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It is what it is.

It is when one holds the sacrificial lamb that he begins to seek the gods.

It is with some violence to the imagination that we conceive of an actor belonging to tho relations of private life, so closely do we identify these persons in our mind with the characters which they assume upon the stage.

It is worth remembering that output per man in this country has increased on the average about two per cent a year during this century. Mere continuation of this trend will mean a future full of better things for more people. But it is my own feeling that the tremendous gains which have been achieved by machine techniques may be substantially matched when we learn to make better use of ourselves as people.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

It is written all over someone's face.
widespread idiom
en] (something is) very evident and can be easily detected when looking at someone's face.

It is written in/on someone's forehead.
widespread idiom
en] (something is) very evident and can be easily detected when looking at someone's face.

It isn't the whistle that pulls the train.

It may smell like a melon, but is it going to make you sick?

It may take a lot of time to fabricate a lie but the truth only takes seconds to elevate.

It never rains but it pours.

It never rains but that it pours.

It pays to advertise.

It rained on the mountaintop, but it was the valley below that got flooded.

It requires a lot of carefulness to kill a fly that touches on the scrotum.

It rings a bell.
en] It's familiar to you, but you can't remember where you heard it.

It 's a poor family which hath neither a whore nor a thief in it.

It s the discontented fish that envies the solely bird.

It takes a breast for a child to know it's mother and it takes a mother for a child to know its father.

It takes a heap o' livin' to make a house a home.

It takes a heap of licks to drive (o. strike) a nail in the dark.

It takes a heap of living to make a house a home.

It takes a lot of living to make a house a home.

It takes a season for a snake to change into its new skin.

It takes a thief to catch a thief.

It takes a village to raise a child.

It takes a whole village to raise a child.

It takes all kinds to make a world.

It takes all kinds to make the world go round.

It takes all kinds.

It takes all sorts to make a world.

It takes all sorts to make the world go round.

It takes all sorts.

It takes one to know one.

It takes two to make a quarrel.

It takes two to quarrel.

It takes two to tango.

It took Nixon to go to China.

It were more proper to say a Beetle in a cowturd.

It will be fool's hardy for the ant to chase an elephant.

It Won't Fly.

Itch an ease can no man please.

Itchy Feet.

It's a bad cause that none dare speak in.

It's a bad child who does not take advice.

It's a bad sack will abide no clouting.

It's a cracked pitcher that goes longest to the well.

It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so.
Georges Bernanos (1888 - 1948)

It's a foolish sheep that makes the wolf his confessor.

It's a friend who gives you advice.

It's a good horse that never stumbles.

It's a long lane that has no turning.

It's a long road that has no turning.

It's a man's world.

It's a piece of cake.

It's a poor sport that is not worth the candle.

It's a rank courtesie when a man is forc't to give thanks for his own.

It's a small world.

It's a small world.
widespread idiom
en] said when someone is surprised because they have met someone they know when it was very unlikely, or when they find out that someone is connected to them in an unexpected way.

It's a Wash.

It's a wicked thing to make a dearth on's garner.

It's About Time.

It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

It's all gone Pete Tong.

It's All Greek to Me.

It's all grist to the mill.

It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn.

It's always hard to convince a hungry person.

It's an ill air where nothing is to be gain'd.

It's an ill battel where the Devil carries the colours.

It's an ill bird that fouls its own nest.

It's an ill procession where the Devil holds the candle.

It's an ill wind that blows no good.

It's an ill wind that blows no one any good.

It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

It's an ill wind.

Its Anyone's Call.

It's best to be on the safe side.

It's better fast than later.

It's better not to rise at all than to rise and fall.

It's better to ask forgiveness than permission.

It's better to ask than to steal.

It's better to be punished for telling the truth than to be rewarded for saying lies.

It's better to be safe than sorry.

It's better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak up and remove all doubt.

It's better to be stung by a nettle, then prick't by a rose.

It's better to break than to bend.

It's better to eat a mushroom in freedom than to eat meat in slavery.

It's better to eat pepper and be happy than to eat honey and be sad.

It's better to fall from a tree and a break your back than to fall in love and break your heart.

It's better to flee danger and be laughed at than to face danger and be mourned.

It's better to give than to receive.

It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

It's better to know yourself that someone to tell you who you're.

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

It's better to live with a dumb person than a liar.

Its better to stumble with your feet than to stumble with your mouth.

It's better to travel hopefully than to arrive.

It's cheaper to keep her.

It's easie to bowl down hill.

It's easie to rob an Orchard, when none keeps it.

It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

It's easy to be wise after the event.

It's evil to give meat to those who do not eat meat.

It's good to have company in trouble.

It's he squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

It's high time.

It's high time.
en] When something should have been done already but hasn't been done yet.

It's ill healing an old sore.

It's lonely at the top.

