Common Phrases

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What Does the Cheese Stands Alone Mean?

The cheese stands alone: This common phrase may be familiar from your childhood.

What Does 40 Winks Mean?

Have you ever come across the expression 40 winks and wondered what it meant?

What Does Let the Dead Bury the Dead Mean?

Have you ever heard or read the expression let the dead bury the dead and wondered what it meant?

What Does Discretion Is the Better Part of Valor Mean?

That’s the case with the idiom and proverb discretion is the better part of valor. Read on to find out which of Shakespeare’s plays contains the expression

What Does There But for the Grace of God Go I Mean?

Keep reading to learn all about the common idiomatic expression there but for the grace of God go I.

What Does the Devil Is in the Details Mean?

The devil is in the details… sounds ominous, doesn’t it? Indeed, this idiomatic and proverbial phrase does issue a warning.

What Does Still Waters Run Deep Mean?

Keep reading to learn all about the idiomatic and proverbial expression still waters run deep.

What Does Sky’s the Limit Mean?

You’ve likely heard the popular idiomatic expression sky’s the limit before. But do you know what it means?

What Does Scratch Paper Mean?

Has someone ever asked you for “scratch paper”? Did you, ahem, scratch your head over the term?

What Does Out of Sight Out of Mind Mean?

Have you ever heard or read the phrase out of sight, out of mind and wondered what it meant?

What Does Necessity Is the Mother of Invention Mean?

Have you ever heard the phrase necessity is the mother of invention and wondered what it meant?

What Does My Kingdom for a Horse Mean?

As is the case with so many of the common phrases explored here at The Word Counter, we’ve got William Shakespeare to thank for my kingdom for a horse.