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10-Apr-06, 09:15
Trying to collect as many of as these as we can;do you Know any?
There are many we use every day which are easy to spot;as like two peas in a pod.pull your socks up and pull yourself together.
Its the more unused ones that we.re having problems with.
As Black as the Earl of Haig,s Waistcoat.
Meeting yourself in the middle
Go on rack your brains for us please.:Razz

10-Apr-06, 09:28
A fool and his money are soon parted
Above Board
All Fingers and Thumbs
Always a bridesmaid never a bride
Rake over old coals
Red letter day
Hanged for a sheep as a lamb
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

I have loads

10-Apr-06, 09:32
Black as Newgates's knocker

10-Apr-06, 09:33
Keep going the more we have then the easier its going to be to ask everyone to use it as a dictionary.:Razz

10-Apr-06, 09:40
Wolf in Sheeps clothing
Vicar of Bray
There are many way to skin a cat
Those who live by the sword die by the sword
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water
Juggling Frogs
Jockey for position

10-Apr-06, 09:50
Adams ale
all above board
full of beans
beauty sleep
in black and white
know which side your breads buttered
not worth a candle
cap in hand
she's no chicken
haul over the coals
the sword of Damocles
feather in ones cap

moose and Lindsay
10-Apr-06, 10:31
Out of the frying pan into the fire

beauty is in the eye of the be-holder


10-Apr-06, 10:36
If at first you don't succeed, use the boot and then the heid. ;)

10-Apr-06, 10:51
You nick that one fae Glasgae....Dw.
Fancy a square go?[lol]

10-Apr-06, 10:57
its a long road with no turns in it

grabbing the penny before the pound

whats in the cats, in the kitten

10-Apr-06, 11:28
dont beat about the bush
to many cooks spoil the broth

10-Apr-06, 11:34
It Tak's a lang spoon tae sup wi' a fifer
mony a mickle mak's a muckle
kick the bucket
shuffle of this mortal coil
better the devil you know
sent to coventry
no spring chicken
hard as nails
bold as brass
cool as a cucumber
so laid back you're horizontal
back to the drawing board
black as the sloe
too many cooks spoil the broth

10-Apr-06, 11:51
You nick that one fae Glasgae....Dw.
Fancy a square go?[lol]
I did spend a few years in that fair city in the late 60s early 70s.

10-Apr-06, 13:52
New brooms sweep clean.

Out on a limb.

See how the land lies.

Kick over the traces.

The sword of Damocles.

Burning the candle at both ends.

No spring chicken. (that's me!):(

Many's a good tune is played on an old fiddle. (I had to follow with that!):lol:

Cloud cuckoo land.

The hair of the dog.

Act of God.


10-Apr-06, 13:55
Sorry, I seem to have duplicated some of your previous entries.

10-Apr-06, 14:13
break a leg by the skin of one"s teeth as easy as pie easy does it go with the flow jump the gun .

10-Apr-06, 14:27
mutton dressed as lamb
in for a penny, in for a pound
six and two threes
pyrrhic victory (the victor has to try so hard to win it isn't worth winning)
against the grain
absence makes the heart grow fonder
piece of cake
kiss of death
give your eye teeth
talk the hind legs of a donkey

and my all time favourite
face like a burst duf

10-Apr-06, 15:05
back seat driver
blind leading the blind
bakers dozen
a leopard cant change its spots
you are what you eat
under the weather

10-Apr-06, 15:50
(hangin about) like a knotless thread
(hangin about) like one o'clock half struck

10-Apr-06, 16:18
There was one my Dad used a lot - 'stripe me pink'. Never did understand it.

10-Apr-06, 17:06
these are good,thanks a lot :Razz

10-Apr-06, 17:18
monkeys wages monkeys work
buy cheap pay dear
everthing comes in threes

10-Apr-06, 17:47
A moment on the lips - a lifetime on the hips! :(

10-Apr-06, 20:42
Better the devil you know than the devil you dont

10-Apr-06, 21:23
Loose lips sink ships.

Niall Fernie
11-Apr-06, 10:43
Rough as a cat's back.

.. got a heid like forty cats.

The cat's pyjamas.

Look what the cat dragged in.

Fat Cat.

When the cat's away, the mice will play.

Cat got your tongue.

Let the cat out of the bag.

Raining cats (and dogs)

Cool for cats.


11-Apr-06, 11:12
Dead boring
Dead ringer
as dead as a dodo
dead to the world
drop the dead donkey
flogging a dead horse
stone dead
dead duck
dead heat
dead man walking
dead to the world
dead in the water
dead men's shoes

My apologies to all the dodo lovers, donkey lovers, horse lovers, and duck lovers; oh and to any men who may read this.

No animals were harmed in the compilation of this list. [lol]

11-Apr-06, 12:31
tried to pick up on themes for dogs but didnt get as many as Nial's cats.
Its a dogs life
Every dog has its day.
As rough as a dog.
Anyone got anymore..:Razz

11-Apr-06, 12:37
Let sleeping dogs lie

11-Apr-06, 17:23
Cuddlepop, as you posted the original question here....is it important for you to have idioms as such.....because a lot of the ones posted are not idioms. Doesn't matter if it just for interest but if it was for a school or college project, it might be more important.
The ones that say something is like something else....e.g. "as black as soot" are similes. Lots of similes go "as....as....." or "like...."
Some of the others are proverbs.....and a couple are Bible verses.
A metaphor is when you say one thing is another. e.g. "Jane is a cow!" (Hope no-one on here is called Jane.....if so...it isn't you!!! :lol: )
To show the difference between simile and metaphor:
John eats like a pig. SIMILE
John is a pig. METAPHOR.
IDIOMS are the things we say in one language that we can't really translate meaningfully into another language. Things like "don't beat about the bush". In German that would be "don't speak through the flowers". Same meaning - different idiom! Another is "raining cats and dogs".....in Welsh it "rains little old ladies with sticks". "April Fool" is "Poisson d'avril" (April Fish) in French.
Hope this helps!
As I said, it doesn't matter if it just for interest rather than school work.
Hope this helps.
And having explained all that....I have to confess that I just edited this post as I had made a blooper in it this afternoon and just realised it when I was making tea just now. Senior moment. It's correct now, though! :)

12-Apr-06, 13:34
Don't keep all you eggs in one basket

12-Apr-06, 14:03
don't count you chickens before they hatch

12-Apr-06, 14:26
Shalom i will go through them all and compile a list ot idioms for our purpose.Autistic kids think you mean for them to go down and pull their socks up.They dont no it means try harder.The most confusing one so far has been pull yourself together,not if that wasn't so tragic to watch it would have been funny.
Many thanks to everyone.

12-Apr-06, 17:59
Don't teach/tell your granny how to sook eggs!

14-Apr-06, 01:27
Well I'll be blowed.
It's a thankless task.
don't cross your bridges before you come to them.
Gordon bennett.
Where there's a will there's a way.
fortune favours the brave.
a pig in a poke.
All the tea in China and all the money in the bank of England[love more than]

14-Apr-06, 14:09
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush http://forum.caithness.org/images/icons/icon7.gif

ice box
14-Apr-06, 14:21
is it better the man that knows you ?

14-Apr-06, 14:37
Daft as a brush...:roll:

15-Apr-06, 00:56
U can lead a horse to water but a pencil must be led