It's more painful to do nothing then something.

It's much easier to fall in love than to stay in love.

It's never too late to mend.

It's never too late.

It's No Skin off My (Your) Nose (Back).

It's no use crying over spilt milk.

It's no use locking the stable door after the horse has bolted.

It's Not All It's Cracked Up to Be.

It's Not Brain Surgery.

It's not how long but how well we live.

It's Not Over Till the Fat Lady Sings.

It's Not Rocket Science.

It's not the aroma of the soup that tells you whether it's sweet or not, but it's the tongue's taste.

It's not the gay coat makes the Gentleman.

It's not the meat, it's the motion.

It's not the monkey on top that make a tree fall but it's the work and effort of numerous small insects and ants.

It's not the whistle that pulls the train.

It's not what you know but who you know.

It's only a dead man who has everybody on his side.

It's only the ant that hears the whispers of the sand.

It's only when you aim at one spot that your urine foams.

It's out of ignorance that a goat will attend a leopard's party.

It's possible for a ram to kill a butcher.

It's raining cats and dogs.

It's that man again.

It's the big birds that teach the young ones to flight.

It's the early bird that catches the worm.

It's the early bird that gets the worm.

It's the empty can that makes the most noise.

It's the hit dog that howls.

It's the orator's wit to make a story appear old.

It's the same donkey, but with a new saddle.

It's the singer not the song.

It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

It's the thought that counts.

It's the tortoise's shell, ugly and hard that protects its life long journey on earth.

It's the young trees that make up the forest.

It's those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies after seasons.

It's too late to fatten a cow on the market day.

It's unworthy to dig a new pit to fill up an old one.

It's useless to tell a river to stop running; the best thing is to learn how to swim in the direction it's flowing.

Its versus It's.
en] Confusing Words

It's wise to do what you're born to do.

It's wit to pick a lock and steal a horse, but wisdom to let them alone.

It's written all over (someone') face.

It's written all over (someone') face.
en] When someone's facial expressions show their true feelings.

I've Had It Up to Here.

I've no wish to enclose my house with walls. But no foreign culture should estrange me from my maternal soil.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Ivory tower.

Ivy league.

Jack - phrases that include the name Jack.

Jack in the box.

Jack of all trades and master of None.

Jack of all trades, master of none.

Jack of All Trades.

Jack Palancing.

Jack tar.

Jack the Lad.

Jail versus Gaol.
en] Confusing Words

Jam jar.

Jam Session.

Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday, but never jam today.

Jam tomorrow.

Jaws of Death.

Jaws of Life.

Jaybird don't rob his own nest.

en] To cross the street where or when it is not allowed.

Jealousy versus Envy.
en] Confusing Words

Jelly belly.

Jerry built.

Jest not with the eye nor with religion.


Jewelry versus Jewellery.
en] Confusing Words

Jibber jabber.
en] Nonsense or foolish talk. Fast talk that is hard to understand.

Jibe versus Jive.
en] Confusing Words

Jim Crow.

Jimmy Horner.

Jimmy Riddle.

Joan is as good as my lady in the dark.

Jobs for the boys.

Jog somebody's memory.
en] Make somebody remember something.

Johnny on the Spot.

Join the Club (excl.).

Join the colours.

Joined at the Hip.

Joshing me.
en] To trick someone.

Jot or tittle.

Journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

Jove fix'd it certain that whatever day
Makes man a slave, takes half his worth away.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book XVII, Line 302

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.

Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but rather by the number of people who smile at you.

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

Judge not, that you be not judged.

Judgment versus Judgement.
en] Confusing Words

Jump in with Both Feet.

Jump on the bandwagon.

Jump on the bandwagon.
en] Do what most other people are doing.

Jump the gun.

Jump the gun.
en] Do something too soon.

Jump the shark.

Jump the Track.

Jump Through Hoops.

Jury is still out.

Jury-rigged versus Jerry-rigged.
en] Confusing Words

Just about.
en] Nearly.

Just Around the Corner.

Just because you are poor does not mean you have to sleep with your mother.

Just deserts.

Just for the Record.

Just in proportion as a man beeomes good, divine, Christlike, he passes out of the region of theorizing, of system-building, and hireling service, into the region of beneficent activities. It is well to think well. It is divine to act well.
Horace Mann

Just in time.

Just my luck!
en] When something bad happens to you, you say this to imply that bad things often happen to you, and thus your luck is bad luck.

Just what the doctor ordered.
en] What you need.

Just where the swirling rapids flash,
He took me with a sudden dart,
Then came a pull, a sounding splash,
A whirring reel, a furious dash,
Then over boulders, leap and crash -
Who christened this the "gentle art"?
Alfred Cochrane, Fresh Run

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Justice is blind.

Kangaroo Court.

Katy bar the door.

Keel over.

Keen as mustard.

