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Play it by ear.
en] Not make a plan but instead decide what to do as you do it.

Play safe.

Play second fiddle.

Play silly buggers.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Play the field.

Play the giddy goat.

Play the Percentages.

Play the Ponies.

Play the race card.

Play With Fire.

Play Your Cards Right.

Play your cards right.
en] Make the appropriate moves/choices.

Play, women and wine undo men laughing.

Playing Catch Up.

Playing for Keeps.

Playing Opossum.

Plead the Fifth.

Pleaded versus Pled.
en] Confusing Words

Pleased as Punch.

Plough the watery deep.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book III, Line 357

Plow versus Plough.
en] Confusing Words

Pluck the day; Seize the day.
la] Carpe diem..

Plugged nickel.


Plus ša change.

Poetic justice.

Poetic license/artistic license.
widespread idiom
en] fanciful exaggeration or harmless dishonesty in describing something or stating a case; stylistic deviation from the norm aiming to produce greater artistic effect.

Poets are born, but orators are trained.

Point of No Return.

Point Percy at the porcelain.

Point the Finger At.

Point the finger.
en] Assign blame.

Point to point.



Poison Pill.

Poker Face.

Politeness costs nothing and gains everything.

Politically correct.

Politics makes strange bedfellows.

Polygamy versus Polygyny.
en] Confusing Words

Pommy bashing.

Pomp and circumstance.

Pond life.

Pony and trap.

Pony up.

Poor iron won't make a sharp sword.

Poor men have no souls.

Pop goes the weasel.

Pop One's Clogs.

Pop One's Cork.

Pop the Question.

Pop your clogs.

Popular fallacies - The Nonsense Nine.

Popular fallacies.

Pork pies.

Porky pies.

Port versus Starboard.
en] Confusing Words

POSH - Port out, starboard home.

Possession is nine points of the law.

Possession is nine-tenths of the law.

Pot Calling the Kettle Black.

Potatoes (or taters) in the mould.

Potatoes versus Potatos.
en] Confusing Words

Potemkin villages.
widespread idiom
en] false pretences; a deceptive front that conceals the miserable state of affairs behind the external splendor; something that appears elaborate and impressive but in actual fact lacks substance.

Potty mouth.

Pound of flesh.

Pound the pavement.
en] Walk the streets looking for a job.

Pour (Rub) Salt into (on) the Wound (an open wound).

Pour oil on troubled waters.

Pour oil on troubled waters.
en] Try to make people feel better and become friendly again after an argument.

Poverty and age suit very ill together.

Poverty is slavery.

Poverty is the mother of health.

Poverty parteth friends (o. fellowship).

Poverty without debt is real wealth.

Powder Keg.

Powder One's Nose.

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Power dressing.

Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Practice before you preach.

Practice makes perfect.

Practice versus Practise.
en] Confusing Words

Practice what you preach.

Practice with the left hand while the right is still there.

Praise from a friend, or censure from a foe,
Are lost on hearers that our merits know.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book X, Line 293

Praise of the moon the god.

Prank call or crank call.

Pray for good harvest, but keep on hoeing.

Pray versus Prey.
en] Confusing Words

Praying at the porcelain altar.

Preach to the Choir, Preach to the Converted.

Preaching to the Choir.

Precede versus Proceed.
en] Confusing Words

Precedence versus Precedent.
en] Confusing Words

Pregnancy could not be covered with the hand.

Premier versus Premiere.
en] Confusing Words


Present company excepted.

Presents versus Presence.
en] Confusing Words

Press into service.

Press Your Luck.

Pressed for Time.

Pressure makes diamonds.

Presume versus Assume.
en] Confusing Words

Pretend you are dead and you will see who really loves you.

Pretense versus Pretence.
en] Confusing Words

Prettiness dies quickly.

Pretty kettle of fish.

Pretty Penny.

Prevention is better than cure.

Preventive versus Preventative.
en] Confusing Words

Price Yourself Out of the Market.

Prick up your ears.

Pride comes before a fall.

Pride comes before the (o. a) fall.

Pride cometh before a fall.

Pride goes before a fall.

Pride goeth before a fall.

Pride wenteth before a fall.

Prime time.

Primrose path.

Principal versus Principle.
en] Confusing Words

Prior versus Previous.
en] Confusing Words

Problems come in threes.

Procrastination is the thief of time.

Prodigal son.

Profit is a by-product of work; happiness is its chief product.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Prognosis versus Diagnosis.
en] Confusing Words

Program versus Programme.
en] Confusing Words

Prone versus Supine.
en] Confusing Words

Proof is in the pudding.

