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ClicheMeaning
gag me with a spoonGag me with a spoon is an expression often used when you are displeased or annoyed with something someone has just said or done because it is distasteful or sickening in some way. It is more of a childish, immature expression spoken by young children, teenagers or young adults but also used by older adults as somewhat of a silly, mocking expression. They also sometimes use the motion of being gagged with a spoon for the full effect.
garbage in, garbage outGarbage in, garbage out (GIGO) is a computer slang term which refers to the idea that putting bad data into a program is going to give you bad results. If you are not in the field of computer work or deal with computer programming, you may have not heard of this cliche. However in the computer programming world, it is a common phrase used for the reaction of what happens when you put bad data into a program.
gathering like fliesGathering like flies is the idiom used when a group of people are gathering eagerly and quickly in large numbers; often impatiently gathering. As with the gathering of flies in the literal sense, gathering like flies when spoken of figuratively is when a large group of likeminded individuals gather into a small space for a meeting or other reason and gather there quickly and eagerly.
gave a hundred and ten percentGave a hundred and ten percent is a way to say that somebody went above and beyond the call of duty by doing more than what was expected of them. If someone gives a hundred and ten percent they have given more than was expected if you assume one hundred percent is giving the maximum amount of effort. This phrase is a way to exaggerate how much work and effort they have put into something.
gave it a wide berthGave it a wide berth is the phrase used when someone left a reasonable distance from something or someone and another way of saying to stay clear from something, most commonly to protect yourself. This is often used in reference to something large, like a very large moving truck, needing a wide berth in order to move freely and not hit any other cars, however giving something a wide berth can apply to many different situations.
gave me a withering glanceGave me a withering glance is the past-tense idiom when you want to express your extreme displeasure. The withering glace is often expressing a range of emotions including displeasure, anger, confusion or annoyance. A withering glance is typically one with a lot of emotion being expressed in a simply way to look at someone at the person receiving this glance will most often understand what the look on their face is about.
get a grip on yourselfGet a grip on yourself is the idiom used when someone wants you to better control your emotions and behave in a calmer manner. This phrase is often used when someone seems to be acting especially temperamental in that they are exaggerating their emotions and the ways they are expressed and not behaving appropriately; in this case, someone will ask them to get a grip on themselves.
get a handle on thisGet a handle on this is a cliche which refers to finding a way to understand a situation in order to get better control of it and find a possible solution. It is a common phrase which is often used in relation to somebody that doesnt have the best amount of control in any particular situation. By telling them to get a handle on it, the purpose is to tell them to have better control of the situation or dilemma.
get a leg upTo get a leg up means that you will have an advantage over someone else such as in the case of a competition where you have a better chance of winning. By coming up with a better resolution to a problem or a way to be sure you can win in a type of competition, you will get a up by having some sort of advantage as opposed to your other opponents.
get a word in edgewiseGet a word in edgewise is a common idiom in which you express the fact that you are trying to find an opportunity to say something; it is commonly said in a situation where everyone else seems to be talking so much you can hardly say anything. Get a word in edgewise is typically said after the fact when telling a story about how they had something to say but wasnt able to talk due to everyone else talking at once.
get all your ducks in a rowGet all your ducks in a row is a very well-known and common idiom that is referring to getting all of your affairs in order and to get details of a situation more organized. When you want to get your ducks in a row, you typically are getting all of details of a particular situation organized, or it can be used for your life in general. Another way to look at it is that everything is falling into place.
get along like oil and waterGet along like oil and water is quite the opposite of two people or two things getting along well. Oil and water dont go together at all because oil floats on water, therefore by saying two people get along like oil and water, the purpose is to say they dont mix well or get along well at all. This phrase is commonly used for people who dont seem to mesh well according to them having opposite personalities.
get down to bare bonesGet down to bare bones is the idiom that can be used for a person or a situation in which it goes back to the basics. With a person, it typically means they are lacking refinements, extras and stripped down. However, getting down to bare bones can be used for a variety of instances and situations where the purpose is to say they are getting back to the basics of something.