Keep (Something) at Bay.

Keep a lid on something.
en] Keep something secret.

Keep a Stiff Upper Lip.

Keep a wide berth.

Keep An Eye On Him.

Keep an eye on.
en] Closely monitor.

Keep an Eye Peeled.

Keep at bay.

Keep body and soul together.

Keep counsel thy self first.

Keep good men company, and you shall be of the number.

Keep it down.
en] Be quiet.

Keep It Under Your Hat.

Keep on Truckin'.

Keep on.
en] Continue.

Keep schtum.

Keep silent when wisdom so directs; talk but little, and prefer to listen and learn.

Keep somebody in the dark.
en] Not tell somebody what's happening.

Keep Someone at Arm's Length.

Keep something at bay.
en] Keep a threat from coming too near.

Keep the Ball Rolling.

Keep track.
en] Monitor the time.

Keep under wraps.

Keep up with the Joneses.

Keep your chin up.

Keep your chin up.
en] To stay positive during difficult circumstances.

Keep your distance.

Keep Your Ear to the Ground.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Keep your friends close but remember to keep your enemies closer.

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

Keep your hands clean.

Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open.

Keep Your Nose Clean.

Keep your nose to the grindstone.

Keep your nose to the grindstone.
en] Work hard or focus heavily on work.

Keep your pecker up.

Keep Your Powder Dry.

Keep Your Shirt On.

Keeping One's Nose to the Grindstone.

Keeping up with the Joneses.


Kettle of fish.

Khyber pass.


Kick around.
en] Treat badly.

Kick Ass, Kick Butt.

Kick back.
en] Relax.

Kick the bucket.

Kick the bucket.
en] Die.

Kick the Can Down the Road.

Kick your heels.

Kicked the bucket.
en] To die.

Kickoff versus Kick Off.
en] Confusing Words

Kid around.
en] Engage in playful joking or teasing.

Kids will be kids.

Kill a Fly With an Elephant Gun.

Kill the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg.

Kill time.
en] To keep yourself busy with something while you are waiting.

Kill two birds with one stone.

Kill your darlings.

Kilroy was here.

Kindness is a language, which the blind can see and the deaf can hear.

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.

Kindness, like grain, increase by sowing.

King James' Version of the Bible.

King of the Hill.

Kings beget kings.

Kink in One's Neck.

Kinship is like tough gourds when they knock each other they never break.

Kiss and Make Up.

Kiss and Tell.

Kiss me Hardy.

Kith and Kin.


Knee jerk reaction.

Knee-high to a grasshopper.

Knee-Jerk Reaction.



Knight in shining armour.

Knight versus Night.
en] Confusing Words

Knitted versus Knit.
en] Confusing Words

Knock back.

Knock into a cocked hat.

Knock it off.
en] Stop it.

Knock off.

Knock on wood.

Knock on wood.
en] This is said to avoid bad luck.

Knock on Wood; Touch Wood.

Knock Some Sense Into.

Knock Someone's Socks Off.

Knock Up.

Knock Your Socks Off.

Knocked it out of the park.
en] To do a great job.


Know (Something) Like the Back of One's Hand.

Know something by heart.
en] Memorize something.

Know something like the back of your hand.
en] Be very familiar with something.

Know the ins and outs.
en] Know all aspects of something.

Know the ropes.

Know the ropes.
en] To know how something works or is done.

Know thyself.

Know which side your bread is buttered.

Know which way the wind blows.

Know which way the wind is blowing.

Know your onions.

Know your stuff.
en] Know something well.

Knowing is half the battle.

Knowledge is better than wealth, you have to look after wealth, but knowledge looks after you.

Knowledge is like a garden, if you don't cultivate it you cannot harvest it.

Knowledge is not the main thing, but deeds.

Knowledge is power.

Knowledge is the goal of mankind, and the only lasting and true happy source of existence.

Knowledge without wisdom is like water without sand.

Knuckle Down.

Knuckle under vs knuckle down.

Knuckle under.

Kowtow to.

La dolce vita.

Labeled versus Labelled.
en] Confusing Words

Labor of Love.

Labor versus Labour.
en] Confusing Words

Labour of love.

Lack of knowledge is darker than night.


Ladder versus Latter.
en] Confusing Words


Ladies first.

Ladies' room.

Lager frenzy.

Laid out in lavender.

Laid out versus Layed out.
en] Confusing Words

La-la land.

Lamb to the slaughter.

Lame duck.

Language is not plain.


Larger Than Life.

Lark about.

Lasagna versus Lasagne.
en] Confusing Words

Last but not least.

Last but not least.
en] The last thing or person mentioned is no less important than what was mentioned earlier.

Last straw.

Late bloomer.
en] To describe someone who develops later than normal.

Lath versus Lathe.
en] Confusing Words

Latin Phrases.

