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More Fun Than A Barrel of Monkeys.

More haste, less speed.

More honoured in the breach than in the observance.

More light!

More light!.

More Than Meets the Eye.

More Than One Way to Skin a Cat.

More the merrier - The.

Morning is the start of a day's work.

Morning person.

Moslem versus Muslim.
en] Confusing Words

Most old men are like old trees, past bearing themselves, will suffer no young plants to flourish beneath them.

Mother country.

Mother lode.

Mother Nature.

Mothers raise their daughters and let their sons grow up.

Motley crew.

Mountain Out of a Molehill.


Movable feast.

Movable versus Moveable.
en] Confusing Words

Move Heaven and Earth.

Move like a chameleon, look in front, and watch behind.

Move the Needle.

Move Up in the World.

Move your neck according to the music.

Movers and Shakers.

Moving the goalposts.

Moving water makes stagnant water move.

Mrs. Mop.

Ms. versus Mrs.
en] Confusing Words

Much Ado About Nothing.

Much of a muchness.

Much versus Many.
en] Confusing Words

Mucus versus Mucous.
en] Confusing Words

Mull (something) over.

Mull something over.

Multitude of sins.

Mumbo jumbo.

Mumbo Jumbo.
en] Meaningless or confusing language.

Mum's the word.

Mum's the word.
en] To keep quiet. To not talk about something.

Murder will out.

Murderers' row.

Murphy's Law.

Music and women should not be dated.

Music has charms to soothe the savage breast.

Music Soothes the Savage Beast.

Music speaks louder than words.

Music to My Ears.

Musick helps not the tooth-ach.

Mustache versus Moustache.
en] Confusing Words

Mute versus Moot.
en] Confusing Words

Mutt and Jeff.

Mutton dressed as lamb.

Mutton Dressed Up as Lamb.

My bad.

My Better Half.

My cup of tea.

My cup runneth over.

My Dogs Are Barking.

My drum doesn't do what I want it to.

My Ears Are Burning.

My enemy's enemy is my friend.

My giddy aunt.

My husband and I.

My Kingdom for a Horse.

My mind's eye.

My old china.

My old Dutch.

My Old Man, My Old Lady.

My salad days.

My stars and garters.

My Way or the Highway.

Nail it down.
en] Finalize it.

Nail it.

Nail your colours to the mast.


Nailed it.
en] To do something exactly right.

Nailing Jelly/Jello/Pudding To A Wall/Tree.

Namby Pamby.


Name and shame.

Name is mud.

Nasty, brutish and short.

Nature abhors a vacuum.

Nature draws more then ten oxen.

Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.

Nature, time, and patience are three great physicians.

Naught versus Nought.
en] Confusing Words

Nauseous versus Nauseated.
en] Confusing Words

Nautical phrases.

Navel Gazing.

Near the knuckle.

Nearly never bulled a cow.

Neat as a pin.

Necessity is the Mother of All Invention.

Necessity is the mother of innovation.

Necessity is the mother of invention is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Necessity knows no law.

Neck and Neck.

Neck of the woods.
en] A particular place or area.

Needle in a bottle of hay.

Needs must when the devil drives.

Needs must.

Ne'er cast a clout til May be out.

Ne'er cast a clout till May be out.

Ne'er do well.

Negotiate with your enemy whilst you are a strong and formidable force, and he will always fear and respect you, but negotiate at the brink of defeat, and he will trample you down.

Neigbors versus Neighbors.
en] Confusing Words

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

Neither fish nor flesh, nor good red herring.

Neither fish, flesh nor good red herring.

Neither here nor there.

Neither make thy friend equal to a brother; but if thou shalt have made him so, be not the first to do him wrong.
HESIOD (Circa 720 b. c.?), Works and Days, Line 707

Neither praise nor dispraise thy self, thine actions serve the turn.

Nerve-Racking versus Nerve-Wracking.
en] Confusing Words

Nest egg.
en] To say money for something in the future.


Never advise a man to go to the wars nor to marry.

Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You.

Never blame a messenger.

Never cast a clout till May be out.

Never change a running system.

Never dump your old pot just because you have bought a new one.

Never fight a land war in Asia.

Never get angry, for it shows a lack of understanding, and also causes the poisonous acids of the body to accumulate which causes various kinds of diseases to attack you, and causes mental depression, etc.

Never give a sucker an even break.

Never give advice in a crowd.

Never give advice unasked.

Never go to bed on an argument.

Never hand an ill workman good tools.

Never in A Million Years.

Never insult your enemy while you're laying down unless there is someone else standing by.

Never judge a book by its cover.

Never knowingly undersold.

Never let a friend lie in your sheep farm he might get hungry.

Never let a handshake pass the elbow.

Never let anyone command or move you to do that which is wrong; let everything go first, and you will raise to higher things in life.

Never let the right hand know what the left hand is doing.

Never let the sun go down on your anger.

Never lie to your doctor.