Proof versus Prove.
en] Confusing Words

Proscribe versus Prescribe.
en] Confusing Words

Prospective versus Perspective.
en] Confusing Words

Protagonist versus Antagonist.
en] Confusing Words

Proud ambition is but a beggar.

Proved versus Proven.
en] Confusing Words

Proverbs are the daughters of experience.

Proverbs are the lamp of speech.

Proverbs come in pairs.

Proverbs go in pairs.

Proverbs hunt in pairs.

Proverbs often come in pairs.

Proverbs run in pairs.

Proverbs should be sold in pairs.

Proverbs should be writ in pairs.

Proverbs should come in pairs.

Proverbs should go in pairs.

Providence is better then rent.

Psychology versus Psychiatry.
en] Confusing Words

Psychopath versus Sociopath.
en] Confusing Words

Puddle Jumper.

Pull a Fast One.

Pull a rabbit out of a hat.
en] Do something unexpected.

Pull down your hat on the wind side.

Pull in your horns.

Pull Out All the Stops.

Pull somebody's leg.
en] Tease, deceive, or fool someone.

Pull someone's leg.

Pull Strings.

Pull teeth.
en] Do something very difficult or unpleasant.

Pull the other one, it's got bells on.

Pull the Plug On.

Pull the plug.
en] To bring something to end or no longer continue to support something.

Pull the rug out from under.

Pull the wool over someone's eyes.

Pull the wool over your eyes.

Pull up stakes.

Pull up stakes.
en] To move or to leave a place.

Pull your finger out.

Pull your horns in.

Pull your weight.
en] Do your share of the work.

Pull yourself together.
en] Calm down and behave normally.

Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps.

Pulling one's leg.

Pulling your leg.
en] Just kidding or playing a joke.

Punch above one's weight.

Puppies And Rainbows.

Puppy Dog Eyes.

Puppy Love.

Pure as the Driven Snow.

Purple patch.

Purple prose.

Purposefully versus Purposely.
en] Confusing Words

Push on-keep moving.

Push the boat out.

Push the envelope.

Push the envelope.
en] To go beyond what is considered possible.

Push your luck.
en] Expect continued good fortune.

Pushing Up Daisies.

Put a beggar on horseback and he'll ride it to death.

Put a beggar on horseback and he'll ride to the devil.

Put a damper on.

Put a flea in someone's ear vs put a bug in someone's ear.

Put a sock in it.

Put a sock in it.
en] Stop talking.

Put a spanner in the works.

Put a Thumb on the Scale.

Put all your eggs in one basket.
en] Put all of something you have in the same area (generally viewed as a bad thing to do).

Put Down Roots.

Put himself upon his good behaviour.

Put in One's Two Cents.

Put Lipstick on a Pig.

Put on heirs or airs.

Put on the wooden overcoat.

Put on your thinking cap.

Put one's Face On.

Put Out Feelers.

Put paid to.

Put Someone on the Spot.

Put something on hold.
en] Postpone something.

Put something on ice.

Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke It.

Put the Best Face On (Something).

Put the Brakes On.

Put the Cart Before The Horse.

Put the Cat Among The Pigeons.

Put the Genie Back in the Bottle.

Put the mockers on.

Put the Pedal to the Metal.

Put the wood in the hole.

Put Two and Put Two Together.

Put Up with (Something).

Put up your dukes.

Put wool over other people's eyes.

Put Words Into Someone's Mouth.

Put your back up.

Put your best foot forward.

Put your foot down.
en] Insist, demand, or refuse.

Put Your Foot In Your Mouth.

Put your mind to it.
en] Channel your effort toward a particular goal.

Put your money where your mouth is.

Put your nose out of joint.

Put your toong in your purse.

Putting on the Ritz.

Pyrric victory.

Quake In One's Boots.

Quality time.

Quantum leap.

Quarrels end, but words once spoken never die.

Quarter Past.

Quarter To/Of.

Queer as a nine bob note.

Queer street.

Queer the pitch.

Quick and Dirty.

Quick as a Flash.

Quick on the Draw.


Quicker than lager turns to piss.

Quid pro quo.

Quiet as a Mouse.

Quiet people are like still water their deep.

Quite versus Quiet.
en] Confusing Words


Quote Unquote.

Rabbit and pork.

Race Against Time.

Race on Sunday, sell on Monday.

Race versus Ethnicity.
en] Confusing Words

Rack and ruin.

Rack your brains.

Racket versus Racquet.
en] Confusing Words

Rag head.

Rag, tag and bobtail.

Rag-and-bone man.

Rags to riches.