get down to brass tacksGet down to brass tacks (often confused by being spelled as tax) means to engage with the most basic of facts or realities. When you are getting down to brass tacks, you are going back to the beginning, such as when you were first taught lessons in something, in the hopes that this will bring you more success. It is another way of saying you should be going back to the basics and use this simplicity for growth.
get down to the nitty grittyGet down to the nitty gritty is a common phrase in which is referring to getting back to the basics of something without any extras or refinements. Getting back to the nitty gritty is very similar to the phrase getting down to brass tacks but is simply another way to use this phrase. The nitty gritty of anything is known as the basics, beginning and bare bones of something.
get knocked upGet knocked up or being knocked up is when someone becomes pregnant; this is a very common cliche for becoming pregnant. It is used quite often in todays culture, primarily in various types of media especially movies and television shows. Knocked up is a common slang term for someone getting pregnant and commonly used when someone becomes pregnant unexpectedly.
get off on the right footGet off on the right foot is an idiom which means to begin doing something in a way where it is most likely to succeed and has a very high success rate. If you are getting off on the right foot, you have decided the best course of action to begin your venture and therefore will more than likely succeed. If you remain on this path after getting off on the right foot, your success rate is very high.
get off your high horseGet off your high horse is a cliche often used to express a request to someone to stop behaving in such a self-righteous and superior manner. Someone that is on their high house is acting superior to everyone else, believing they are truly better in one way or another whether it be that they have a certain skill that qualifies them to be the best at something or if it is more of a generalization about themselves. This phrase is for when you want someone to stop acting this way.
get on his high horseGet on his high horse (or her high horse) is a phrase that means to behave in an arrogant or condescending manner. Telling someone to get on his high horse is the opposite of getting off their high horse in which you want them to stop acting superior. If you want someone on his high horse, he will behave in an arrogant way in order to achieve something great. This is also sometimes used in a more negative, sarcastic manner.
get on his soap boxWhen someone gets on his (or her) soap box, they begin expressing very strong opinions primarily about a subject that other people are bored of hearing about because you talk about it so much in a superior manner. This is most commonly used when somebody is constantly boasting about how their opinion is right according to certain details and someone on their soapbox is typically a way to say this is how they are most of the time.
get out of town by sundownGet out of town by sundown is an older figure of speech not used as often in todays modern age than it was in the last couple decades. Get out of town is not a literal cliche; it is a figurative way to say you dont believe something you have been told and that it is very surprising to you. This phrase isnt commonly used anymore but at one time it was a cliche that most people would understand.
get stuffedGet stuffed is an expression said to someone who is bothering you and is a more polite way to tell someone to be quiet and leave you alone, usually said out of anger or frustration. If someone is bothering you, offending you or being otherwise unpleasant, you might tell them to get stuffed as a way to tell them to get out of here, get out of your hair, shut their mouth and leave you alone.
get the lead outGet the lead out is a figure of speech which means to hurry up and move faster, often referring to getting lead weights during an exercise routine in order to move faster. Get the lead out is also in reference to speaking about something in a blunt, quick manner in order to get something done which is often used in the business type of atmosphere.
get the peanut butter out of your earsGet the peanut butter out of your ears is an idiom which is most often spoken to someone who is hard of hearing or doesnt seem to be paying attention to you. This phrase is referring to someone who you want to listen to you better, as if they cant hear you because they have peanut butter in their ears. If you picture someone having peanut butter in their ears, they wouldnt be able to hear you or pay attention to what youre saying very well.
get the red carpet treatmentTo get the red carpet treatment is a common phrase used when someone gets very special treatment, similar to royal treatment or being treated like a celebrity. While red carpet was often used for royalty to walk down, it is more commonly relating to celebrities. The red carpet is more a figure of speech than a literal term where celebrities get star treatment and are treated like royalty.
get the show on the roadGet the show on the road, or get this show on the road, is a figure of speech which refers to getting something started and often spoken by the leader or the person who is hosting the event. This phrase is said very often in the case of an actual show such as a concert or some other type of performance which will be spoken by the band leader, band manager or host of the show for the performance in question.
get up on the wrong side of the bedGet up on the wrong side of the bed is the idiom which is commonly used to say that someone seems particularly moody or grumpy; more moody than what is normal for them. Getting up on the wrong side of the bed is often used for someone that is usually in a better mood but on one morning everything seems to be bothering them and causing more moodiness; therefore they must have woken up wrong.
