"It makes me nervous to see those kids outside just standing around; idle hands are the devils tools!"
If It's Not One Thing, It's Another
"First the car broke down, and now I can't find my keys! If it's not one thing,
In And Out
"I know this city in and out."
In Over Your Head
"Go ahead and lead the meeting today; I'll help you out if you get in over your head."
In The Dark
"Did you know that today was her birthday?" Answer: "No, I was in the dark."
In The Doghouse
"You kids will be in the doghouse with your mother after that mess you made in her garden!"
In The Heat Of The Moment
"Sorry about what I said; I got caught up in the heat of the moment."
It Takes Two To Tango
"Her husband is awful; they fight all the time." Answer: "It takes two to tango."
It's A Small World
"Hey, it's funny seeing you here." Reply: "It's a small world."
Its Anyone's Call
"Who do you think will win this election?" Answer: "Its anyone's call."
Keep An Eye On Him
"I have to run to the bathroom. Can you keep an eye on my suitcase while I am gone?"
Labor Of Love
"Taking care of this dog is a labor of love."
Lend Me Your Ear
"Friends, Romans, countrymen; lend me your ear."
Let Bygones Be Bygones
"You and I have had our disagreements; let's let bygones be bygones."
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
"I wanted to ask her what she thought of her ex-husband, but I figured it was better to let sleeping dogs lie."
Let The Cat Out Of The Bag
"Bob didn't tell anyone that he was sick, but his wife let the cat out of the bag."
Mad As A Hatter
"Everybody in my family knew that our uncle was as mad as a hatter."
Method To My Madness
"Give me a moment to explain; there is method to my madness."
Neck And Neck
"They're coming around the final corner. They're neck and neck!"
Neither A Borrower, Nor A Lender Be
"Could you lend me twenty dollars?" Answer: "Sorry, neither a borrower nor a lender be."
Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You
"We have been your best customers for years. How could you suddenly treat us so rudely? You should never bite the hand that feeds you."
Nose Out Of Joint
"We were only joking; don't get your nose out of joint."
Not A Chance
"Do you think you will be able to finish your report by five o'clock today?" Answer: "Not a chance. I'll be busy in meetings all day."
"Guns are off limits within New York City."
Off On The Wrong Foot
"Let's try to start on time tomorrow and get off on the right foot."
Off The Hook
"You're lucky; it turns out that Dad never heard you come in late last night." Answer: "Great, that means I'm off the hook!"
On Pins And Needles
"Jean was on pins and needles the whole time her father was in the hospital."
On The Fence
"Has he decided whether he will take the job yet?" Answer: "No, he's still on the fence."
On The Same Page
"Before we make any decisions today, I'd like to make sure that everyone is on the same page."
On Top Of The World
"What a great time we had that night; we were on top of the world!"
On Your Last Leg
"I would be glad to sell you my car, but I must tell you that it is on its last leg."
On Your Mind
"You have been on my mind all day."
One For The Road
"Bartender- I'll have one more whiskey for the road."
Out And About
"Where have you been all day?" Answer: "Oh, out and about."
Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
"I meant to read that book, but as soon as I put it down, I forgot about it." Answer: "Out of sight, out of mind."
Out Of The Blue
"Why did she do that?" Answer: "I have no idea. It was completely out of the blue."
Out Of The Frying Pan And Into The Fire
"I didn't like that job because I was working too hard. Yet in this new job I work even harder!" Answer: "Out of the frying pan and into the fire."
Out Of The Woods
"Joe was sick two weeks ago and we were very worried, but now it looks like he is out of the woods."
Out Of Your Element
"He is a great tennis player on the hard courts, but he is out of his element on grno."
Out On A Limb
"I want this project to succeed just as much as you do, but I am not willing to go out on a limb."
Out On The Town
"Do you want to join us tonight? We're going out on the town."
Over My Dead Body
"All of my friends are going out to the lake tonight and I'm going too!" Answer: "Over my dead body you are!"
Par For The Course
"I get sick every time I travel." Answer: "That's just par for the course."
"We've worked so hard to save money that if we took a vacation now it would be penny-wise, pound-foolish."
People Who Live In Glno Houses Should Not Throw Stones
"Look at what time it is... you are late again!" Answer: "Hey, how often are you not on time? People who live in glno houses should not throw stones."
Practice Makes Perfect
"You see how quickly you are getting better at the piano! Practice makes perfect!"
Practice What You Preach
"Good managers always lead by example and practice what they preach."
Preaching To The Choir
"You don't need to tell me this project is important; you're preaching to the choir."
Protest Too Much
"Do you think he is telling the truth?" Answer: "I think he protests too much."
Pulling Your Leg
"I want to ask you a question and I would like an honest answer; no pulling my leg."
Put Your Best Foot Forward
"I want you to get out on that field and put your best foot forward!"
Put Your Foot In Your Mouth
"Let's all be very careful what we say at the meeting tomorrow. I don't want anyone putting their foot in their mouth."
"Have you two boys been out raising cain again?"
Rock The Boat
"Everybody wants to go except for you. Why do you have to rock the boat?"