Rain beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots.

Rain before seven, fine before eleven.

Rain cats and dogs.
en] To rain very heavily.

Rain check.
en] A commitment that something will happen at a later time.

Rain does not fall on one roof alone.

Rain on someone's parade.

Rain on Your Parade.

Rain or shine.
en] No matter what happens.

Rain wets the leopard's spots, but it doesn't wash them off.


Raining cats and dogs.

Raining stair-rods.

Raise (a few) eyebrows.
en] Make people slightly shocked or surprised.

Raise (Someone's) Hackles.

Raise a stink.
en] Complain loudly.

Raise Cain.

Raise One's Voice.

Raise Red Flags.

Raise the bar.
en] Raise standards or expectations.

Raise the Roof.

Raising Cain.

Rake (Someone) Over the Coals.

Rake Over the Ashes.

Ramrod straight and ramrod through.

Rank and File.

Raspberry tart.

Rat arsed.

Rather I choose laboriously to bear
A weight of woes and breathe the vital air,
A slave to some poor hind that toils for bread,
Than reign the sceptred monarch of the dead.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book XI, Line 597

Rational versus Rationale.
en] Confusing Words

Raze to the ground.

Reached the Breaking Point.

Read between the lines.

Read between the lines.
en] Find the hidden meaning in something that is written or said.
en] To figure out the underlying meaning of something that is not explicitly stated or noticeable.

Read the fine print and read the small print.

Read the riot act.

Read the Tea Leaves.

Read versus Read.
en] Confusing Words

Reading Scripture in front of a donkey.

Ready money will away.

Ready, fire, aim.

Real McCoy.

Real men don't eat quiche.

Reality is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.

Reality is often stranger than fiction.

Rear Its Ugly Head (said of a problem or something unpleasant).

Rearrange the Deck Chairs on the Titanic.

Reckless versus Wreckless.
en] Confusing Words

Reckless youth makes rueful age.

Reckon right and February hath thirty one days.

Recognise versus Recognize.
en] Confusing Words

Recur versus Reoccur.
en] Confusing Words

Red Flag.

Red Herring.

Red in tooth and claw.

Red letter day.

Red Meat.

Red sky at night ....

Red sky at night shepherd's delight; red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning.

Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight.

Red tape.

Red tape.
en] Rules and regulations that prevent you from achieving something easily.

Red-handed (caught).

Red-handed caught.

Red-Letter Day.

Red-Light District.

Reduplicated phrases.

Reel versus Real.
en] Confusing Words

Reflect that God, who makes the storm desist,
Can make an angry violent heart subside.
Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book, VII.: Pompilia,

Regime versus Regimen.
en] Confusing Words

Regimen versus Regiment.
en] Confusing Words

Regrets are much like grandchildren; they come much later.

Regrets are useless and weakening, therefore cannot benefit you, but will depress and render you less capable of successfid achievement.

Reinvent the Wheel.

Related: Talk is cheap.

Religion is the opium of the people.

Remember that in all miseries lamenting becomes fools, and action, wise folk.
Sir P. Sidney

Remember that it is not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts, but the view we take of these things as insulting. When, therefore, any one provokes you, be assured that it is your own opinion which provokes you.

Remember the wisdom of your ancestors in order to become wise.

Remember your ancestors because you're not better than them.

Remove an old tree, and it will wither to death.

Removing a peace of yam from the pot of yam doesn't stop the rest from cooking.

Remuneration versus Renumeration.
en] Confusing Words

Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's.

Renounce versus Denounce.
en] Confusing Words

Repetition is the mother of knowledge.

Repetition is the mother of memory.
la] Repetitio mater memoriae.

Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.

Repression versus Suppression.
en] Confusing Words

Reputation Precedes You.

Resilience versus Resiliency.
en] Confusing Words

Respect yourself, and you will get it back.

Respice finem.

Rest on his laurels.

Rest on one's Laurels.

Rest up.

Restless feet may walk into a snake pit.

Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you.

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Revenge is sweet.

Revenge porn.

Rhyme nor reason.

Rhyming slang.

Rich apricots, that breathed of mountain flowers.
Frederick Tennyson, Daphne, etc.: Hesperides, Hesperia

Richard of York gave battle in vain.

Richard the Third.

Riches are but the baggage of Fortune.

Riches are like muck which stink in a heap, but spread abroad, make the earth fruitful.

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross.

Ride on someone's coattails and coattail effect.

Riding High.

Riding shotgun.


Right actions are our life preservers.

Right as Rain.

Right on the money.
en] Exactly right.

Right thoughts have tremendous power in bringing about success.

