short takes

Another little collection of familiar sayings that are pretty much self-explanatory and which don’t have any interesting history, either ancient or modern:

Paddle your own canoe — be independent and decide your own fate

Cut from the same cloth — people or items closely resembling one another

Make waves — cause trouble

Talk is cheap — easier to talk about doing something than to actually do it.

Hell to pay — somebody is going to be very angry about an event

Come again — what did you say?

A shot in the dark — a hopeful attempt to hit an enemy you can’t see

Come full circle — what goes around comes around

Fits the bill — right for a particular purpose

That will do the trick — that will achieve the desired result (1800s)

Happy camper — a very contented person (1980s)

Put a lid on it — shut up

Keep the lid on — control information

On the same page — looking at exactly the same thing, common ground  (1965)

  One thought on “short takes

  1. July 31, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Since I started reading your posts about common phrases and their meanings, I’ve become aware of just how many there are. A person can’t open their mouth without uttering one or more!


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