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.


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    This is the largest collection of Phrases beginning with T.


  • The Tail Wagging The Dog

  • Take A Back Seat

  • Take a Dive

  • Take Down a Peg or Two

  • Take a Powder

  • Take Another Tack

  • Take By Storm

  • Take Potluck

  • Take someone down a peg

  • Take The Bit between your teeth

  • Take The Day Off

  • Take the guilt off the gingerbread

  • Takes The Cake

  • Take The Cake : 2

  • Take The Mickey

  • Take Umbrage

  • Take With a Grain of Salt

  • Taken Aback

  • Talk of The Devil

  • Talk to The Hand

  • Tanstaafl

  • Technicolor Yawn

  • Teflon President

  • Tell It to the marines

  • Test Your Mettle

  • That is All Folks

  • That Is one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind

  • The Apple of My Eye

  • The Back of Beyond

  • The Balloon goes up

  • The Bee's Knees

  • The Best laid schemes of mice and men

  • The Big Apple

  • The Big Easy

  • The Bitter End

  • The Blind leading The Blind

  • The Bottom Line

  • The Bowels of The Earth

  • The Bread of Life

  • The Buck Stops Here

  • The Buck Stops Here : 2

  • The Call of The Wild

  • The Camera Cannot Lie

  • The Chickens come home to roost

  • The Cold Shoulder

  • The Collywobbles

  • The Course of True Love never did run smooth

  • The Crack of Doom

  • The Crapper

  • The Customer is always right

  • The Cut of Your Jib

  • The Darkest Hour is just before the dawn

  • The Devil Incarnate

  • The Devil takes the hindmost

  • The Devil to Pay

  • The Die has been cast

  • The Early Bird catches The Worm

  • The Elephant in The Room

  • The Exception which proves The Rule

  • Living Off The fat of the land

  • The Face that launched a thousand ships

  • The Female of the species is more deadly than the male

  • The Fifth Beatle

  • The Floozie in The Jacuzzi

  • The Fly in The Ointment

  • The Full Monty

  • The Game is Up

  • The Great Unwashed

  • The Hairy Eyeball

  • The Heebie-Jeebies

  • The Last Straw

  • The Living Daylights

  • Gild The Lily

  • The Love that dare not speak its name

  • The Moving Finger Writes

  • The Mutt's Nuts

  • The Nth Degree

  • The Pen is mightier than the sword

  • The Pen is mightier than the sword : 1

  • The Powers That Be

  • The Pot calling the kettle black

  • The Proof is in the pudding

  • The Proof of The Pudding : 2

  • The Road less travelled

  • The Seven-Year Itch

  • The Shot Heard 'round the world

  • The Smoking Lamp is Out

  • The Sky is The Limit

  • The Third Degree

  • The Triumph of hope over experience

  • The Usual Suspects

  • The Whole Kit and Caboodle

  • The Whole Nine Yards

  • The Whole Nine Yards : 2

  • The Whole Shebang

  • The World is Your Oyster

  • The Writing is on the wall

  • The Writing is on the wall : 2

  • The Year Dot

  • The Yellow Peril

  • There's An R in the month

  • There are three kinds of lies.

  • There is no Alternative

  • There is no such thing as a free lunch

  • Thick and Thin

  • A Thing of Beauty is a joy forever

  • Things that go bump in the night

  • Put on Your Thinking Cap

  • Third Time Lucky

  • A Thorn in The Flesh

  • Thou Shalt Not Kill

  • Though this be madness, yet there is method in it

  • Three Score and Ten

  • Three Sheets to the wind

  • Three Squares

  • Three Strikes and you are out

  • Through Thick and Thin

  • Throw a monkey wrench into the works

  • Throw Someone to the wolves

  • Throw your hat into the ring

  • Thumbs Up

  • Ticked Off

  • Tickle The Ivories

  • Tickled Pink

  • Tie The Knot

  • Tied to her apron strings

  • Till the cows come home

  • Tilting at Windmills

  • Time and Tide wait for no man

  • A Tinker's Damn

  • Tit for Tat

  • Tits-Up

  • To a T

  • To Badger someon

  • To Be or not to be

  • To Be beside yourself

  • To Be fed up

  • To Boldly Go where no man has gone before

  • To Boot

  • To Bring Home The Bacon

  • To Cast the first stone

  • To Chance your arm

  • To Close Ranks

  • To Egg On

  • To Fall Foul

  • To Feather One's Nest

  • To Fork Out

  • To Get Fired

  • To Go Haywire

  • To Go the whole hog

  • To Harp On

  • To Have A Field Day

  • To Have A Gammy Leg

  • To Have Cold Feet

  • To Hedge One's Bets

  • To Hell in a hand basket

  • To Knock (or beat) the tar out of

  • To Know Beans

  • To Lark About

  • To Play Hookey

  • To Run Amok

  • To Save one's bacon

  • To Shoot The Crow

  • To Skin A Cat

  • To Sleep

  • To Take Aback

  • To Talk Gibberish

  • To The Bitter End

  • To The Manner Born

  • To Travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive

  • To Undermine

  • To Wreak Havock

  • Toe-Curling

  • Toe The Line

  • Tomorrow is another day

  • Tongue in Cheek

  • Toodle-oo

  • Too Much of a good thing

  • Top Dog

  • Top Drawer

  • Top Notch

  • Topsy Turvy

  • Touch and Go

  • Would Not Touch with a barge-pole

  • Touchy-Feely

  • Tout De Suite

  • Tower of Strength

  • Train Surfing

  • Trench Mouth

  • Trick or Treat

  • Trip The Light Fantastic

  • True Blue

  • Truth Will Out

  • Tuckered Out

  • Turkey Shoot

  • Turn The Tables

  • Turn Up Trumps

  • Turn A Blind Eye

  • Twelve Good Men and True

  • Twenty Four Seven

  • Twenty Three Skidoo

  • Two Cents' Worth

  • As alike as Two Peas in a pod

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