Right Under (One's) Nose.

Right-Hand Man.

Riley - the life of.

Rime versus Rhyme.
en] Confusing Words

Ring a Bell.

Ring a ring o'roses, a pocketful of posies, atishoo, atishoo, all fall down.

Ring down the curtain.

Ring fencing.

Ring the changes.



Rise and shine.

Rise and shine.
en] A saying used to tell someone to get out of bed.

Rite versus Right.
en] Confusing Words

Road apples.

Road rage.

Road versus Rode.
en] Confusing Words

Roaring lions kill no prey.

Roasted to a turn.

Rob Peter to pay Paul.

Rob the Cradle.

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.

Robbing the Cradle.

Rock and roll.

Rock Bottom.

Rock the boat.
en] Go against the status quo.

Role Call versus Roll Call.
en] Confusing Words

Role versus Roll.
en] Confusing Words

Roll Out versus Rollout.
en] Confusing Words

Roll the Dice On.

Roll With the Punches.

Romance without finance
don't stand a chance.

Rome was not built in one day.

Rome wasn't built in a day.

Rome wasn't burned in a day.

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

Roofs versus Rooves.
en] Confusing Words

Rookie Mistake.

Rooster makes mo' racket dan de hen w'at lay de aig.

Root versus Route.
en] Confusing Words

Roots do not know what a leaf has in mind.

Rose is a rose is a rose.

Rosie Lea.

Rotten to the Core.

Rough diamond.

Round and Round it Goes.

Round Robin.

Round table.
widespread idiom
en] an assembly for discussion, especially at a conference.

Route one.

Rub (Something) in Someone's Face.

Rub It In.

Rub of the green.

Rub Someone's Nose in (Something).

Rub the wrong way.
en] Irritate or annoy.

Rubber-Stamp (v.).

Rubbing Elbows With.

Rubbish in, rubbish out.

Ruby Murray.

Rule of thumb.

Rule of thumb.
en] A general guideline.

Rules are made to be broken.

Rules are rules.

Rules is rules.

Rules were meant to be broken.

Ruling one's anger well is not so good as preventing it.

Rum do.


Run a mile.

Run a Tight Ship.

Run Amok versus Run Amuck.
en] Confusing Words

Run amok.

Run in the Family.

Run into a Buzz.

Run like the wind.

Run of the mill.

Run off at the Mouth.

Run on Fumes.

Run out of steam.

Run out of steam.
en] To lose the energy or motivation to do something.

Run rings around.

Run the gauntlet.

Run the Table.

Running a Fever.

Running a Temperature.

Running on fumes.
en] Staying awake when feeling exhausted.

Running water can never jump over a hole in the ground.

en] Typical.

Sabbatical year.
widespread idiom
en] a period of time where one is liberated from professional activity.

Sacred Cow.


Saddle up.
en] To get ready to leave.

Safe and sound.
en] Safe.

Safe bind, safe find.

Safe sex.

Said the actress to the bishop.

Said: What would the blind want ? Said: A bag of eyes.

Sail close to the wind.
en] Act just within the limits of what's legal or socially acceptable.

Salad days.

Sally moved out of her parents house again, I think it's for good this time.

Salmon and Sermon have their season in Lent.

Salt of the earth.
en] Honest and good.

Salt preserves meat, but what can be done with salt if it is bad.

Same donkey, different saddle.

San fairy Ann.

Sandwich short of a picnic.

Sang versus Sung.
en] Confusing Words

Sanity is the playground for the unimaginative.

Sank versus Sunk.
en] Confusing Words

Sauce for the goose.

Save face.

Save for the man on the white horse.
i] For old age.

Save one's bacon.

Saved by the bell.

Saving for a rainy day.

Saving Grace.

Saviour versus Savior.
en] Confusing Words

Savoir faire.

Say cheese.

Say goodnight Gracie.

Say no from the start; you will have rest.

Say no ill of the year till it be past.

Say one's peace vs piece.

Say something nice or say nothing at all.

Saying salaam is a sign of true faith.

Scandal is like an egg; when it is hatched it has wings.


Scare the Living Daylights Out of Someone.

Scared out of his seven senses.

Scared to death.
en] Extremely frightened.

Scared versus Scarred.
en] Confusing Words

Scarfs versus Scarves.
en] Confusing Words

Scarper Flow.


School Of Hard Knocks.

Scientia potentia est.

Scissor versus Scissors.
en] Confusing Words

Scope out.
en] Investigate.

Scorched Earth (Tactics, Policy, etc.).


en] To not get punished.

Scrape together.