Never lie to your lawyer.

Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

Never lose heart because whatever is hot must in the end turn cold.

Never mind.
en] Don't worry about it.

Never mock a fowl with raffled feathers it might have won a fight.

Never Never Land.

Never pleasures without repentance.

Never put off till (until) tomorrow what you can do today.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

Never say die.

Never speak ill of the dead.

Never tell tales out of school.

Never the twain shall meet.

Never travel with a friend who disserts you at the notice of danger.

Never trouble trouble 'til trouble troubles you.

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Never wear a brown hat in Friesland.

Nevermind versus Never Mind.
en] Confusing Words

Never-never land.

New arrival.

New brooms sweep clean.

New kid on the block.

New kid on the block.
en] To be new to a place or group.

New meat begets a new appetite.

New versus Knew.
en] Confusing Words

New Wrinkle.

New York minute.
en] A very brief period of time.

News does not sleep on the way.

Nice as ninepence.

Nice Chunk of Change.

Nice guys finish last.

Nice kettle of fish.

Nickel and Dime.


Nicknames are the hardest stones the devil can throw at a man.

Night Owl.

Night, having Sleep, the brother of Death.
From whose eyelids also as they gazed dropped love.
HESIOD (Circa 720 b. c.?), The Theogony, Line 910

Nine days' wonder.

Nine tailors make a man.

Nine Times Out of Ten.

Nine to five.

Nine-to-Five Job.

Ninety versus Ninty.
en] Confusing Words

Nip (Something) In The Bud.

Nip and tuck.

Nip in the bud.

Nip it in the bud.
en] To stop something before it gets worse.

Nip slip.

Nip something in the bud.
en] Stop a bad situation from becoming worse by taking action at an early stage of its development.


No accidents are so unlucky but that the prudent may draw some advantage from them.

No accidents are so unlucky but that the prudent may draw some advantage from them; nor are there any so lucky but that the imprudent may turn to their prejudice.

No Accounting for Taste.

No advice like a father's.

No Alchymy to saving.

No angler can be a good man.

No answer is also an answer.

No better than you should be.

No Bones About It.

No bucks, no Buck Rogers.

No chicken will fall into the fire a second time.

No cloth can be better than your skin.

No crowd ever waited at the gates of patience.

No cure, no pay.

No cut to unkindness.

No day passeth without some grief.

No deceit, no merchant.

No dice.

No dice.
en] Something is not possible.

No gain without pain.

No goal is unachievable.

No good deed ever goes unpunished.

No good deed goes unpunished.

No government can guarantee security. It can only tax production, distribution and service and gradually crush the power to pay taxes. That settles nothing. It only uses up the gains of the past and postpones the developments of the future.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

No guts, no glory.

No hard feelings.
en] Don't worry.

No holds barred.

No Later Than versus No Later Then.
en] Confusing Words

No laughing matter.

No lock will hold against the power of gold.

No Love Lost Between.

No man better knows what good is then he who hath endured evil.

No man can flay a stone.

No man can outwit the ancestors.

No man can serve two masters.
Christian New Testament

No man ever lost his credit but he who had it not.

No man is a hero to his debtors.

No man is an island.

No man is born into this world, whose work is not born with him.

No man is indispensable.

No man is so old but thinks he may live another day.

No man should be so much taken up in the search of truth, as thereby to neglect the more necessary duties of active life; for after all is done, it is action only that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.

No man's abilities are so remarkably shining, as not to stand in need of a proper opportunity, a patron, and even the praises of a friend, to recommend them to the notice of the world.

No matter how angry a rat may be it will be eaten by a cat.

No matter how beautiful and well crafted a coffin might look, it will not make anyone wish for death.

No matter how big a child is, he cannot deny that he was once carried on the back of a woman.

No matter how big the butterfly may be, it cannot be called a bat.

No matter how black a cow is the milk is always white.

No matter how close the ear is to the eye they can't see each other.

No matter how far you are from your house, you will keep going until you get home.

No matter how far you have walked in the wrong direction certainly you have to turn back and take the right direction.

No matter how fast a man can run, he can never chase his shadow and catch it.

No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow.

No matter how good a hunting dog is it cannot kill a leopard.

No matter how high the bird flies, a hunter sets is trap on the ground.

No matter how high the vulture may choose to soar, the eagle will remain king of the sky.

No matter how hot your anger may be it cannot cook.

No matter how huge a hook may be it cannot catch fish in a river.

No matter how hungry the vulture, it will never eat grass.

No matter how kind a man might be he cannot accept to share his wife.

No matter how long a bird lives in a cage, it will always want to escape.

No matter how long a fallen tree stays in the river it can never be a crocodile.

No matter how long a stick may stay in a river, it will never change into fish.

No matter how long and winding the road might be, it will always lead you to your destination.

No matter how long the night is, the morning is sure to come.

No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come.

No matter how long the night, the day is sure to come.