get your act togetherIf you are told to get your act together, this person is trying to tell you to get yourself organized and on schedule. It is something spoken about a specific situation or a more broad gesture of your life in general being hectic and unorganized. This phrase will typically be said to someone who seems to be acting irresponsible and immature about how they handle various parts of their life.
get your groove backTo get your groove back means to return to what you normally do, such as your traditional behaviors, personality traits and being positive or happy where as recently you have acted differently. There is a movie called Stella Got her Groove Back which shows someone finding her life again and reclaiming her life and what once made her happy. Getting your groove back can also mean getting back to something you were once skilled in.
gets my goatGets my goat is an expression spoken by someone who is extremely irritated by a very specific instance or situation. While this isnt a phrase commonly used nowadays, it was once very typical as a way to show your annoyance or irritation. Someone would usually say it gets my goat after the situation or conversation causing the irritation has already passed, and said more to a third party.
gilding the lilyGilding the lily is an idiom which is referring to applying unnecessary ornaments, decorations and to over-embellish something. This can be in reference to any type of event, social occasion or situation where someone is over embellishing something in the case where it isnt unnecessary. By gilding the lily, you are making something already beautiful look even more fancy and precious.
gimme a breakGive me a break, or gimme a break as it is often worded, is a way to say that you have had enough and this person is bothering you with their incessant talking about something unpleasant. It can also be in relation to something being said that you dont believe. This is often said to someone who keeps repeating the same thing over and over again in an exaggerating way and you will sarcastically tell them to give you a break.
gird your loinsGird your loins is the idiom which is related to preparing yourself mentally to do something you know will be difficult. This phrase comes from the Bible, where girding up your loans meant to tie up long and loose clothes so that they are more practical while you are traveling or working. If you are girding your loins, you are making preparations for something coming up that is going to be difficult, and these preparations are providing you some sort of protection.
give a damnGive a damn is an idiom which is most commonly worded as I dont give a damn which is another way of saying you are not interested in what is being said or you are not worried about someone or something. This is commonly used in a more sarcastic manner where you want to display the expression and emotion of not caring what they are saying or about to do, but in a way you might actually have some interest in it.
give a little take a littleGive a little take a little is the cliche given for the concept of coming to a compromise by giving a little and getting a little in return. This type of phrase shows how a compromise can be beneficial where you will give a little bit to someone in order to get a little bit from then in return. This can be used in any type of situation such as a personal or business relationship or other type of conflict.
give an inch, and he takes a mileGive an inch, and he takes a mile is a figure of speech which refers to the fact that if you allow someone to behave badly or disrespectful to you even a little bit, they will take advantage and behave extremely badly to you. By allowing someone some leeway in treating you badly or unfairly, they may see it as a window of opportunity into acting even more badly on a more regular basis.
give and takeGive and take is the idiom used when you are speaking of compromise between two people or two groups which are trying to come to a mutual decision. This is another way of describing coming to a compromise between two people or groups or in the case of a business decision. Many compromises require for each part to give a little in order to take a little which is the basis of compromising over a disagreement or conflict.
give him a run for his moneyTo give him a run for his money, or give her a run for her money, is a phrase which means to compete strongly against someone who is expected to win the competition. When this phrase is used, the person you are competing against is usually the person people think is going to win the competition, so when you come in and show everyone you can win this type of competition, you are giving everyone a run for their money.
give it a restGive it a rest is a common expression which means to stop doing something, usually in reference to you doing something very annoying or irritating to someone else. When this phrase is used, the person who spoke it is so annoyed and fed up with the current conversation or situation they just want it to be over and will say this as a reminder and a request to just stop bringing it up and talking about it.
give it the old college tryGive it the old college try is a well-known cliche which is relating to the fact that a college student is able to study hard and take on challenges with a positive attitude and even if they dont succeed, they will still put in the effort. Giving something the old college try doesnt mean you have to succeed, but that you are willing to do the work and put in as much effort as is possible.
