Monday, May 11, 2009

tell me if you know

Do you ever wonder where these came from? And if you haven't... live a little and be curious.

to take forty winks
to hit the hay
to hit the sack
to saw logs
time is of the essence
to bury the hatchet
to stick one's neck out
to cry over spilt milk
to be in a pickle (or pretty pickle)
other fish to fry
right up one's alley
easy as rolling off a log
keeping one's eyes peeled
not worth a hill of beans
to let the cat out of the bag
in the nick of time
to kick the bucket
to have cold feet
to take with a grain of salt
to mind one's p's and q's
to cross your t's and dot your i's
to fly off the handle
dead as a doornail
to face the music
to read the riot act
chip off the old block
to be the spittin' image
to pass the buck
the whole kit and caboodle
to go scot free
straight from the horse's mouth
to keep one's finger's crossed
to pull the wool over one's eyes
to bring the house down
to beat around the bush
to spill the beans
to rain cats and dogs

Dibs to Logan for his love of language.


Nasada said...

looonnnggggg list

Saura Lnow said...

I know you gave dibs to Logan but I know one!

In English pubs, ale is ordered in pints and quarts...when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts and stettle down"

which is where the phrase "Mind your P's and Q's" comes from =)

Amy said...

wow. I would have never guessed that one!
And Logan got the dibs because he came up with the list. ;)

Saura Lnow said...

I only knew because someone else told me =)

I'm amazed that "wet your whistle" didn't make the list.