Idiom Suggestions

Here’s my list of accumulating idioms…

Please comment and add idioms you would like to see! Please include the context you heard it in as well.

  • I don’t have a silver bullet answer for it
  • …and call it Florida
  • On the straight and narrow
  • Lil bit of saffron
  • Run him out on a rail
  • Kansas city shuffle
  • It’s like grenades and horseshoes, you just gotta get close
  • You should see the Christmas tree we built last year
  • 6 of 1, ½ a dozen of another
  • Backs against the wall
  • Can’t eat the whole elephant in one bite
  • It’s like shooting fish in a barrel
  • Need to know who’s who in the zoo
  • Beat it like a rented mule
  • Put the moose on the table
  • I’m going to fight this tooth and nail
  • It’s close enough for jazz
  • Call uncle
  • Easy Peazy lemon squeezy
  • Time to pay the piper
  • Fall off the turnip truck
  • Single Shingle
  • Bigger than a bread basket / box
  • In the sausage factory with the client
  • Another way to skin the cat is…
  • March to your fiddle / drum
  • Mother Hen
  • Tongue and cheek
  • Everything but the kitchen sink
  • It takes a village to raise a child
  • Holds no water to yours
  • don’t hold a candle to him
  • Left handed compliment
  • Rubber hits the road
  • Pass with flying colors
  • Pie in the sky
  • Get your hands dirty
  • Creature comfort
  • You can only lead a horse to water
  • Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you
  • Sleep on it
  • Fly by the seat of your pants
  • What’s that got to do with the price of tea in China?
  • The whole 9 yards
  • We’re the 800 lb. Gorilla
  • We don’t want to be ‘nervous Nellies’
  • Up the daisy chain
  • Polish the pig
  • Same ball of wax
  • House of cards

11 responses to “Idiom Suggestions

  1. Cassie

    What does it mean to ‘paint the town red’?! I’ve looked, but can never really get it!

  2. Christine P

    When shit hits the fan….as in “When shit hits the fan, we have to be prepared.” Also featured on a Mythbusters episode. Have fun! Love the site.

  3. Fabrice

    I’ve heard a new one from a US colleague: horseshoes and hand grenades
    i.e. close enough without going into the details

  4. RoBertO

    Living the life of Riley = carefree character/lifestyle

  5. Andy

    A chicken in every pot. suggestive of medium prosperity

  6. Thomas

    “Shitting in high cotton”

  7. Fabrice Atallah

    Just got this one from Sheryl Crow interview: it’s more about not being able to put the toothpaste back in the tube. Loved it!

  8. Chris Weaver

    A hot ball of wax… A semi fluid difficult and unpleasant situation to handle. Not all the variables are known and those that are, are potentially volatile. See also “Shit Show”.

  9. Doug Claggett

    All hat and no cattle: A lot of talk, with very little action. Pretentious. I used this as part of the storytelling in a Ram Truck direct mail piece a few years back to describe the competition. Was happy the clients left it in:)

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