Common Phrases

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What Does Many Hands Make Light Work Mean?

Have you ever faced a daunting task and had friends and loved ones encourage and comfort you by saying, “Many hands make light work”?

What Does Laughter Is the Best Medicine Mean?

And it turns out, not only does it feel good, it’s also good for you—hence the expression laughter is the best medicine.

What Does Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery Mean?

No doubt you’ve been told (or at least heard) at some point in your life that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”

What Does How Now Brown Cow Mean?

Will Farrell, playing the legendary reporter Ron Burgundy, comically utters it along with a string of other silly sayings while warming up his vocal cords before delivering the news.

What Does Heavens to Betsy Mean?

You’d be hard pressed to figure out the definition of the expression heavens to Betsy by considering the definitions of the individual words it contains.

What Does Hindsight Is 20/20 Mean?

If you’ve ever come to the realization that the great idea you had wasn’t so great after all—once you had already acted on it, and it was too late to change things—you’ve experienced the truth expressed by the idiomatic and proverbial phrase hindsight is 20/20.

What Does Good Things Come to Those Who Wait Mean?

Let’s explore the meaning of the phrase “good things come to those who wait” and the origin of this well-known proverb.

What Does For Pete’s Sake Mean?

Have you ever heard someone remark, “For Pete’s sake!”? Did you know what they meant?

What Does Easy Come Easy Go Mean?

Although it’s difficult to determine the meanings of most idiomatic expressions just by considering the definitions of the individual words they contain, you may be able to deduce the meaning of easy come, easy go in this manner—at least, in part.

What Does Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness Mean?

Perhaps when you were a child, and not wanting to take a bath or brush your teeth, your parents said to you, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”

What Does Caught Up Mean?

Has someone ever told you they just got “caught up in” something? Did you look around for a net or snare of some kind, a bit bewildered when you saw nothing of the sort nearby?!

What Does By Hook or By Crook Mean?

Have you ever heard a person say they’ll do something “by hook or by crook” and wondered what they meant?