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.

No matter how many house chores you complete, there are always more to be done.

No matter how much milk a cow has, you cannot milk butter from it.

No matter how much you feed a lizard it cannot become a crocodile.

No matter how often a man quarrels with his wife he doesn't do so during the hours lending to bedtime.

No matter how old you may be the future will always be ahead of you.

No matter how painful the loss, the bereaved won't be buried with the corpse.

No matter how poor a village, there is always one rich man.

No matter how powerful a man, he cannot make the rains fall on his farm alone.

No matter how rich a man may be he cannot sleep on two beds at ago.

No matter how sharp a knife is, it can never cut its handle.

No matter how sharp your teeth are, you can't bite water.

No matter how short a man is, he will always see the sky.

No matter how small a pin can be a hen cannot swallow it.

No matter how tall a camel is, it will never get taller than the hair on its back.

No matter how tall a tree might grow it will always shed its leaves on the ground.

No matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney.

No matter how thin you slice it, it's still boloney.

No matter how tight a monkey's trousers are, there is always space for his tail.

No matter how tough the current of a river may be it is the calabash that triumphal over the river.

No matter how well tamed a lion, it will one day go back to the bush.

No matter how wise you are, you cannot trace footsteps in water.

No more cakes and ale?

No more was seen the human form divine.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book X, Line 278

No names, no pack-drill.

No names: no pack-drill.

No news is good news.

No old age agreeable but that of a wise man.

No one becomes poor through giving alms.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American people.

No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

No one is born a master.

No one is perfect.

No one is without knowledge except he who asks no questions.

No one knows if a bird in flight has an egg in its stomach.

No one knows the story of tomorrow's dawn.

No one says his own buttermilk is sour.

No one so old that he may not live a year, none so young but he may die today.

No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.

No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.

No pain, no gain.

No peace for the weary.

No pestle can be bigger than its mortar.

No plant comes to flower but to wither.

No problem is settled until it is settled right.

No quarter given.

No rest for the weary.

No rest for the wicked.

No Rhyme or Reason (to).

No room to swing a cat.

No rose is without thorns.

No rose without a thorn.

No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.

No rush.

No saint.

No seal is on the Yankee's mouth,
No fetter on the Yankee's press!
From our Green Mountains to the sea
One voice shall thunder, - We are free!
J. G. Whittier, Stanzas for the Times

No season now for calm, familiar talk,
Like youths and maidens in an evening walk.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XXII, Line 169

No Shit, Sherlock.

No sin goes unpunished.

No sleep for the wicked.

No smoke without fire.

No spring chicken.
en] Somebody who is not particularly young.

No sweat, no sweet.

No sweat.
en] It's easy to do.

No time like the present.

No Tree Grows to the Sky.

No truck with.

No way!
en] Similar to "That can't be possible!" or "I don't believe you!".

No way, Jose.

Noble plants suit not a stubborn soil.

Noblesse oblige.

Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind. Thinking without constructive action becomes a disease.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the good taste of the American people.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the good taste of the American public.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American people.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner.

Nobody versus No One.
en] Confusing Words

Nobody wages war with ghosts.


en] An easy decision.

Noise and hunting don't go together.

None but the brave deserve the fair.

None is a fool always, every one sometimes.

None is so wise but the fool overtakes him.

None knows the weight of anothers burden.

Non-violence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Noone versus No one.
en] Confusing Words

North and south.

Nose around.

Nose to the grindstone.
en] To work hard.

Nosy Parker.

Not a chance.
en] Absolutely not.

Not a dicky-bird.

Not a spark of decency.

Not All It's Cracked Up to Be.

Not all men who walk in the street naked are crazy.

Not all the baboons that enter a maize field come out satisfied.

Not all there.

Not all words require an answer.

Not alone to know, but to act according to thy knowledge, is thy destination, - proclaims the voice of my inmost soul. Not for indolent contemplation and study of thyself, nor for brooding over emotions of piety, - no for action was existence given thee; thy actions, and thy actions alone, determine thy worth.

Not be able to see something with the naked eye.
widespread idiom
en] not be able to see something without the use of an optical instrument.

Not by a long chalk.

Not cheap without reason, nor dear without value.

Not Cut Out for (Something).

Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat.

Not even the five fingers of our hands are alike.

Not everything on the body that swells is a boil.

Not everything that glitters is gold or diamond.

Not for all the tea in China.

Not Give A Fig.

Not Have A Cat In Hell's Chance.

Not have a clue.
en] Have no idea or absolutely no knowledge (about something).

Not Have a Prayer.

Not have the foggiest idea.
en] Not know something at all.

Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Not Know Jack.

Not Lift a Finger.

Not Mince Words.

Not my cup of tea.

Not need to be asked twice/no need to tell someone twice.
widespread idiom
en] to be happy to oblige a request.

Not One's Cup of Tea.

Not playing with a full deck.

