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25 Common Sayings


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Bite the bullet
Accepting something difficult or unpleasant
Blood is thicker than water
Family comes before everything else
Break the ice
To commence a project or initiate a friendship
Butter someone up
To flatter someone
Cat got your tongue?
Something said to someone when they are at a loss for words
Caught red-handed
To be caught doing something wrong
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater
Hang on to valuable things when getting rid of unnecessary things
Eat humble pie
Making an apology and suffering humiliation along with it
Give the cold shoulder
A rude way of telling someone he isn’t welcome
Go cold turkey
To quit something abruptly
Go the whole 9 yards
To try one’s best
Jaywalker
One who crosses the street in a reckless or illegal manner
Kick the bucket
To die
Let your hair down
To relax or be at ease
More than you can shake a stick at
Having more of something than you need
No spring chicken
Someone who is past his prime
Pleased as punch
To be very happy
Rub the wrong way
To irritate, bother, or annoy someone
Rule of thumb
A common, ubiquitous benchmark
Run amok
Go crazy
Saved by the bell
Rescued from an unwanted situation
Show your true colors
To reveal one’s true nature
Sleep tight
Sleep well
Spill the beans
To reveal a secret
Waking up on the wrong side of the bed
Waking up in a bad mood