Latitude versus Longitude.
en] Confusing Words

Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone.

Laugh like a drain.


Laughter does wonders for the heart.

Laughter is the Best Medicine.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Laurels - rest on one's.

Law is the solemn expression of legislative will.

Lay it on with a trowel.

Layout versus Lay out.
en] Confusing Words

Lead by example.

Lead versus Lede.
en] Confusing Words

Lead-pipe cinch.

Leant versus Leaned.
en] Confusing Words

Leap of Faith.

Leap out of the frying pan into the fire.

Leapt versus Leaped.
en] Confusing Words

Learn the ropes and know the ropes.

Learn the ropes.

Learn the ropes.
en] Learn about something so you are comfortable with it.

Learn to walk before you run.

Learned versus Learnt.
en] Confusing Words

Learning makes some into Mullahs and some into devils.

Least said sooner mended.

Least said, soonest mended.

Leave a bad taste in your mouth.
en] Create a bad feeling about something.

Leave no stone unturned.
en] Do everything you can to achieve your goal.

Leave Someone in the Lurch.

Leave well enough alone.

Leave with the one that brought ya.

Leave with the one that brung ya.

Leave with the one that brung you.

Leave with the one what brought ya.

Leave with the one what brought you.

Leave with the one what brung ya.

Leave with the one what brung you.

Leave with the one who brought ya.

Leave with the one who brought you.

Leave with the one who brung ya.

Leave with the one who brung you.

Leaves of three, let it be.

Led versus Lead.
en] Confusing Words

Leery versus Leary.
en] Confusing Words

Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

Left in the Lurch.

Left to My Own Devices.

Left, right, and center.
en] Everywhere.

Leftover versus Left over.
en] Confusing Words

Legend in one's own lifetime.

Lend an Ear.

Lend me your ear.

Lend thy horse for a long journey, thou mayest have him return with his skin.

Lens versus Lense.
en] Confusing Words

Lent versus Lended.
en] Confusing Words

Less advice and more hands.

Less is more.

Lessee versus Lessor.
en] Confusing Words

Let a thousand flowers bloom.

Let a wrong-doing repeat itself at least three times: the first may be an accident, the second a mistake, but the third is likely to be intentional.

Let all your joys faith and blessings, be to thyself and before God in praise and thanksgiving.

Let bygones be bygones.

Let bygones be bygones.
en] To stop focusing on negative things that have happened in the past.

Let Christians practice their own religion, and Jews practice theirs.

Let every cuckold wear his own horns.

Let every pedler carry his own burden.

Let George do it.

Let Her Rip.

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
Jesus Christ

Let it please thee to keep in order a moderate-sized farm, that so thy garners may be full of fruits in their season.
HESIOD (Circa 720 b. c.?), Works and Days, Line 304

Let me play the fool.
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

Let no womans painting breed thy stomachs fainting.

Let not poor Nelly starve.

Let not the sun go down on your wrath.

Let not thy table exceed the fourth part of thy revenue: let thy provision be solid, and not far fetched, fuller of substance than art: be wisely frugal in thy preparation, and freely cheerful in thy entertainment: if thy guests be right, it is enough; if not, it is too much: too much is a vanity; enough is a feast.

Let off steam.
en] Release anger and frustration.

Let One's Hair Down.

Let or hindrance.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Let sleeping dogs lie.
en] To leave things as they are.

Let somebody off the hook.
en] Let someone go free instead of holding him or her responsible for something bad.

Let someone off the hook.

Let the buyer beware.

Let the cat out of the bag.

Let the cat out of the bag.
en] Tell a secret so other people find out too early.

Let the chips fall where they may.
en] Let something happen, no matter what happens next.

Let the cobbler stick to his last.

Let the dead bury the dead.

Let the dust settle.
en] Allow a situation to become calm or normal again after something exciting or unusual has happened.

Let the Genie Out of the Bottle.

Let the long contention cease!
Geese are swans, and swans are geese.
Let them have it how they will!
Thou art tired; best be still!
Matthew Arnold, The Last Word

Let the meritorious and defective mutually advise.

Let the punishment fit the crime.

Let the worst come to the worst.

Let them all go to Jericho,
And ne'er be seen againe.

Let them eat cake.

Let there be light.

Let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them.

Let us be glad to those who make us happy for their gods who make our souls happy.

Let us, if we must have great actions, make our own so. All action is of infinite elasticity, and the least admits of being inflated with celestial air, until it eclipses the sun and moon.

Let well alone.

Let your freak flag fly.
en] Let others see your uniqueness.

Let your hair down.

Let your letter stay for the post, not the post for the letter.

Let's rewind.

Let's roll.

Let's take the instant by the forward top; for we are old, and on our quickest decrees, the inaudible and noiseless foot of time steals, ere we can effect them.

Lets versus Let's.
en] Confusing Words

Letter of the Law.