Scratch Paper.

Scratch the surface.
en] Barely begin.

Screw The Pooch.

Screw Your Courage to the Sticking Place.

Scrub up.

Scuse me while I kiss this guy.

'Scuse me while I kiss this guy.

Sea change.

Sealed with a loving kiss.

Seam versus Seem.
en] Confusing Words

Search for a friend with no faults and you will remain with no friends.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

Second Banana.

Second hand.
en] Something that has been used and is no longer new.

Second Stringer.

Second Wind.


Secret wrath like smother'd fuel
Burnt in each man's blood.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Captain

Secure the three things, virtue, wealth and happiness, they will serve as a staff in old age.

Security blanket.

See a pin and pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, bad luck you'll have all day.

See auld lang syne.

See eye to eye.
en] Have the same views on something.
en] When two parties agree on an issue.

See Naples and die.

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

See red.

See red.
en] To become uncontrollably or irrationally angry.

See Something Out of the Corner of Your Eye.

See the Light at the End of the Tunnel.

Seeing is believing.

Seeing is better than hearing.

Seeing is different than being told.

Seek and ye shall find.

Seek and ye shall find.
Christian New Testament

Seek and you shall find.

Seek counsel of him who makes you weep, and not of him who makes you laugh.

Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

Seek simplicity, and distrust it.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947)

Seen better days.

Seen versus Saw.
en] Confusing Words

Segway versus Segue.
en] Confusing Words

Seize (Take) the Bull By the Horns.

Seize the Day.

Self trust is the first secret of success.

Sell (Someone) a Bill of Goods.

Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, he eats for the rest of his life.
Karl Marx

Sell in May and go away.

Sell in May and stay away.

Sell in May then go away.

Sell in May, then go away.

Sell in May, then stay away.

Sell in May.

Sell like hot cakes.
en] Sell fast.

Sell Like Hotcakes.

Selling like hotcakes.

Selling Point.

Send a boy where he wants to go and you see his best pace.

Send packing.

Senior citizen.

Sensuous versus Sensual.
en] Confusing Words

Sent to Coventry.

Separate the sheep from the goats.

Separate the Wheat from the Chaff.

Separate versus Seperate.
en] Confusing Words

Serigraph versus Lithograph.
en] Confusing Words

Serious as a Heart Attack.

Set a beggar on horseback and he'll ride to the Devil.

Set a thief to catch a thief.

Set all at sixe and seven.

Set in Stone.

Set one's cap at.

Set out on your own resources, and assume your own responsibilities and independence; it will develop the best that is in you.

Set something to Music.

Set the Bar (Too) High.

Set the record straight.
en] Clarify what is true/factual about a story or thing.

Set the Thames on Fire.

Set the World on Fire.

Set your heart on something.
en] Be firmly resolved to do something.

Set your teeth on edge.

Setup versus Set up.
en] Confusing Words

Seven trades but no luck.

Seven-year itch.

Several repeated visits to the mud pit enable the wasp to build its house.

Sex and shopping.

Sexton Blake.

Shaggy dog story.

Shake a leg.

Shake a leg.
en] Hurry.

Shake the Dust off Your Shoes (Feet).

Shakers and movers.

Shakes his ambrosial curls, and gives the nod, -
The stamp of fate, and sanction of the god.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book I, Line 684

Shaking in My Boots.

Shaking Like a Leaf.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Shall never be without a whore and a jade.

Shall we kill a snake and carry it in our hand when we have a bag for putting long things in?

Shallow brooks are noisy.


Shame to the house where the hen crows and the cock is silent.

Shanks' mare.

Shanks' mare/shanks' pony.

Shanks' pony.

Shape up or ship out.

Shape up or ship out.
en] Either start performing better or leave.

Share and share alike.

Sharp as A Tack.

She doesn't like going to parties because it is out of her comfort zone.
en] Dish the dirtMeaning:

She is beautiful; she has love, understands; she respects herself and others; everyone likes, loves and honours her; she is a goddess.

She is not very smart, she is such a bimbo.
en] Comfort zoneMeaning:

She kept an album, too, at home,
Well filled with all an album's glories;
Paintings of butterflies, and Rome,
Patterns for trimmings, Persian stories.
W. M. Praed, The Belle of the Ball-Room

She moves a goddess, and she looks a queen.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book III, Line 208

She who gives birth to triplets cannot ask for a third breast.

She who grinds millet should have wisdom about rainy clouds and winds.

Shelf versus Shelve.
en] Confusing Words

Shell Game.

Sherbet versus Sherbert.
en] Confusing Words

Shift Gears.