Roll Out The Red Carpet
"We are all so excited about your coming home that we're going to roll out the red carpet."
Rome Was Not Built In One Day
"It is taking me a long time to write this computer program." Answer: "Rome was not built in one day."
"Well, I know how to get there in a round about way, but maybe we should check the map."
Rub Salt In An Old Wound
"Oh please, let's not rub salt in old wounds!"
"It has always been second nature for me to draw with both hands."
Shake A Leg
"They are waiting outside in the car; let's shake a leg!"
Sick As A Dog
"I heard you were uncomfortable yesterday." Answer: "Uncomfortable? I was as sick as a dog!"
Sink Or Swim
"When we interview new teachers, we just put them in with the students and see how they do. It's sink or swim."
Six Of One, A Half-Dozen Of The Other
Example: "I say she's a stewardess. She says she's a flight attendant. It's six of one, a half-dozen of the other."
Skeletons In The Closet
"I had only known her for one week. How could I know what skeletons she had in her closet?"
Split Down The Middle
"The election is split down the middle with no clear winner at the moment."
Start From Scratch
"How are you going to build your business?" Answer: "Just like everyone else does: starting from scratch."
The Apple Of Your Eye
"Even when they were young, she was always the apple of his eye."
The Ball Is In Your Court
"My uncle helped me to get an interview at his company, now the ball is in my court."
The Best Of Both Worlds
"My wife and I bought one house in Paris and one in New York; it gives us the best of both worlds."
The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall
"Are you worried that he might be too strong?" Answer: "No I'm not. He is big, but the bigger they are, the harder they fall."
The Devil Is In The Details
"I can sketch a basic outline of the plan for you and it may look very simple, but the devil is in the details."
The Early Bird Catches The Worm
"I always arrive at work 30 minutes early; the early bird catches the worm!"
The Ends Justify The Means
"I agree with your goal, but the ends do not justify the means."
The Jury Is Out
"Its hard to say if what we did was the right thing. The jury is still out on it."
The Pot Calling The Kettle Black
"Here comes the guy who is always late for work." Answer: "Aren't you the pot calling the kettle black?"
The Pros And Cons
"I've considered the pros and cons and I've decided: it is going to be expensive, but I still want to go to college."
The Sky Is The Limit
"After I graduate from business school, the sky's the limit!"
The Straw That Broke The Camel's Back
"You've been rude to me all day, and I've had it. That's the last straw!"
The Writing On The Wall
"Can't you see the writing on the wall?"
"You two go on ahead without me. I don't want to be the third wheel."
Tie The Knot
"Did you hear about Dan and Jenny? They finally decided to tie the knot!"
To Err Is Human, To Forgive Divine
"I will never forgive my mother for what she has done!" Answer: "Don't be angry at her. To err is human, to forgive divine."
Tooth And Nail
"That was a tough match; they fought us tooth and nail!"
Truer Words Were Never Spoken
"The earlier I get up, the better the day I have." Answer:" Truer words were never spoken."
Turn Over A New Leaf
"I'm turning over a new leaf; I've decided to quit smoking."
Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right
"That boy pushed me yesterday and I am going to get him back today!" Answer: "No you are not! Two wrongs do not make a right."
Two's Company; Three's a Crowd
"Why did you have to bring your sister? Two's company; three's a crowd!"
Under The Gun
"Everyone at the office has been working under the gun since the new manager arrived."
Under The Weather
"What's wrong?" Answer: "I'm a bit under the weather."
"We have been up against stronger opponents in the past."
Up For Grabs
"Quick- that table is up for grabs; let's get it before someone else does."
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
Example: "We were originally planning to go to Mexico on our vacation this year - like we did last year - but we decided to go to Egypt instead. Variety
is the spice of life!"
Water Under The Bridge
"Aren't you still angry about what he said?" Answer: "No, that was a long time ago. It's all water under the bridge."
Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve
"My brother always lets you know how he feels; he wears his heart on his sleeve."
What They Don't Know Won't Hurt Them
"Don't tell your father what happened; what he doesn't know won't hurt him."
When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do
"Are you sure we should eat this with our hands?" Answer: "Why not? All of these people are eating it that way. When in Rome, do as the Romans do!"
When It Rains, It Pours
"Sometimes we have no customers for two or three hours then suddenly we get 20 people all at once; when it rains, it pours!"
When Pigs Fly
"Would you ever take her on a date?" Answer: "Sure- when pigs fly!"
Wine And Dine
"That man is really is really crazy about my sister. He has been wining and dining her all month."
With Your Back Up Against The Wall
"I'm sorry I can't help you; I've got my back up against the wall."
Without A Doubt
"Are you going to watch the game tomorrow?" Answer: "Without a doubt!"
Word Of Mouth
"Where did you hear about that?" Answer: "Just word of mouth."
You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover
"He dresses in plain clothing and drives an ordinary car. Who would know he is the richest man in town? You can't judge a book by its cover!"
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine
"Excuse me, what time does the bus arrive?" Answer: "Your guess is as good as mine; I almost never take the bus."