© Guido' Lu - infographie Alain Peelen


long ways, long lies / diamond cuts diamond / a word to the wise is enough / good wine needs no bush / god tempers the wind to the shorn lamb / every man to his own trade / sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof / there is no place like home / never look a gift horse in the eating / two can play at that game / it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good / as the crow flies / to buy a pig in a poke / god helps those who help themselves / to call a spade a spade / to bring grist to the mill / every cloud has a silver lining / to come a day after the fair / to win hands down / a friend in need is a friend indeed / in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king / no sooner said than done / to be as fit as a fiddle / to have other fish to fry / to have pins and needles in one's legs / to have a lot on one's plate / to be sitting pretty / to smell a rat / to have nine lives / to have a long arm / to have a clear field / to have elbow room / to have an itchy palm / to bite off more than one can chew / to have more than one string to one's bow / to have a frog in one’s throat / to be bone idle / to have bats in the belfry / to have a screw lose / to bear a grudge against someone / to throw in the towel / to put one's own house in order / to build castels in the air / to cold-shoulder someone / to be going full swing / much ado about nothing / a lot of water has passed under the bridge / do right and fear no man / ill-gotten gains seldom prosper / like a bull at a gate / to drain the cup of bitterness / blood will out / to play one's last card / it's nothing to write home about / to kick the bucket / you can't teach your grandmother to suck eggs / easy come, easy go / empty vessels make most noise / the tree is known by its fruit / it's six of one and half a dozen of the other / it's double-dutch / practice makes perfect / it's the last straw that breaks the camel's back / that's where the shoe pinches / that takes the biscuit / a little bird told me /it's as easy as falling off a log / he looks like death warmed up / it's a red-letter day / that's a different kettle of fish / it was a close shave / every man is the architect of his own fate / to go to pastures new / what can you expect from a pig but a grunt / everything in its own time / charity begins at home / once bitten, twice shy / to look for a needle in a haystack / a barking dog never bites / as you make your bed, so you must lie upon it / out of a clear blue sky / like a bull in a china shop / to know the ropes / stab in the back / to split hairs / to have one's finger in more then one pis / to cost an arm and a leg / to heap someone with praise / the best things come in small packages / tomorrow never comes / to do a moonlight flit / to overstep the mark / there is no accounting for tastes / to rob Peter to pay Paul / two heads are better than one / a man is know by the company he keeps / divide and rule / to give (someone) the creeps / to put off the scent / to give someone a hand / to sugar the pill / to sleep like a log / to have been through the mill / in the month of May, cast ne'er a clout away / as large as life / in one's birthday suit / to make a mountain out of a molehill / to stake one's life on it / look before you leap / to pull the wool over somebody's eyes / to preach to the converted / to give a stag party / of two evils, choose the lesser / between the Devil and the deep blue sea / between you, me and the bedpost / to send someone packing / to be at daggers drawn / to sit on the fence / to be on one's beam-ends / to be in dire straits / to be in seventh heaven / to wait (on someone) hand and foot / to be a chip off the old block / to be as thick as two short planks / to be in a pretty pickle / to be in (someone's) good books / to be the fifth wheel / to be the spitting image of someone / to be in the same boat / to be born with a silver spoon in one's mouth / to lead a charmed life / to be hoist with one's own petard / to be like a cat on hot bricks / to be cut to the quick / to be all sweetness and light / to be all eyes (or to be all ears) / to keep oneself to oneself / to keep the pot boiling / to go it alone / to draw a blank / to make the best of a bad deal / to make money hand over fist / to make sheep's eyes at somebody / to kill two birds with one stone / to be all the rage / to bury one’s head in the sand / to look as if butter would not melt in one's mouth / to turn a deaf ear / to cool one's heels / to learn the ropes / to cock a snook at someone / to be a roaring success / to look down in the mouth / do as I say, not as I do / to give (someone) the slip / half a loaf is better than none / a closed mouth catches no flies / for want of a nail, the shoe was lost / to turn a blind eye to something / to provide against a rainy day / much cry and little wool / strike while the iron is hot / it takes all sorts to make a world / eat to live, not live to eat / boys will be boys / never is a long time / never put off till tomorrow what you can do today / let sleeping dogs lie / appearances are deceptive / don't halloo till you are out of the wood / don't count your chickens before they are hatched / new brooms sweep clean / the darkest hour is just before dawn / he was not born yesterday / still waters run deep / there's none so deaf as those who will not hear / no man is a hero to his valet / a peeny saved is a penny earned / it's the first step that is difficult / it's raining cats and dogs / it's coming down in sheets / it's like the curate's egg / there is many a slip 'twixt cup and lip / ther is a time for everything / everything has a beginning / heaven protects children, sailors and drunken men / faint heart never won fair lady / to throw dust in someone’s eye / to add fuel to the flames / to cast pearls before swine / to throw money down the drain / to thrown the helve the hatchet / to sow one’s wild oats / to play with fire / to play both ends against the middle / to judge a book by its cover / beauty is in the eye of the beholder / from the sweetest wine, the tartest vinegar / what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh / the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong / hunger drives the wolf out of the wood / the end justifies the means / faith will move mountains / might is right / fortune favours the brave / nature abhors a vacuum / all cats are grey in the dark / speech is silver, silence is golden / you cannot get a quart into a pint pot / truth lies at the bottom of a well / murder will out / out of the mouths of babes and suckings (comes the truth) / violence breeds violence / to leave someone a clear field / love is blind / to fly a kite / money is the sinew of war / money has no smell / on for the road / the game is not worth the candle / adversity makes strange bedfellows / attack is the best