give me a breakGive me a break is an expression which is often said to someone who is saying something that is hard to believe. If someone has just said something to you that is extremely hard to believe such as the reality of it or because of who just said it to you, you would tell to them to give you a break and stop trying to fabricate things in order to convince you their argument may be valid.
give me a handWhen you ask someone to give you a hand, you are requesting for them to help you or assist you in some way. It is usually spoken as a polite request when you honestly need help for a certain project, assignment or some other type of work. Asking someone to give you a hand is a literal term in which they will help you out with something, literally offering their hands for physical labor.
given to him on a silver platterGiven to him on a silver platter is the figure of speech which refers to something being given in a formal setting using proper presentation. This can also be a way to say that the nice and fine things someone has is due to being handed things during his upbringing, most commonly by family who had money and resources and were able to do so. The silver platter is commonly used as a symbol for the finer things in life.
gives me the creepsGives me the creeps, usually worded as something giving you the creeps is a way to say that what you have seen or heard makes you feel nervous, frightened or grossed out. Something that gives you the creeps can be a scary movie, something someone said to you like a scary or gross story, or any other instance in which what you are shown or told will make you frightened or grossed out.
go figureGo figure is a common cliche term which is asking someone to explain what they are saying because it doesnt make sense to you. Go figure is common slang in the modern day language that people will say in response to being told something that you understand partly, but dont really wholly understand the background to why they are saying this or that it doesnt seem practical.
go for brokeGo for broke is another way of saying go for it to someone in order to encourage them when they hint that they want to give up. The term first became popular during the Street Fighter video game which was shouted by the announcer before each match. If youre going for broke, you are trying very hard in order to win a certain type of competition or even to make a sale in a business environment.
go him one betterGo him one better is a way of telling someone to do more or be better than someone else or something else. By telling someone to go him one better, you are trying to encourage them to be better than the person before them in any type of situation. This can be in a competition where you want him to do better than his component or to come up with a solution in an argument or dilemma.
go out in a blaze of gloryGo out in a blaze of glory is a figure of speech that is referring to a downfall which is also spectacular, primarily someone who dies but in a magnificent way. If someone goes out in a blaze of glory, they may disappear or die but everyone watching them has seen them go out with glory and awe. It is also a way to be remembered after your passing or after you have left due to the way you left.
go out on a limbTo go out on a limb means you are courageous and willing to state an opinion or to do something that is much different than what other people would do or think. If you are going out on a limb for someone else, you are doing them a favor by going above and beyond to help them and are courageous in your acts such as doing something risky like risking your job by doing this thing for them.
go the extra mileGo the extra mile is an idiom that means to make more effort than what is expected of you and is a very common cliche used in everyday language. Going the extra mile can be compared to going above and beyond the call of duty and going out on a limb for someone else. You are doing much more than what is expected of you, whether for recognition or just to increase your chance of success.
go with the flowGo with the flow is a common figure of speech that means you do what other people are doing without complaint or to live an easy going life because life is more simplistic in that way. People who go with the flow typically agree with everyone one else in what they are saying or doing, or plans about what they want to do next. This type of person doesnt like conflict and will avoid unnecessary disagreements.
God help usGod help us is a way to warn people that they may be hurt or punished if they continue to do what they are planning. It is often said in a sarcastic way to nobody in particular, rather than directed at the person who might be at fault for the foolish act that is being planned. They may also say it in a more blunt way to the group of people who are organized in a group in order to do something that is risky.
God only knowsGod only knows is a phrase which indicates that what you are talking about cant possibly be known by anyone except by God; in other words, it is a complete mystery. The phrase references God as being the only one who could know because in some religions, God watches over everyone. Therefore, when something is an absolute mystery, God would be the only one to know the real answer.
going against the tideGoing against the tide is another way of saying you do the opposite of what most other people are doing. Someone who is going against the tide is unique, original and different in their personality, the things they do and the way they do things, even small details such as their appearance, taste in music or other interests of theirs. Going against the tide is often intentional as well where they want to be different than everyone else.
going to hell in a hand basketIf someone is going to hell in a hand basket, the phrase means to indicate this person is rapidly deteriorating and on a course for pending disaster in their life. There can be many reasons this persons life is deteriorating which may or may not be intentional on their part. It is typically small disasters and dilemmas that have added up, some of which may be of their doing which is why they are going to hell in a hand basket.
