The following articles have the tag idiom
What does straw have to do with reaching your limit, anyway?
Find out how the saying ‘speak of the devil’ came into everyday language.
Looking for a clear-cut explanation for spic and span? This isn’t it.
To test your mettle is to demonstrate resolve and determination; to be tenacious.
You say it every day but do you know how OK originated?
Being a ‘goody two shoes’ used to be a good thing – especially for kids.
An idiom made especially for those who act before it is time.
Which of these two theories about this idiom’s origin is most plausible?
This phrase has been used for a long time, but what exactly is the ‘ball’?
You may be surprised to learn the Scots have nothing to do with this phrase.
Can you guess how ‘to take with a grain of salt’ originated?
Do you know where ‘ducks in a row’ comes from?
Two theories on where ‘cut the mustard’ and ‘pass mustard’ originated.
Today, we reveal the origin of this popular children’s chant.
Why we started using the phrase ‘it costs an arm and a leg’.
Today we discover the origin of the idiom: living the life of Riley.
From dockyard to schoolyard: learn the origin of ‘chip on your shoulder’.
What is the origin of the saying ‘penny for your thoughts’?
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