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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    This is the largest collection of Phrases beginning with L.



  • La-di-da

  • La dolce vita

  • A Labour of Love

  • Lager Frenzy

  • Laid out in lavender

  • Lamb to the slaughter

  • Lame Duck : 1

  • Lame Duck

  • Lardy-Dardy

  • Lark About

  • Last but not least

  • The last straw

  • Laugh like a drain

  • Laughing-Stock

  • Lay An Egg

  • Lay it on with a trowel

  • Lay it out in lavender

  • Lead-pipe cinch

  • Learn the ropes

  • The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing

  • Left in the lurch

  • A Legend in one's own lifetime

  • A leopard cannot change its spots

  • Less is More

  • Let a thousand flowers bloom

  • Let not the sun go down on your wrath

  • Let The Cat out of The Bag

  • Let The Cat out of The Bag : 2

  • Let Them Eat Cake

  • Let Them Eat Cake : 2

  • Let there be light

  • Let Your Hair Down

  • Let Your Hair Down : 2

  • Level playing field

  • A lick and a promise

  • Lick into shape

  • Lickety-Split

  • Lie Low

  • Life in the 1500s - folk etymologies

  • Life of Riley

  • Life is not all beer and skittles

  • Life is too short

  • Like a chicken with its head cut off

  • Go over like a Lead Balloon

  • Like a moth to a flame

  • As alike as two peas in a pod

  • Like being savaged by a dead sheep

  • Like billy-o

  • Go Like the clappers

  • Like The Dickens

  • Lily Bellied

  • Lily-Livered

  • Lions led by donkeys

  • A little bird told me

  • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

  • Live long and prosper

  • The living daylights

  • Living Hand to Mouth

  • Living off the fat of the land

  • Living on borrowed time

  • Living The Life of Riley

  • Lo and Behold

  • Lo and Behold : 2

  • Load of Cobblers

  • Load of Cobblers : 2

  • Load of Codswallop

  • Load of Codswallop : 2

  • Loaded for Bear

  • Loaf of bread

  • Local Derby

  • Lock and Load

  • Lock, Stock and Barrel

  • Lock, Stock and Barrel : 2

  • Long in The Tooth

  • Long in The Tooth : 2

  • Look a gift horse in the mouth

  • Loose Cannon

  • Loose Cannon : 2

  • Loose Lips sink ships

  • Loose Lips sink ships : 2

  • Lord Willing and the creek don't rise

  • Lose face-Save face

  • Lose your marbles

  • The love that dare not speak its name

  • Loved-Up

  • Low Man on the totem pole

  • Lucky Stiff

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