Level playing field and level the playing field.

Level playing field.

Level the playing field.
en] To make things fair for everyone.

en] Someone who is reasonable and practical.

Lex dubia non obligat.

Licence versus License.
en] Confusing Words

Lick and a promise.

Lick honey with your little finger.

Lick into shape.

Lick One's Wounds.


Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

Lie low.

Lie through your teeth.
en] Make outrageous false statements.

Lie versus Lye.
en] Confusing Words

Lier versus Liar.
en] Confusing Words

Lies, damned lies and statistics.

Life begins at forty.

Life imitates art.

Life imitates chess.
Garry Kasparov

Life in the 1500s.

Life is A Bowl of Cherries.

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Life is a short day; but it is a working-day. Activity mav lead to evil; but inactivity cannot be led to good.
Hannah More

Life is a teacher.

Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the universe.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Life is an outward occupation, an actual work, in all ranks, and all situations.
Wilhelm von Humboldt

Life is half spent e're we know what it is.

Life is just a bowl of cherries.

Life is like a boat you move on when you paddle and stay in the same place if not.

Life is like a box of chocolates.

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

Life is like a mirror if you fawn it, it fawns back and if you smile, it smiles.

Life is like riding a bicycle; you don't fall off unless you stop pedalling.

Life is like shopping in a market; when you finish, you go home.

Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.

Life is not all beer and skittles.

Life is not given merely to exist, but to cultivate and enjoy the work of thy hands, and accomplish life's highest purpose.

Life is short.

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

Life is the beginning of death.

Life is too short to drink bad wine

Life is too short.

Life is vanity.

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

Life is what you do while you're waiting to die.

Life is what you make it.

Life is what you make it.

Life is what you make of it. Always has been, always will be.

Life is work, and everything you do is so much more experience. Sometimes you work for wages, sometimes not, but what does anybody make but a living? And whatever you have you must either use or lose.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Life is your ability to breath out every time you breathe in.

Life of Riley.

Life without a friend is death with a witness.

Life without battle is life without victory.

Life's a bitch and then you die.

Life's battle don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.

Life's not all beer and skittles.

Life's too short.

Lifes versus Lives.
en] Confusing Words

Lifetime versus Life time.
en] Confusing Words

Light a Fire Under Someone.

Light at the End of the Tunnel.

Lighted versus Lit.
en] Confusing Words

Lightning Never Strikes the Same Thing Twice.

Lightning never strikes twice in the same place.

Lightning versus Lightening.
en] Confusing Words

Likable versus Likeable.
en] Confusing Words

Like a bolt from the blue/out of a clear blue sky.
widespread idiom
en] completely surprising, without warning or preparation, totally unexpectedly (especially of negative events, shattering news, etc.).

Like a bull in a china shop.

Like a chicken with its head cut off.

Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle.

Like a gift of heaven/to be sent from above.
widespread idiom
en] an unexpected stroke of good luck, like a windfall, godsend.

Like a Kid in a Candy Store.

Like a Moth to a Flame.

Like a person, even the moon grows and vanishes in a transitional process.

Like angel's visits, few and far between.

Like author like book.

Like being savaged by a dead sheep.

Like Billy-o.

Like Chalk and Cheese.

Like clockwork and as regular as clockwork.

Like cures like.

Like father like son.

Like father, like son.

Like gangbusters.

Like It or Lump It.

Like leaves on trees the race of man is found,
Now green in youth, now withering on the ground:
Another race the following spring supplies:
They fall successive, and successive rise.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book VI, Line 181

Like mother, like daughter.

Like rats leaving the sinking ship.
widespread idiom
en] like traitors who desert the losing side in a contest, abandon a failing enterprise before it is too late.

Like riding a bicycle.

Like shooting fish in a barrel.
en] Extremely easy.

Like Shooting.

Like strength is felt from hope, and from despair.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XV, Line 832

Like struck by a thunderbolt/as if thunderstruck.
widespread idiom
en] totally confused, showing no reaction because something unexpected has happened; paralyzed with fright, horror or completely surprised.

Like Taking Candy from a Baby.

Like taking candy from a baby.
en] Very easy to achieve.

Like The Cat That Got The Cream.

Like the clappers.

Like the Dickens.

like the iron-smith shapes as it smites.

Like to like, and Nan for Nicholas.

Like turkeys voting for Christmas.

Like two peas in a pod.

Like Water Off a Duck's Back.

Like White on Rice.


Linchpin versus Lynchpin.
en] Confusing Words

Link farm.

Link rot.

Lion's Den.

Lions led by donkeys.

Lion's Share.

Lip Service.

Liquor someone up.

Liquor versus Liqueur.
en] Confusing Words

Listening is the most difficult skill to learn and the most important to have.