Shined versus Shone.
en] Confusing Words

Ship shape and Bristol fashion.

Ships fear fire more then water.

Shipshape And Bristol Fashion.

Shit a Brick.

Shit for brains.

Shit or get off the pot.

Shiver my timbers.


Shoemaker, not above the sandal

Shoemaker, stick to your last.

Shoo-in versus Shoe-in.
en] Confusing Words

en] Something or someone that is sure to win an election or competition.

Shoot down in flames.

Shoot from the hip.
en] Speak directly.

Shoot Off One's Mouth.

Shoot Oneself In The Foot.

Shoot straight.

Shoot the breeze.
en] Talk or converse idly.

Shoot through.

Shooting Fish in a Barrel.

Shore up.

Short Fuse.

Short is my date, but deathless my renown.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book IX, Line 333

Short reckonings make long friends.

Short shrift.

Shot across the bows.

Shot in the arm.

Shot in the dark.

Shoulder A Weight Off Your Shoulders.

Shovel ready.

Show a leg - see shake a leg.

Show Me an X And I'll Show You a Y.

Show One's True Colors.

Show Your Cards.

Show your mettle.

Show, don't tell.

Shrinking violet.

Shrouds have no pockets.

Shrug off.
en] Minimize the importance of something.

Shudder versus Shutter.
en] Confusing Words

Shuffle off this mortal coil.

Shut your cake-hole.

Shut Your Pie Hole.

Shy bairns get noot.

Shy bairns get nowt.

Siamese twins.

Sick and Tired of.

Sick As A Dog.

Sick as a Parrot.

Side boob.

Sight for Sore Eyes.

Sightseeing versus Site Seeing.
en] Confusing Words

Sign up versus Sign-up.
en] Confusing Words

Silence brings wisdom of the ancestors.

Silence cannot be misquoted.

Silence doth seldom harm.

Silence gives rise to peace and with peace comes security.

Silence is golden.

Silence is the best ornament of a woman.

Silks and Sattins put out the fire in the kitchin.

Silly Billy.

Silly season.

Silver bullet.

Silver fox.

Silver lining - every cloud has a.

Silver lining.

Silver surfer.

Silver threads amongst the gold.

Silver tongued.


Simmer Down.

Sing a Different Tune.

Sink or Swim.

Sisters before misters.

Sit in your place and none can make you rise.

Sit On (Something).

Sit on the fence.
en] Stay neutral and not take sides.

Sit shotgun.
en] To sit in the front passenger seat.

Sit tight.
en] Wait patiently.

Sitting Duck.

Sitting pretty.

Sitting pretty.
en] In a good financial situation.

Sitting Shotgun.

Six Feet Under.

Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Six Ways to (from) Sunday.

Sixth sense.
en] The ability to perceive things beyond the use of the 5 senses.

Sizable versus Sizeable.
en] Confusing Words

Skeleton crew.
en] The minimum number of people needed to keep a service/office operating.

Skeleton in the closet.

Skeleton versus Luge.
en] Confusing Words

Skeletons in the Closet.

Skid row.

Skid row.
en] Skid row is the part of town where you would find the homeless, alcoholics and drug addicts.

Skillset versus Skill Set.
en] Confusing Words

Skin and blister.

Slam Dunk.

Slander leaves a score behind it.
la] Calumniare fortiter aliquid adhaerebit.

Slander versus Libel.
en] Confusing Words

Slashing isn't digging nor is digging called sowing.

Sleep and Death, two twins of winged race,
Of matchless swiftness, but of silent pace.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Iliad, Book XVI, Line 831

Sleep is the cousin of death.

Sleep is the cousin of death.

Sleep Like a Baby.

Sleep like a top.

Sleep on a clothesline.

Sleep Tight.

Sleep with the Fishes.

Sleeveless errand.

Sleight of hand.

Slip Someone a Mickey.

Slippery Slope.

Sloane Ranger.

Sloth turneth the edge of wit.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Slow but sure wins the race.

Slow but sure.

Slow on the Uptake.

Slow pass our days
In childhood, and the hours of light are long
Betwixt the morn and eve; with swifter lapse
They glide in manhood, and in age they fly;
Till days and seasons flit before the mind
As flit the snow-flakes in a winter storm,
Seen rather than distinguished.
W. C. Bryant, The Old Man's Counsel

Slower than Molasses.

Slowly but surely wins the race.

Slowly but surely.
widespread idiom
en] slowly but consistently, constantly.

Slush fund.

Small Beer.

Small Fry.

Small matters breed important ones.

Small Potatoes.

Small talk.
en] Discussion about light topics such as the weather.