form of defense / it's better to leave well alone / the gods nuts to those who have no teeth / time is money / time will tell / time and tide wait for no man / truth is stanger than fiction / to have a close shave / to lick (someone's) boots / absence makes the heart grow fonder / the child is the father of the man / the road to hell is paved with good intentions / actions speak louder than words / short reckonings make long friends / let the world say what it will / advice is cheap / extremes meet / great minds think alike / there is honour among thieves / dead men tell no tales / walls have ears / tall oaks from little acorns grow / a trouble shared is a trouble halved / travel broadens the mind / coming events cast their shadow before / punctuality is the politeness of princes / the exception proves the rule / moderation is the best policy / the cowl does not make the monk / old habits die hard / history repeats itself / opportunity makes a thief / out of sight, out of mind / the Devil finds work for idle hands / lucky at cards, unlucky in love / to take pot luck / to eat like a horse / to spill the beans / to be pushing up the daisies / to have a bite / to go like clockwork / to tread in (someone's) footsteps / a bad workman blames hit tools / ill weeds grow apace / to run with the hare hunt with the hounds / to pull someone's leg / to rule someone with a rod of iron / to go hell for leather / to put one's cards on the table / to throw a spanner in the works / to put the cart before the horse / to make (someone's) mouth water / to put one's foot in it / to put one's oar in / better be envied than pitied / better late than never / a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush / to get one's hackles up /to get on one's high horse / to rise to the bait / mum's the word / not to know someone from Adam / do as you would be done by / not to hold a candle to someone / to be like a bear with a sore head / to feel out of sorts / not to mince words / not to hide one's light under a bushel / not to pull one’s punches with someone / to keep one's spirits up / not to grow on trees / to make no bones about it / to hang by a thread / necessity is the mother of invention / any port in a storm / to be neither fish nor fowl / to be a flash in the pan / ignorance of the law is no excuse / no man is a prophet in his own country / to toe the line / an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth / never too old to learn / as you snow, so you reap / you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs / you can't please everyone / you can't have your cake and eat it / the leopard does not change his spots / you can take a horse to the water, but you can't make him drink / we're not out of the woods / to take the bread out of (someone's) mouth / of nought, comes nought / to keep a weather eye open / Rome wasn't built in a day / to talk of shoes and ships and sealing-wax / Gospel truth / to take everything but the kitchen sink / no news is good news / not for all the tea in China / to go down the drain / to go west / poverty is not a crime / to pay on the nail / a fault confessed is half redressed / many a mickle makes a muckle / a rolling stone gathers no moss / the bigger they come, the harder they fall / the more the merrier / more haste, less speed / nothing for nothing / if you are born to be hanged, then you'll never drown / bone of contention / to carry coals to Newcastle / possession is nine points of the law / to talk to a brick wall / to practise what one preaches / to take care of number one / the early bird catches the worm / to take up the cudgels on someone's behalf / to look on the bright side of like / to take the bit between one's teeth / to catch someone red-handed / to pack up and go / to take to one's heels / to promise the moon / safety first / when the cat's away the mice will play / when poverty comes in at the door, love flies out at the window / when the cows come home / talk of the devil and he will appear / spare the rod and spoil the child / the culprit must pay for the damage / he that touches pitch shall be defiled / nothing ventured nothing gained / there are two sides to every question / marry in haste and repent at leisure / birds of a feather flock together / he who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind / slow but sure / the cat would eat fish, but would not wet its feet / ask no questions and hear no lies / give a dog a bad name and hang him / who lives by the sword shall die by the sword / to take someone down a peg or two / to leave no stone unturned / to pay someone back in his own coin / to give up the ghost / to put off till Domesday / to be left high and dry / there is nothing new under the sun / he who laughs last laughs longest / to laugh up one's sleeve / to risk all to win all / to break the ice / to champ at the bit / to kick over the traces / to jump at the opportunity / if there were no receivers, there would be n thieves / to saw off the branch one is sitting on / to think one is the bee's knees / to put one's head into the lion's mouth / to get out of bed the wrong side / to go on the waggon / to bend over backwards (to help someone) / to take the big leap / to be up to scratch / to show one's true colours / not to give two hoots about something / to spread like widfire / to be as alike as two peas in a pod / to eat one's heart out / to be full of beans / to take the lion's share / to keep one's nose clean / to be between the devil and the deep blue sea / to sell like hot cakes / to be as thick as thieves / to separate the wheat from the chaff / to measure one's length / there is a remedy for anything but death / his number's up / to fly off the handle / to keep the ball rolling / to go with the flow / to see how the land lies / it's a case of the biter bit / like master, like man / like father, like son / to play gooseberry / dressed up to the nines / to be (someone's) cat's paw / to jump out of the frying pan into the fire / to come down to earth (with a bump) / to get blood from a stone / to beat about the bush / to turn one's coat / all roads lead to Rome / all that glitters is not gold / all's well that ends well / all is for the best in the best of all possible words / all things come to those who wait / too many cooks spoil the broth / to meet one's match / to find the clink in someone's amour / to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs / a cat may look at a king / one nail drives out another / there are plenty of fish in the sea / forewarned is forearmed / it never rains but it pours / one bird in the hand is worth two in the bush / one good turn deserves another / look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves / one swallow does not make a summer / a storm in a teacup / to let the cat out of the bag / to live from hand to mouth / to live on love and fresh air / to see which way the wind blows