Lite versus Light.
en] Confusing Words

Literally versus Figuratively.
en] Confusing Words

Litmus test.

Little Black Book.

Little by little and bit by bit.

Little by little grow the bananas.

Little by little grow the bananas.

Little by little, a little becomes a lot.

Little devil!

Little dogs start the hare, but the great ones catch it.

Little fish in a big pond.

Little gray cells/the gray matter.
widespread idiom
en] the brain; the capacity for thought.

Little pitchers have big ears.

Little pitchers have long ears.

Little sticks kindle the fire, but great ones put it out.

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Little things please little minds.

Little to no or little to none.

Live and learn.

Live and let live.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Live for today for tomorrow never comes.

Live Large.

Live long and prosper.

Live patiently in the world; know that those who hate you are more numerous than those who love you.

Live simply to let others simply live.

Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.

Living daylights.

Living in Cloud Cuckooland.

Living near a lake doesn't mean you eat fish whenever you need.

Living off the fat of the land.

Living on Borrowed Time.

Living Under a Rock.

Lo and behold.

Lo, lo and behold.

Load of cobblers.

Load of codswallop.

Loaded for Bear.

Loaf of bread.

Loan Shark.

Loan versus Lend.
en] Confusing Words

Loathe versus Loath.
en] Confusing Words

Local derby.

Location, location, location.

Lock Horns.

Lock stock and barrel.

Lock, stock, and barrel.
en] To include everything.

Lodged in sunny cleft,
Where the cold breezes come not, blooms alone
The little wind-flower, whose just opened eye
Is blue as the spring heaven it gazes at.
W. C. Bryant, A Winter Piece

Log in versus Log on.
en] Confusing Words

Login versus Log in.
en] Confusing Words

London Bridge was made for wise men to pass over, and for fools to pass under.

Long absence changes friends.

Long absent soon forgotten.

Long absent, soon forgotten.

Long face.
en] Sad.

Long in the tooth.

Long in the tooth.
en] To be old

Long Pole in the Tent.

Long Shot.

Long ways, long lies.

Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.

Look after your property, and you won't accuse your neighbour of being a thief.

Look before you leap.

Look high and fall into a cowturd.

Look on the sunny side of life.

Look the Other Way.

Look What the Cat Dragged In.

Lookers-on see most of the game.

Looking at a king's mouth one would never think he sucked his mother's breast.

Loose cannon.

Loose cannon.
en] An unpredictable person that lacks self control.

Loose ends.
en] Unfinished business.

Loose lips sink ships.

Lord Fred.

Lose (one's) head.
en] To lose composure and act emotionally or irrationally.

Lose face.

Lose It.

Lose One's Touch.

Lose the Thread.

Lose Touch.

Lose versus Loose versus Loosen.
en] Confusing Words

Lose your head.
en] Lose self-control.

Lose your marbles.

Lose your marbles.
en] Become crazy.

Lose your mind.
en] Become crazy or insane.

Lose your touch.

Loss versus Lost.
en] Confusing Words

Lost at sea.
en] Confused or unsure about something.

Lovable versus Loveable.
en] Confusing Words

Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none.

Love asks faith, and faith asks firmness.

Love at First Sight.

Love begets love.

Love being jealous makes a good eye look asquint.

Love is a painkiller.

Love is blind.

Love is in blood not in talking.

Love is life's end, an end but never ending.

Love is like a baby: it needs to be treated tenderly.

Love is like a baby: it needs to be treated tenderly.

Love is like a baby; it needs to be treated tenderly.

Love is like cough you can't hold it back.

Love is like war, Easy to start, Hard to end, Impossible to forget.

Love is not finding someone to live with; it's finding someone whom you can't live without.

Love is stronger than any addiction, baby. Hell, it is one.

Love laughs at locksmiths.

Love lives in cottages as well as in Courts.

Love makes the world go round.

Love never gets lost it's only kept.

Love of money is the root of all evil.

Love Rat.

Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.

Love rules his kingdom without a sword.

Love Someone With All of One's Heart And Soul.

Love the sinner but hate the sin.

Love the sinner, hate the sin.

Love Them to Pieces.

Love thy neighbour as thyself.

Love will find a way.

Love, and a Cough, cannot be hid.




Lower the Boom.

Lower your head modestly while passing, and you will harvest bananas.

Low-Hanging Fruit.

Lunatic fringe.

Macro versus Micro.
en] Confusing Words

Mad As A Box Of (Soapy) Frogs.

Mad as A Hatter.

Mad as a March hare.

Made no more bones.

Made Out Like a Bandit.

Magic mushroom.

Magical realism.

Main chance.

Main Squeeze.

Maize cannot get justice in a chicken's court.

Maize grows well where people have no teeth.

Maize versus Maze.
en] Confusing Words

Make a bee-line for.

Make a Break for It.

Make a clean breast of it and come clean.

Make a clean breast of it.