Smart casual.

Smart people get the point from a single hint.

Smartphone versus Smart phone.
en] Confusing Words

Smarty-pants and smarty-boots.

Smell a rat.

Smell something fishy.

Smelled or Smelt.
en] Confusing Words

Smile, and the world smiles with you; cry, and you cry alone.

Smile... heaven is watching.

Smoke and a Pancake.

Smoke and mirrors.

Smokey versus Smoky.
en] Confusing Words

Smoking Gun.

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

Smooth versus Smoothe.
en] Confusing Words


Snake at your feet - a stick at your hand!

Snake Eyes.

Snake in the grass.
en] A untrustworthy person.

Snake oil, snake-oil salesman.

Snake Oil.

Sneak Peek.

Sneaked versus Snuck.
en] Confusing Words

Sniff test.

Snowed under.

Snug as a bug in a rug.

So ends the bloody business of the day.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book XXII, Line 516

So far so good.

So Hungry I Could Eat a Horse.

So long as he's American, it mattereth not the least;
Whether his crest be badger, bear, palmetto, sword, or pine,
His is the glory of the stars that with the stripes combine.
Wherever he be, whate'er his lot, he's eager to be known,
Not by his mortal name, but by his country's name alone.
Eugene Field, Second Book of Verse: John Smith

So obliging that he ne'er oblig'd.

So sue me.

So was hir jolly whistel wel y-wette.

Soak Up the Sun.


Society is like a pot it can't carry water when its broken.

Sod's Law.

Softly, softly, catchee monkey.

Sold a Bill of Goods.

Sold down the river.

Sold On (Something).

Sold you out.
en] Told on you or let your secret out.

Soldier on.
en] To continue to do an difficult task despite pain or setbacks.

Soldiers don't cry.

Sole versus Soul.
en] Confusing Words

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

Some birds are not meant to be caged there feathers are to blight and there meant to fly.

Some day the ethics of business will be universally recognized, and in that day business will be seen to be the oldest and most useful of all the professions.
Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)

Some days you get the bear, other days the bear gets you.

Some Eggs.

Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.
Willa Sibert Cather (1873 - 1947)

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men, have mediocrity thrust upon them.

Some men wonder over God's values, others over the cut of a garment.

Some odd.

Some People are Born Great.

Some persons of weak understanding are so sensible ot that weakness, as to be able to make a good use of it.

Someday versus Some Day.
en] Confusing Words

Someone is walking over my grave.

Someone versus Somebody.
en] Confusing Words

Someone who doesn't listen to others deserves not to be listened too.

Someone who gossips to you will gossip about you.

Someone who wants everything looses everything.

Someone would turn in his/her grave.
widespread idiom
en] someone (a dead person) would be very angry or upset about something which is happening now, if they knew about it.

Someone's (last) hour has come.
widespread idiom
en] someone's death is close.

Someone's days are numbered.
widespread idiom
en] someone is approaching the end of their life or existence; they will not exist for much longer.

Someone's Fingerprints Are All Over (Something).

Someone's hands are tied/to be tied/bound hand and foot.
widespread idiom
en] to be unable to act because of some restrictions or hindrances, to have obligations which severely restrict one's unable to free oneself.

Someone's mouth waters.
widespread idiom
en] someone gets a big appetite, a great desire for something (that is very attractive or appealing).

Someone's share price is falling (German: jemandes Aktien fallen).
widespread idiom
en] someone's reputation, popularity, prospects of success, etc. are getting worse.

Someone's share price is rising (German: jemandes Aktien steigen).
widespread idiom
en] someone's reputation, popularity, prospects of success, etc. are getting better.

Something beat the Drum for.

Something for the weekend sir?

Something given that way.

Something is better than nothing.

Something nasty in the woodshed.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Something slips your mind.
en] You forget or overlook something.

Something that doesn't talk how does it refuse.

Something to Crow.

Something versus Some Thing.
en] Confusing Words

Something you think that is nice when you get into contact with it, it seizes to be nice.

Something/a word is on the tip of someone's tongue.
widespread idiom
en] someone wants to utter something, to bring a particular word, name etc. to mind, but is unable to remember it at the moment.

Sometime versus Some Time.
en] Confusing Words

Sometimes a lie is kinder than a truth.

Sometimes the face can tell what the lips can't say.

Sometimes the spirits speaks for you and sometimes the spirits makes you speak.

Sometimes versus Some Times.
en] Confusing Words

Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you.

Sometimes you need to die in order to live again.

Son of a bitch.

Son of a gun.