Not playing with a full deck.
en] To be mentally challenged.

Not Ready for Prime Time.

Not rocket science.

Not Sit Well with (Someone).

Not Surprisingly versus Not Surprising.
en] Confusing Words

Not the place where I was born but where I hang my hat is home.

Not to advance is to recede.

Not to be afraid of death or devil (cf. German: weder Tod noch Teufel fürchten).
widespread idiom
en] to be afraid of nobody and nothing.

Not to be born yesterday.
widespread idiom
en] not to be easily deceived, manipulated or exploited; to be more experienced and less naïve than one appears to be.

Not to be considered queer conform to the crowd.

Not to believe one's eyes.
widespread idiom
en] to be shocked or dumbfounded at what one is seeing; to doubt the credibility of something unusual.

Not to get gray hair from something.
widespread idiom
en] not to be worried or upset by something.

Not to have invented the gun powder (German: das Pulver/Schießpulver nicht (gerade) erfunden haben).
widespread idiom
en] not to be very intelligent, to be rather silly, simple-minded.

Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.

Not to lift a finger (to help someone).
widespread idiom
en] not to make the slightest effort, not to give any assistance; to refuse to exert oneself to help or perform an action.

Not to love anything is hell.
Georges Bernanos (1888 - 1948)

Not to see beyond one's nose/not to see beyond/further than the end of one's nose.
widespread idiom
en] to be narrow-minded; not to look beyond one's immediate surroundings.

Not tonight Josephine.

Not two strong men the enormous weight could raise, -
Such men as live in these degenerate days.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book V, Line 371

Not vain the weakest, if their force unite.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XIII, Line 311

Not worth a plugged nickel.

Not worth the candle.

Not worth the paper it is written on.
widespread idiom
en] (of a document, undertaking, etc.) meaningless or without validity; of no value, absolutely useless.

Not-for-profit versus Nonprofit.
en] Confusing Words

Nothing can suffice a person except that which they have not.

Nothing down, nothing up.

Nothing have, nothing crave.

Nothing is certain but death and taxes.

Nothing is given so freely as advice.

Nothing is impossible to a willing mind.

Nothing new under the sun.

Nothing on earth is greedier than the eye.

Nothing succeeds like success.

Nothing to be feared in life, but understood.

Nothing to sneeze at and not to be sneezed at.

Nothing to sneeze at.
en] Something worthwhile.

Nothing to Write Home About.

Nothing to write home about.
en] Ordinary and unexceptional.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Nothing wipes your tears away but your own hand.

Nothing with God is accidental.

Nothing would be more unhappy than a man that had not known affliction.

Notwithstanding all that Rousseau has advanced so very ingeniously upon plays and players, their profession is, like that of a painter, one of the imitative arts, whose means are pleasure, and whose end is virtue.

Nought venter nought have.

Now is the winter of our discontent.

Now or never.
widespread idiom
en] let us seize on the opportunity now (exclamation to express urgency.

Now, which is the April Fool, in sooth?
Do you think it is I, - or you, sir?
Alfred Austin , Lyrics: An April Fool

Nowadays versus Now a Days.
en] Confusing Words

Nth degree.

Nul points.

Nuts and Bolts.

Nutty as a Fruitcake.

O go/run like clockwork.
widespread idiom
en] (of arrangements etc.) to happen according to plan, to work efficiently, without any difficulty or trouble, functioning with the highest regularity and precision.

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?

O ye, of little faith.

O! Count the waves of the sea Goha. Goha said the comings are more than what passed.

O! Count thy sheep Goha. Goha said one is asleep and the other is awake.

O! my brother Flip the pot on its mouth, the daughters turn into their mums.

O! my sister close thy door, and enough what happened to you.

O! my sister Your son is like how you raised him. And your husband is like how you trained him.

O! You sitting, may God protect you from the evils of the comers.

O, peeled, and hunted, and reviled,
Sleep on, dark tenant of the wild!
Great Nature owns her simple child!
J. G. Whittier, Funeral Tree of the Sokokis

Objective versus Subjective.
en] Confusing Words

Obliged versus Obligated.
en] Confusing Words

Observe moderation. In all, the fitting season is best.
HESIOD (Circa 720 b. c.?), Works and Days, Line 694

Obstacles are those frightful things we see when we take our eyes off our goals.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Occasionally a man with a right smart education can't find his knife when it gets in the wrong pocket.

Octopuses versus Octopi.
en] Confusing Words

Odds and ends.
en] Miscellaneous things.

Odds bodkins.

Of age.
en] Old enough.

Of all crafts to be an honest man is the master-craft.

Of course, it is not the employer who pays wages. He only handles the money. It is the product that pays wages and it is the management that arranges the production so that the product may pay the wages.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Of evil grain no good seed can come.

Of parcels eight was Adam built.
The first was earth, the second sea,
The third and fourth were sun and cloud,
The fifth was wind, the sixth was stone,
The seventh was the Holy Ghost,
The last, the Light which lighteth God.
Whitley Stokes. Man Octipartite

of the sea.
i] Said of an ambitious person.