Make a clean breast.

Make a difference.
en] Matter.

Make a living.
en] Earn enough income to support yourself.

Make a long story short.

Make a mountain out of a molehill.
en] Exaggerate the severity of a situation.

Make a pig's ear of.

Make a Run For It.

Make a scene.

Make a Silk Purse out of a Sow's Ear.

Make a virtue of necessity.

Make believe.
en] Pretend.

Make Do versus Make Due.
en] Confusing Words

Make do.
en] Survive/get by with what you have at that moment.

Make ducks and drakes with shillings.

Make Ends Meet.

Make ends meet.
en] Have just enough money to cover expenses.

Make haste slowly.

Make haste.

Make Hay (While the Sun Shines).

Make hay while the sun shines.

Make him an offer he can't refuse.

Make it do or do without.

Make it do or do without..

Make love not war.

Make Love.

Make my day.

Make Nice.

Make no bones about.

Make not thy friend too cheap to thee, nor thy self to thy friend.

Make off with.
en] Steal.

Make One's Mark.

Make Someone's Day.

Make the best of a bad bargain.

Make three bites of a cherry.

Make up your mind.
en] Make a decision.

Make waves.
en] Cause trouble.

Make your affairs known in the market place and one will call them black and another white.

Make your bargain before beginning to plow.

Make your day.
en] Used to say that something has made your day special (and great).

Make your hair stand on end.

Makes sense.
en] Seems reasonable/right.

Makeup versus Make up.
en] Confusing Words

Making a Scene.

Making the Big Bucks.

Mal de mer.

Man Alive!

Man cave.

Man does not live by bread alone.

Man gives nothing so willingly as advice.

Man invented language to satisfy is deep need to complain.

Man is a wolf to man.

Man is an animal that cannot long be left in safety without occupation; the growth of his fallow nature is apt to run into weeds.

Man is born for action; he ought to do something. Work, at each step, awakens a sleeping force and roots out error. Who does nothing, knows nothing. Rise! to work! If thy knowledge is real, employ it; wrestle with nature; test the strength of thy theories; see if they will support the trial; act!

Man is like palm-wine: when young, sweet but without strength; in old age, strong but harsh.

Man is like palm-wine: when young, sweet but without strength; in old age, strong but harsh.

Man is the highest type of life, and God has placed him head of creation.

Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Man needs science in order to know and belief in order to act.
Max Planck (1858 - 1947)

Man plans and God laughs.

Man proposes, God disposes.

Man shall receive in measure, that which he measured unto his fellowmen.

Man sins... then blames it on the devil.

Man was not just made to sleep and feed, or else God would not have endowed him with such capacity and reasoning ability if they were to lay dormant.

Man, being essentially active, must find in activity his joy, as well as his beauty and glory: and labor, like evervthing else that is good, is its own reward.

Manners make often fortunes.

Manners maketh (the) man.

Manners maketh man.

Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.

Man's greatest battles are the ones he fights within himself.

Man's Inhumanity to Man.

Mantel versus Mantle.
en] Confusing Words

Many a little makes a mickle.

Many a mickle makes a muckle.

Many a smale maketh a grate.

Many a true word is spoken in jest.

Many a Truth is Said in Jest.

Many are called but few are chosen.

Many are the roads that do not lead to the heart.

Many can bear adversity but few contempt.

Many can pack the cards that cannot play.

Many do kiss the hands they wish to see cut off.

Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605-15)

Many hands make light work.

Many happy returns.

Many hens may be in love with one cock, but none will be jealous of the other.

Many moons ago.
en] A long time ago.

Many persons take advice as they do physic, to fling aside the moment the doctor's back is turned.

Many persons think that by hoarding money they are gaining safety for themselves. If money is your only hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. Without these qualities, money is practically useless. The security even of money depends on knowledge, experience and ability. If productive ideas are displaced by destructive ideas, economic life suffers.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Many rats cannot all at once dig a hole for their home.

Many rats never drill holes.

Many speak much that cannot speak well.

Many stop their noses at Ambergris.

Many things are lost for want of asking.

Many things grow in the garden were never sown there.

Many ventures make a full fraight.

Many without punishment, none without sin.

Many words will not fill a bushel.

Many would come to wisdom, if they did not think themselves already there.

March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.

March' phrases.

'March' phrases.

March to the Beat of Your Own Drum.

March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.

Mare's nest.

Mariana in the moated grange.

Marital aid.

Market forces.

Marriage is a snake to slip into your handbag.

Marriages are made in heaven.

Marry in haste, and repent at leisure.

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

Master versus Mister.
en] Confusing Words

Match Made in Heaven.

Material versus Materiel.
en] Confusing Words

Mate's rates.

Math versus Maths.
en] Confusing Words

May God not make one hand dependent on the other.

May Kabul be without gold rather without snow.

