Has someone ever told you to “let sleeping dogs lie”? Did you look around and think, Hmmm, there aren’t any sleeping dogs here!
By and large is a classic English idiom: It has a figurative meaning, and it’s nearly impossible to figure out this definition just by looking at the individual words that comprise it.
Although considered an ancient proverb, the expression like father, like son is extremely common in writing and speech today.
If someone tells you they’re wearing their “birthday suit,” don’t expect to be impressed by a stylish jacket and trousers.
Good intentions are, well, a good thing! Hell, on the other hand, isn’t so great. So what could the two possibly have to do with one another?
The phrase the buck stops here is a classic idiom, in that it’s difficult to figure out the saying’s meaning just by looking at the individual words that comprise it.
If you’ve ever heard the phrase no quarter, you may be quick to think it has something to do with money—more specifically, a lack of pocket change.
Maybe you’ve read that someone “played in a bush league,” or perhaps you’ve even heard something described as being “bush league.”