Of what good is giving birth when later there regrets of disrespect.

Of young men die many, of old escape not any.

Off his own bat.

Off His Trolley.

Off On The Wrong Foot.

Off one's rocker.

Off the Beaten Path.
en] A route or place this not well known or heavily traveled.

Off the beaten track.
en] Away from the area most people visit/go.

Off the cuff.
en] With little or no forethought/preparation.

Off the hook.
en] To get out of trouble or some difficult situation.

Off the mark.
en] Inaccurate, wrong.

Off the record.

Off the record.
en] When comments are not meant to be made public.

Off the Top of My Head.

Off the top of your head.
en] Without great thought, investigation, or preparation.

Off the Wall.

Off with his head.

Off your rocker.
en] Crazy.

Offence versus Offense.
en] Confusing Words

Offend no one if you can help it, and therefore live agreeably with your fellowmen.

Offing - In the.

Oft hath even a whole city reaped the evil fruit of a bad man.
HESIOD (Circa 720 b. c.?), Works and Days, Line 240

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated.

Oftentimes versus Often times.
en] Confusing Words

Oh hyena, don't give me excuse to eat me.

Oh My Stars and Garters.

Oh the Humanity.

Oh woman, woman! when to ill thy mind
Is bent, all hell contains no fouler fiend.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book XI, Line 531

Oh! some men sigh for riches, and some men live for fame,
And some on history's pages hope to win a glorious name;
My aims are not ambitious, and my wishes are but small -
You might wrap them all together in an ould plaid shawl.
Francis A. Fahy, The Ould Plaid Shawl

Oh, my stars and garters.

Oh, they have slain the Earl of Moray and Lady Mondegreen.

Oil and water don't mix.



Old age brings companions with it.

Old age comes uncalled.

Old age has deformities enough of its own, do not add the deformity of vice.

Old age is a troublesome guest. Get,

Old age is a tyrant which forbids the pleasures of youth on pain of death.

Old age is honorable.

Old age itself is a disease.

Old age, though despised, is coveted by all.

Old and new millet seeds end up in the same mill.

Old as Methuselah.

Old as the hills.

Old boys have playthings as well as young ones, the difference is only in the price.

Old chestnut.

Old codger.

Old enough to bleed, old enough to breed.

Old Flame.

Old friends and old wine are best and old gold.

Old Glory.

Old habits die hard.

Old Hat.

Old head and young hand.

Old Lady of Threadneedle Street.

Old Man Winter.

Old men and women in the village are books of history and wisdom.

Old men are always advising young men to save money. That is bad advice. Don't save every nickel. Invest in yourself. I never saved a dollar until I was forty years old.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Old men are twice children.

Old men do not readily form friendships because they are not easily susceptible of pleasure.

Old men for counsel, young men for war.

Old men go to death, but death comes to young men.

Old men when they scorn young, make much of death.

Old men who have loved young company have been of long life.

Old men, when they scorn young, make much of death. When Bees are old they yield no honey.

Old people see best in the distance.

Old people's speech is not to be dishonored -- after all, they saw the sun first.

Old Satan couldn't get along without plenty of help.

Old sins cast long shadows.

Old sins have long shadows.

Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away..

Old used-to-do-it-this-way don't help none today.

Old wives' tale.
widespread idiom
en] legendary lore or a story usually involving the marvelous and accepted only by the credulous; traditional belief or piece of wisdom, usually foolish.

Old young and old long.

Old-Fashioned versus Old-Fashioned.
en] Confusing Words

Olive Branch.

Omelet versus Omelette.
en] Confusing Words

On a good bargain think twice.

On a hiding to nothing.

On a Lark.

On a Roll.

On a roll.
en] On a streak of continuous progress or success.

On a shoestring and shoestring budget.

On a Wild Goose Chase.

On a wing and a prayer.

On All Fours.

On carey Street.

On cloud nine.

On Deck Next.

On earth it's hard and heaven is far away.

On edge.
en] Anxious, tense, nervous, or irritable.

On his last legs.

On Life Support.

On painting and fighting look aloof off.

On Pins And Needles.

On Point.

On queer street.

On Standby.

On Steroids.

On Tenterhooks.

On that Note.

On the back burner.
en] Set as a lower priority.

On the Back Foot.

On the ball.

On the ball.
en] Acting fast (doing things quickly) and making the right decisions.
en] Thinking well and reacting quickly.

On the blink.
en] Broken or inoperative (often said of electronic or mechanical devices).

On the Bubble.

On the button.

On the button.
en] Exactly, precisely.

On the day a monkey dies, all the trees are slippery.

On the day of victory no one is tired.

On the dole.

On the Dot.

On the dot.
en] Exactly.

On the Down Low (D.L.).