May piss a bed and say he sweats.

May versus Might.
en] Confusing Words

May You Live in Interesting Times.

Maybe versus May Be.
en] Confusing Words

May-December (adj.).

May-December Marriage.

MD versus DO.
en] Confusing Words

Me Time.

Me versus Mine.
en] Confusing Words

Me versus Myself.
en] Confusing Words

Mea culpa.


Meaningless laughter is a sign of ill-breeding.

Means business.
en] Is serious.

Measure is a merry mean.

Measure thrice what thou buyest, and cut it but once.

Measure twice and cut once.

Measure twice, cut once.

Measure your quilt, then stretch your legs.

Meat and drink.

Meat and mass never hindered man.

Meat and two veg.

Meet your Waterloo.

Meeting of the Minds.

Mellow yellow.

Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.

Men boast of their great actions but they are oftener the effect of chance than design. Men's actions are not to be judged of at first sight.

Men die but words live on.

Men fall only in order to rise.

Men fear death as children to go in the dark.

Men in suits.

Ménage à trois.

Mend Fences.

Men's actions to futurity appear but as the events to which they are conjoined do give them consequence.
Joanna Bailhe

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.

Merry Christmas.

Mess with the bull and you get the horns.

Mess with the bull, get the horns.

Metal is dangerous in a blind horse.

Metal versus Medal.
en] Confusing Words

Method in my madness.

Method to my madness.
en] When something is done for a reason but it appears to just be strange behavior.

Mexican wave.

Mickey Finn.

Middle for diddle.

Middle of the road.

Mieder, Wolfgang; Kingsbury, Stewart A.; Harder, Kelsie B. (1992). A Dictionary of American proverbs. p. 303..

Might and main.

Might is right.

Might makes right.

Mighty alike for good or ill
With mother-land, we fully share
The Saxon strength, - the nerve of steel, -
The tireless energy of will, -
The power to do, the pride to dare.
J. G. Whittier, Lines

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

Migration is a sign of protect.

Milestone cornmeal unites families.

Milk and honey have different colours, but they share the same house peacefully.

Milk of Human Kindness.

Mills and wives are ever wanting.

Mince pies.

Minced oaths.

Minced words.

Mind One's P's and Q's.

Mind over matter.

Mind your language.

Mind your own business.
en] Concern yourself with only your own interests and not interfere in the affairs of others.

Mind your Ps and Qs.

Mind your P's and Q's.

Minds are like parachutes; they only function when they are open.

Mind's ear.

Mind's eye.

Miniscule versus Minuscule.
en] Confusing Words

Mint condition.

Mischievous versus Mischievious.
en] Confusing Words

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.

Misery loves company.

Misfortunes never come alone.

Misfortunes never come singly.


Miss is as good as a mile.

Miss the boat.
en] Miss the opportunity to do something.

Miss the point.
en] Fail to grasp the most important part of something.

Miss versus Mrs.
en] Confusing Words

Missing the wood for the trees.

Mistrust versus Distrust.
en] Confusing Words

Mixed up.
en] Confused.

Moaning Minnie.

Moche Crye and no Wull.

Mocking is catching.

Modeling versus Modelling.
en] Confusing Words

Moderation in all things.

Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl-chain of all virtues.

Mold versus Mould.
en] Confusing Words

Mom versus Mum.
en] Confusing Words

Monday Morning Quarterback.

Monday's child is fair of face.


Money can even corrupt the virtuous.

Money cannot buy happiness.

Money can't buy happiness.

Money doesn't change men, it merely unmasks them, If a man is naturally selfish or arrogant or greedy, the money brings that out, that is all.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Money Doesn't Grow on Trees.

Money doesn't grow on trees.
en] Money doesn't come easy so be careful in spending it.
en] Money is not easily obtained.

Money for old rope.

Money is like an arm or leg - use it or lose it.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Money is like the waters of a sailing river it flows away.

Money is sharper than a sword.

Money is that Art hath turn'd up trump.

Money is the root of all evil.

Money is welcome though it come in a shit-clout.

Money isn't everything.

Money makes the mare go.

Money makes the world go around.

Money' phrases.

'Money' phrases.

Money talks and bullshit walks.

Money talks, bullshit walks.

Money talks.

Monies versus Moneys.
en] Confusing Words

Monkey Around.

Monkey around.
en] Behave in a silly or playful way.

Monkey in the Middle.

Monkey see, monkey do.

Monkeys don't advise there young ones to be careful on trees they just remind them of the distance to the ground.

Monologue versus Soliloquy.
en] Confusing Words

Monstrous regiment of women.

Montezuma's Revenge.

Month of Sundays.

Moot point.

Moral versus Morale.
en] Confusing Words

Morbid obesity.

More bang for one's buck and bigger bang for one's buck.

More bang for your buck.

More fool you.

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