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 S.


  • Sacred Cow

  • A Safe Pair of Hands

  • Safe Sex

  • Salad Days

  • One Sandwich short of a picnic

  • Lose Face - Save Face

  • Saved By The Bell

  • Savoir Faire

  • Say Goodnight Gracie

  • Scape Goat

  • Scarper

  • Screw Your Courage to the sticking place

  • Scuse me while I kiss this guy

  • Saved by the bell

  • Scot Free

  • Screw The Moose

  • A Sea Change

  • Sealed with a Loving Kiss

  • Seamy Side

  • Season of Mists and mellow fruitfulness

  • See A Man about a dog

  • See Red

  • Sell By The Candle

  • Sell Yourself Short

  • Send Packing

  • Senior Citizen

  • Sent to Coventry

  • Separate The Sheep from The Goats

  • Set one's cap at

  • Sex and Shopping

  • Sexton Blake

  • The Seven-Year Itch

  • The Whole Shebang

  • Shake A Leg

  • Shaggy Dog Story

  • Shall I Compare thee to a summer's day?

  • Shanks' Mare

  • Share and Share Alike

  • Shilly-Shally

  • Ship Shape

  • Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

  • Shit for Brains

  • Shiver My Timbers

  • Shoe In

  • Shoot Through

  • Short End of the stick

  • Short Shrift

  • A Shot Across The Bows

  • The Shot heard 'round the world

  • A Shot in The Arm

  • A Shot in The Dark

  • Show A Leg

  • Show Your Mettle

  • Show your true colours

  • Shuffle Off This Mortal Coil

  • Shut Your Cake-Hole

  • Sick Puppy

  • A Sight for Sore Eyes

  • Silence is Golden

  • Silly Billy

  • Silver Bullet

  • Sitting Duck

  • At Sixes and Sevens

  • Skeletons in the closet

  • Skid Row

  • By The Skin of Your Teeth

  • The Sky is the limit

  • Sleep Like A Top

  • A Sledgehammer to crack a nut

  • Sleep Tight

  • Sloane Ranger

  • Slow Poke

  • Slush Fund

  • Sly as a fox

  • Smart Alec

  • Smart Casual

  • Smoke and Mirrors

  • So Long

  • So Sue Me

  • Soap-Dodger

  • Sold Down The River

  • Some Are Born Great

  • Some Men are Born Mediocre

  • Something Old, something new, something borrowed

  • Something for The Weekend Sir?

  • Son of a gun

  • Son Of A Gun : 2

  • A Sorry Sight

  • Sound Bite

  • Sour Grapes

  • Space : The Final Frontier

  • Spaghetti on the wall

  • Spare the rod and spoil the child

  • Speak Off The Cuff

  • Speak of the Devil

  • Speak of the Devil : 2

  • Speak Softly and carry a big stick

  • Special Relationship

  • Spend A Penny

  • Spelling-Bee

  • Spick and Span

  • Spill The Beans

  • Spin A Yarn

  • Spin Doctor

  • Spitting Image

  • Spruce-Up

  • Square Meal

  • Squeaky Bum Time

  • Star-Crossed Lovers

  • Start from Scratch

  • Stark, Raving Mad

  • Stave Off

  • Stand and Deliver

  • Stand-Up Guy

  • Standing on the shoulders of giants

  • Steal A March

  • Steal One's Thunder

  • A Sticky Wicket

  • Stink to high heaven

  • Keep a Stiff Upper Lip

  • Stiffen The Sinews

  • Stone The Crows

  • Stone The Crows : 2

  • A Stone's Throw

  • Stony-Hearted

  • Stool Pigeon

  • As Straight As A Die

  • Straight and Narrow

  • Straight as an arrow

  • Straight from the horse's mouth

  • Straight from the horse's mouth : 2

  • Strain At The Leash

  • Strait and Narrow

  • Stranger Danger

  • Strike while the iron is hot

  • Stuff and Nonsense

  • Stump Someone

  • Stump Up

  • Such is Life

  • Sucking Hind Tit

  • Surf and Turf

  • Surfing

  • Survival of The Fittest

  • Suspension of Disbelief

  • Swan Song

  • Sweet Fanny Adams

  • Swing The Lead

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