On the fast track.
en] To advance quickly towards a goal or destination.

On the fence.
en] Undecided.

On the fiddle.

On the firing line.
en] When one holds a position that it is likely to be criticized.

On the Fly.

On the fritz.
en] Not working correctly.

On the Home Stretch.

On the Internet nobody knows you're a dog.

On the lam.

On the level.
en] Honest, sincere, and straightforward.

On the line.
en] At risk.

On the Nose.

On the pig's back.

On the Q.T.

On the QT.

On the Radar.

On the record.

On the Right Track.

On the same page.

On the same wavelength.
en] Thinking in a similar way to someone.

On the shoulders of giants.

On the side of the angels.

On the Spot.

On the spur of the moment.

On the stage he was natural, simple, affecting; it was only when he was off that he was acting.

On the Take.

On the tip of your tongue.
en] When you are almost able to remember something, but you can't.

On the tongue of such an one they shed a honeyed dew, and from his lips drop gentle words.
HESIOD (Circa 720 b. c.?), The Theogony, Line 82

On the up and up.

On the wagon, off the wagon.

On the Wagon.

On the Warpath.

On thin ice.

On with the motley.

On your beam ends.

On your Tod.

On your toes.

On your toes.
en] Always be alert, ready to react, or ready for anything.

Onboard versus On Board.
en] Confusing Words

Once a man, twice a boy.

Once a man, twice a child.

Once a thief, always a thief.

Once a woman, twice a child.

Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout.

Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.

Once bitten by a snake you feel suspicious even when you see a piece of rope.

Once bitten, twice shy.

Once in a blue moon.

Once in a blue moon.
en] Rarely.

Once in a While.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.

Once the teeth are together they can crack the bone.

Once you go black, you never go back.

Once you've started a competition, you must carry it to the finish.

One (More) for the Road.

One affliction is better than a thousand exhortations.

One and none is all one.

One Barber shaves not so close but another finds work.

One bitten by a snake for a snap dreads a rope for a decade.

One camel does not make fun of the other camel's hump.

One can count something on the fingers (of one hand).
widespread idiom
en] it is a very small number, there are surprisingly few of certain things.

One can run but one can't hide.

One can see it but must not say, when the master of a house passes excreta in a pot.

One cannot break a stick in a bundle.

One cannot break a twig in a bundle.

One cannot break sticks in a bundle.

One cannot manage too many affairs:
Literal.: Like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you pop down the other.

One cannot put out fire with fire.

One can't break a stick in a bundle.

One can't break a twig in a bundle.

One can't break sticks in a bundle.

One can't hold two watermelons in one hand.

One can't live with them, one can't live without them.

One day cannot make an elephant rot.

One decade is long enough to change the looks of mountains and rivers.

One doesn't call a hyena to displine a troublesome goat.

One eye of the masters sees more then ten of the servants.

One false move.

One falsehood spoils a thousand truths.

One fell swoop.

One fine day.
widespread idiom
en] one day, some time.

One finger cannot wash the whole face.

One flower does not bring spring.

One flower doesn't bring spring.

One flower makes no garland.

One fool makes an hundred.

One Foot in the Grave.

One for the Money, Two for the Show.

One for the Road.

One gives by tons, but takes accounts by ounces.

One good turn deserves another.

One grain of sand can tip the scale.

One hair of a woman can draw more than a hundred pair of oxen.

One half of the world does not know how the other half lives.

One hand for oneself and one for the ship.

One hand washes the other.

One heart and one soul.
widespread idiom
en] to be inseparable, very close friends; to be soul mates.

One ill word asketh another.

One is born, one dies; the land increases.

One is not so soon healed as hurt.

One law for the rich and another for the poor.

One lie spoils a thousand truths.

One man's fish is another man's poison.

One man's fish is another man's poisson.

One man's junk is another man's treasure.

One man's meat is another man's pet.

One man's meat is another man's poison.

One man's trash is another man's treasure.

One may as well hang for a sheep as a lamb.

One may sooner fall then rise.

One might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.

One murder makes a villain, millions a hero.

One must become as humble as the dust before he can discover truth.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

One must talk little and listen much.

One nail drives out another.

One nail drives out another.
fr] Un clou pousse l'autre.

One never looseth by doing good turns.

One night with Venus, a lifetime with Mercury.

One only realises the importance of a well when the water dries up.

One over the eight.

One piece of good advice is better than a bag full.

One piece of green wood is enough to stop the others from burning.

One rind is enough to tie a thousand pieces of wood.

One rotten apple will spoil the whole barrel.

One sandwich short of a picnic.

One scabbed sheep mars the whole flock.

One secret of happiness is being able to find joy in the joy of others.
Georges Bernanos (1888 - 1948)

One shrewd turn asks another.

One slumberr invites another.

One small step for man.

One stop shop.

One swallow does not a spring make.

One swallow does not a summer make.

One swallow does not make a spring.

One swallow does not make a summer.

