happy as a clam : 2

  • As Happy as a sandboy

  • As Happy as Larry

  • Happy-Clappy

  • Happy Slapping

  • Hard and Fast

  • Hard Cheese

  • A hard man is good to find

  • Hard Lines

  • Hard Up

  • Hark, hark! the lark at heaven's gate sings

  • Harp On

  • Hasta La Vista

  • Hat Trick

  • Haul someone over the coals

  • Have a Captain Cook

  • Have A Screw Loose

  • Have an axe to grind

  • I have not got a clue

  • Heath Robinson Solution

  • He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches

  • He will give the Devil his due

  • Head Over Heels

  • Heads Up

  • Hear Hear

  • Heard it through the grapevine

  • Heart's Content

  • Heavens to Betsy

  • Heavens to Murgatroyd

  • Heavy Metal

  • Heebie-Jeebies

  • Hedge Your Bets

  • Hell bent for leather

  • Hell has no fury like a woman scorned

  • Hell in a handbasket

  • Hell or high water

  • Hell's Half Acre

  • Helter-Skelter

  • Hem and Haw

  • Hep-Cat

  • Here lies one whose name was writ in water

  • Here I raise My Ebenezer

  • Here Today : Gone Tomorrow

  • Het Up

  • On a hiding to nothing

  • High and dry

  • High Five

  • High-Flyer

  • High on the hog

  • High, wide and handsome

  • High on the Hog

  • High Time

  • Hissy Fit

  • History is Bunk

  • Hit The Books

  • Hit the ground running

  • Hit The Hay

  • Hit The Nail on The Head

  • Hit The Nail on The Head : 2

  • Hit The Sack

  • Hob-Nob

  • Hobson's Choice

  • Hobson's Choice : 2

  • Hocus-Pocus

  • Hog Wash

  • Hoi Polloi

  • Hoist by your own petard

  • Hoity-Toity

  • Hold A Candle to The Devil

  • Hold A Candle : 2

  • Hold Your Feet to The Fire

  • Hold your horses

  • Holding a Wake

  • Hooray Henry

  • A Horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse

  • Horse and Cart

  • Horse Feathers

  • Horse of a different colour

  • Horse Play

  • Horse Sense

  • Straight from the horse's mouth

  • Hot off the press

  • Hot on the heels

  • A house divided against itself cannot stand

  • Houston, we have a problem

  • How are the mighty fallen

  • How Now brown cow?

  • How Sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child

  • Hugger-Mugger

  • Hung, drawn and quartered

  • Hunky Dory

  • Hunky Dory : 2

  • Hurts Like The Dickens

  • Hush Puppies

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