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Clichés

Clichés are overused expressions that have become trite and even annoying. The following is a list of clichés that should be avoided:

  • Acid test

  • At loose ends

  • Babe in the woods

  • Better late than never

  • Brought back to reality

  • Black as night

  • Blind as a bat

  • Bolt from the blue

  • Dog-eat-dog world

  • Don't count your chickens

  • Dyed in the wool

  • Easier said than done

  • Easy as pie

  • Feathered friends

  • Face the music

  • Flash in the pan

  • Flat as a pancake

  • Gentle as a lamb

  • Go at it tooth and nail

  • Good time was had by all

  • Greased lightning

  • Happy as a lark

  • Head over heels

  • Heavy as lead

  • Horns of a dilemma

  • Hour of need

  • Keep a stiff upper lip

  • Ladder of success

  • Last but not least

  • Looking a gift horse in the mouth

  • Meaningful dialogue

  • Moving experience

  • Needle in a haystack

  • Open-and-shut case

  • Pain in the neck

  • Point with pride

  • Pretty as a picture

  • Put it in a nutshell

  • Busy as a bee (or beaver)

  • Cat's meow

  • Cool as a cucumber

  • Cool, calm, and collected

  • Crack of dawn

  • Crushing blow

  • Cry over split milk

  • Dead as a doornail

  • Quick as a flash (or wink)

  • Rat race

  • Ripe old age

  • Ruled the roost

  • Sad but true

  • Sadder but wiser

  • Set the world on fire

  • Sick as a dog

  • Sigh of relief

  • Slow as molasses

  • Smart as a whip

  • Sneaking suspicion

  • Spread like wildfire

  • Straight as an arrow

  • Straw that broke the camel's back

  • Strong as an ox

  • Take the bull by the horns

  • Thin as a rail

  • Through thick and thin

  • Tired but happy

  • To coin a phrase

  • To make a long story short

  • Trial and error

  • Tried and true

  • Under the weather

  • White as a sheet

  • Wise as an owl

  • Work like a dog

  • Worth its weight in gold



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