One swallow doesn't a spring make.

One swallow doesn't a summer make.

One swallow doesn't make a spring.

One swallow doesn't make a summer.

One volunteer is better than ten forced men.

One volunteer is worth ten pressed men.

One who carries a pot of honey doesn't envy the sugarcane farmer.

One who causes others misfortune also teaches them wisdom.

One who does what he says is not a coward.

One who doesn't appreciate the apple, won't appreciate the orchard.

One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others.

One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

One who hesitates is lost.

One who runs will also fall.

One who would retain his character, must not think adverse thoughts, nor do any unmanly act, however trivial, no matter whether anyone knows it or not; it will have a corresponding effect upon your character.

One whose lonely heart
In ages gone was stirr'd with such a pulse.
That at the Present trembles at it still.
Frederick Tennyson, Isles of Greece

One with more firewood than you, has more ash than you.

One woman's trash is another woman's treasure.

One year's seeding makes seven years weeding.

One-hit wonder.

One's got to do what one's got to do.

One's heart's content.

One's name remains above the grave.

One's own employees should be one's best customers.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Oneself versus One's Self.
en] Confusing Words

One-Trick Pony.

One-Two Punch.

Online versus On-Line.
en] Confusing Words

Only a fool believes that the clouds obscure the splendour of the moon. It has shined behind them for eternity.

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.

Only a fool will use both his legs to test how deep a spring is.

Only a goat that is tired of life invites a lion to dinner.

Only a knife can best tell a child when to leave it.

Only a matter of time.
en] Inevitable (this means something will happen sooner or later).

Only a patient man can milk a lioness.

Only a well-taught groom deserves a bride.

Only birds with long beaks can drink from deep pots.

Only bread and an onion? Your life's still an open one.

Only fools and horses work.

Only Nixon can go to China.

Only Nixon could go to China.

Only stretch you foot to the length of your blanket.

Only stretch your foot to the length of your blanket.

Only the actions of the great smell sweet and blossom in the dust.

Only the good die young.

Only the owner can free his home from mice.

Only the person who wears the shoe feels it when it pitches.

Only the tent pitched by your own hands will stand.

Only those who do nothing never make a mistake.

Only three things in life are certain birth, death and change.

Only what you have eaten is yours; other things may not be.

Only when a tree has grown can you tie your cow to it.

Onto versus On to.
en] Confusing Words

Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.

Oops a Daisy.


Open Season.

Open warfare.

Open your ears to the ancestors and you will understand the language of spirits.

Open-and-Shut Case.

Opossum versus Possum.
en] Confusing Words

Opportunity knocks at every man's door.

Opportunity knocks only once.

Opportunity never knocks twice at any man's door.

Opportunity seldom knocks twice.

Opposites attract.

Optimism is a mania for saying all is well when one is in hell.

Or Else (by itself).

Ordnance versus Ordinance.
en] Confusing Words

Organization versus Organisation.
en] Confusing Words

Oriented versus Orientated.
en] Confusing Words

Originality provokes originality.

Orthopedic versus Orthopaedic.
en] Confusing Words

Ossa they strove to set upon Olympus, and upon Ossa leafy Pelion, that so the heavens might be scaled.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book XI, Line 426

Other days, other ways.

Other meaning: One flaw will ruin the overall impression.

Ough - the many ways to pronounce.

Our actions are like the terminations of verses, which we rhyme as we please.

Our actions are our own; their consequences belong to Heaven.
P. Francis

Our actions determine what our thoughts have been.

Our acts make or mar us, - we are the children of our own deeds.
Victor Hugo

Our domestic affections are the most salutary basis of all good government.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

Our souls much farther than our eyes can see.
Michael Drayton

Ours is ours, but mine is mine.

Out and out.

Out in the Sticks.

Out of evils advice is easy.
M. Greek.

Out of Left Field.

Out of line.
en] Not in accordance with how somebody is supposed to behave.

Out of Luck.

Out of Nowhere.

Out of order.
en] Does not work.

Out of pocket.

Out of sight, out of mind.

Out of sight, out of mind.
en] If you do not see someone regularly, you will stop thinking about him or her.

Out of sight.

Out of small acorns grow mighty oaks.

Out of Sorts.

Out of the blue.
en] Without previous warning.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire.

Out of the jaws of death.

Out of the Loop.

Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings.

Out of the mouths of babes.

Out of the Picture.

Out of the Question.

Out of the Way.

Out of the woods.
en] The hardest part of something is over.

Out of This World.

Out of Work.

Out On A Limb.

Out on the town.

Out the Door.

Over a barrel.

Over and Out.

Over my dead body.

Over One's Head.

Over the Hill.

Over the Moon.

Over the top.

Over Time versus Overtime.
en] Confusing Words

Over Your Head.

Over-egg the pudding.

Overnight versus Over Night.
en] Confusing Words

Overpaid, oversexed, and over here.