Soon as the early, rosy-fingered dawn appeared.
HOMER, Circa 850 b. c., Odyssey, Book II, Line 1

Soon todd soon with God.

Sop to Cerebus.

Sore Point.

Sore versus Soar.
en] Confusing Words

Sorrow is good for nothing but sin.

Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends.

Sorrow may sadden your face but it sharpens your understanding.

Sorry sight.

Souldiers in peace are like chimneys in summer.

Sound bite.

Sound out.

Soup up.

Sour grapes.

Sour grapes.
en] Something said out of jealousy.


Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.

Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

Sow wild oats.

Space, the final frontier.

Spare no Expense.

Spare the rod and spoil the child.

Spare the rod, spoil the child.

Spare your breath to cool your porridge.

Sparrow fart.

Spatter versus Splatter.
en] Confusing Words

Speak as you find.

Speak evil of no one, and lessen life's greatest woes.

Speak of the absent as tho' they were by,
And heard thy faintest whisper; lest perchance
Ill tongues should wing ill words, as winds that blow
Sparks into angry flames.
Frederick Tennyson, Isles of Greece

Speak of the Devil (and He Shall Appear).

Speak of the devil and he appears.

Speak of the devil.

Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice.

Speak softly and carry a big stick.

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

Speak with A Plum in (one's) Mouth.

Speak your mind.
en] Say what you honestly feel.

Speak/talk of the devil (and he will appear).
widespread idiom
en] when someone who was being discussed in conversation enters the area of those conversing.

Special relationship.

Specialty versus Speciality.
en] Confusing Words

Spectre versus Specter.
en] Confusing Words

Speech is silver, but silence is golden.

Speech is silver, silence is gold.

Speech is silver, silence is golden.

Speech is the picture of the mind.

Spelling of Pillow.
en] Confusing Words


Spelt versus Spelled.
en] Confusing Words

Spend a penny.

Spend and be free, but make no waste.

Spick and Span.

Spill the beans.

Spill the beans.
en] Reveal a secret.

Spilled versus Spilt.
en] Confusing Words

Spin A Yarn.

Spin doctor.

Spin One's Wheels.

Spit and image vs. spitting image.

Spit into The Wind.

Spitters are quitters.

Spitting feathers.

Spitting image.

Spitting image.
en] To look identical.

Spoiled versus Spoilt.
en] Confusing Words

Spoiler alert.

Spoiling for a Fight.


Spread versus Spreaded.
en] Confusing Words

Spring Ahead, Fall Back.

Spring forward, fall back.

Spring sits and shivers at the porch of light:
April goes weeping on her road to May.
Lord de Tabley, Poems Dramatic and Lyrical: Ode to Pan

Spruced Up.


Spur of the Moment.

Square meal.

Square the Circle.

Squared away.
en] To properly complete a task.

Squeaky bum time.

Squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Squeaky wheels get oiled.

Stab someone in the back.

Stalactite versus Stalagmite.
en] Confusing Words

Stalking Horse.

Stand (Someone) In Good Stead.

Stand and deliver.

Stand On One's Own Two Feet.

Stand One's Ground.

Stand up guy.

Stand your ground.
en] Firmly maintain your opinion or position.

Standalone versus Stand alone.
en] Confusing Words

Standing on Ceremony.

Standing on the shoulders of giants.

Stank versus Stunk.
en] Confusing Words

Star-crossed lovers.

Stark, raving mad.

Start From Scratch.

Start from where you are.

Start with a Clean Slate.

State of the Art versus State-of-the-Art.
en] Confusing Words

Stationary versus Stationery.
en] Confusing Words

Stayed versus Staid.
en] Confusing Words

Staying near the anthill turned the antelope brown.

Steal a march.

Steal a pig and give the trotters for God's sake.

Steal my goose and stick me down a feather.

Steal my thunder.

Steal someone's thunder.

Steal the goose and give the giblets in alms.

Steal versus Steel.
en] Confusing Words

Steer Clear versus Stear Clear.
en] Confusing Words

Stem the Tide.

Stent versus Stint.
en] Confusing Words

Step after step the ladder is ascended.

Step on Your Toes.

Step Up One's Game.

Step up to the mark.

Step Up to the Plate.

Step up your game.
en] Start performing better.

Stick in the Mud.

Stick it in Your Ear.

Stick It to the Man.

Stick Your Nose into Something.

Sticker Shock.


Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Sticks and stones may break my bones.

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.

Sticks in a bundle cannot be broken.

Sticks in a bundle can't be broken.

Sticky Wicket.

Stiff upper lip.

Stiffen the sinews.


Still water runs deep.

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