Oxo cube.

P.D.Q. - pretty damn quick.

Pack Heat.

Packed to the gunwales.

Paddle One's Own Canoe.

Paddle your own canoe.


Pain in the Ass.

Pain in the Butt;

Pain in the Neck.

Pain is inevitable suffering is optional.

Paint the town red.

Paint the town red.
en] Go on a partying spree.

Painted pictures are dead speakers.

Pajamas versus Pyjamas.
en] Confusing Words

Pale in comparison.

Panic stations.

Paper tiger.

Par for the Course.

Pardon my French and excuse my French.

Parsley seed goes nine times to the Devil.

Part and parcel.

Parthian shot.

Parting shot.

Partner up.

Pass muster.

Pass over to the other side.

Pass the buck, the buck stops.

Pass the buck.

Pass the buck.
en] Pass blame to somebody else.
en] To shift blame or responsibility to someone else.

Pass time versus Pastime.
en] Confusing Words

Pass With Flying Colors.

Passed versus Past.
en] Confusing Words

Passersby versus Passerbys.
en] Confusing Words

Passing Fancy.

Passing strange.

Passing the Rubicon.

Patch and long sit, build and soon flit.

Patience is a flower grows not in every ones garden.

Patience is a virtue.

Patience is bitter, but it has a sweet fruit.

Patience over wins a lot of ill.

Patience versus Patients.
en] Confusing Words

Pay the piper.

Pay the price for something.
en] Suffer as a consequence of doing something.

Pay Through the Nose (For Something).

Pay through the nose.
en] Pay an excessive amount of money.

Payed versus Paid.
en] Confusing Words

Peace is costly but it is worth the expense.

Peaches and Cream.

Peachy keen.

Peak versus Peek versus Pique.
en] Confusing Words

Peal versus Peel.
en] Confusing Words

Pearls before swine.

Pearls of wisdom.

Pears for your heirs.

Pecking Order.

Pedal to the metal.
en] To go as fast as possible.

Pedantry is the dotage of knowledge.
Holbrook Jackson (1874 - 1948)

Peeping Tom.

Peg out.


Pen and ink.

Pencil Something In.

Pennies from Heaven.

Penny dreadful.

Penny pinching.

Penny wise and pound foolish.

Penny wise, pound foolish.


People are like chameleons; circumstances make them change their colour.

People like to be surprised - but with what they expect.
Tristan Bernard (1866 - 1947)

People should not talk while they are eating or pepper may go down the wrong way.

People that live in glass houses should not throw stones.

People that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

People think that the poor are not as wise as the rich, for if a man be wise, why is he poor?

People who drink to drown their sorrows, should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.

People who have, get more.

People who have, get.

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Pep Talk.

Per cent versus Percent.
en] Confusing Words

Perfect is the enemy of good.

Perfect pitch.

Perfect Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
The six P's.

Perfect Storm.

Performed to a T.

Person versus People.
en] Confusing Words

Personal versus Personnel.
en] Confusing Words

Persons versus People.
en] Confusing Words

Pester power.

Pet Peeve.

Peter out.

Pete's Sake.

Petty cash.

Phenomenon versus Phenomena.
en] Confusing Words

Philosophy begins in wonder, and at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Phone it in.

Photo bomb.

Photoshoot versus Photo Shoot.
en] Confusing Words

Phrases and sayings quiz.

Phrases coined by walter Scott.

Phrases that people get wrong.

Physician heal thyself.

Physician, heal thyself.

Pick a Fight.

Pick 'n' mix.

Pick somebody's brain.
en] Ask someone many questions so you can learn from him or her.

Pick Up the Slack.

Pick Up the Tab.

Pick up your ears.

Pick your battles.

Pickup versus Pick Up.
en] Confusing Words

Picture paints a thousand words.


Pie in the Sky.

Piece of cake.

Piece of Mind versus Peace of Mind.
en] Confusing Words

Piece of piss.

Piece of the action.

Pig and whistle.

Pig In A Poke.

Pig out.
en] To eat a lot.




Pig's ear.

Pigs might fly.

Pile it high, sell it cheap.

Pile it on thick.
en] Someone is exaggerating, often in an attempt at flattery.

Pin money.

Pin Someone Down.

Pinch Pennies.

Pinching Pennies.

Pink Slip.

Pins and Needles.

Pipe down.

Pipe down.
en] To be quiet.

Pipe Dream.

Piping Hot.

Pipped to the Post.

Pissing Contest.

Pitch black.

Pitch dark.

Pitchers have ears.

Plain sailing.

Plain versus Plane.
en] Confusing Words

Plates of meat.

Play Ball.

Play by ear.

Play Cat And Mouse.

Play Devil's advocate.

Play devil's advocate.
en] Argue against somebody just so you can hear his or her reasoning.

Play Ducks and Drakes.

Play fast and loose.

Play gooseberry.

Play Hardball.

Play it again Sam.

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