golly gee willikersGolly gee willikers is an old slang term used as an expression that shows excitement or amazement about something. It is a phrase that is a few decades old, most commonly used in the 1940s and 1950s when cursing wasnt as prominent. If someone says golly gee willikers about something, they are showing a mix of emotions that range from confusion, to awe to amazement.
gone but not forgottenGone but not forgotten is a cliche term which means something is gone or someone is dead but people still remember them. It is most commonly used in reference to someone who has passed away and people often remember their presence and the impact this person had in their lives. It is also often used in response to someone asking a query about this person, in which the response would be that they are gone but not forgotten.
gone to groundGone to ground is another way of saying you are hiding from people, such as in the case of being underground. Gone to ground is most commonly used in its figurative sense as someone that is hiding from a problem, situation or dilemma for whatever reason. This idiom is used by someone to explain that someone has either gone missing or is intentionally hiding from the current situation.
good as goldGood as gold is an idiom which means to be well-behaved and very obedient and most commonly refers to people that are well-behaved by nature. To be good as gold, a person is not good in the valuable sense such as precious gold, but they are good as in being very well-behaved, polite, generous, obedient and willing to go with the flow and do as theyre told.
good as newGood as new is a very common cliche which is used when you want to speak of something that it in good shape, similarly to when it was brand new. This can also mean something or someone who is as healthy or as normal. Good as new is sometimes used in reference to people when they have just overcome an ordeal or survived a surgery, and therefore will say they are good as new as in they are recovered.
good deed for the dayGood deed for the day is an idiom which is often spoken about the fact that you do at least one good thing each day such as helping others or doing selfless acts. After doing something selfless or helpful for someone else, people will typically refer to it as their good deed for the day. When using this figure of speech, it is usually something someone did for someone else as an unintentional way to have their good deed of the day complete.
good fences make good neighborsGood fences make good neighbors is an idiom that is pointing out that neighbors (or people in general) should mind their own business and respect others privacy. By saying that good fences make good neighbors is a way of saying that there should be a fence between you and your neighbors to keep them out of your personal business. This can used for other situations as a figurative phrase about people not being in your personal business.
good things come to those who waitYou have more than likely heard the phrase; good things come to those who wait as it is very common. This idiom means that patience is a virtue and by waiting patiently for something to happen, you can be rewarded in a pleasant way. Good things come to those who wait is wildly popular as a way to show the importance and reward from being patient as it claims that people who have patience, will then get more of what they want.
got a bun in the ovenIf someone says they have a bun in the oven, they are most likely referring to being pregnant. With this phrase, oven is referring to the womb and bun is referring to the baby. Bun in the oven is a very common phrase when talking about a woman who is pregnant, and has been used for many years. Most people recognize this saying to mean pregnancy, as a bun in the oven symbolizes the womans bun growing as time goes on.
got a hole in his pocketWhen someone says that they have a hole in their pocket, or money is burning a hole in their pocket, what they mean is that they tend to spend money so quickly it seems to be disappearing through their pocket. This phrase is not referring to literally having a hole in your pocket, but to say that since they spend so much money in such a short amount of time, it is like the money is falling right out of their pocket.
got called up on the carpetTo get called up on the carpet means to be reprimanded and pay the consequences for doing something in the wrong way. If you are called up on the carpet, you have been caught doing something bad whether it is a punishable offense or simply an error in judgment. When someone is called up on the carpet, they are now to receive reprimand for their error and find out what the consequences will be.
got money to burnIf you have money to burn then you are someone who is rich and has so much money that you can simply burn it, figuratively of course. This is another way of saying that you have a lot of money to spend on frivolous things and is often spoken by someone who has recently come into a large sum of money and begin purchasing a variety of things that dont have much meaning, using this phrase as an argument.
got more _____ (money, etc.) than he knows what to do withGot more _____ (money, etc.) than he knows what to do with is another way of saying that someone is very rich and well off. It is another way of talking about having extra money or money to burn as in another phrase of its kind. This cliche is often used in reference to talking about another person who you have found out has a lot of money to his or her name.
got taken for a rideGot taken for a ride is the phrase you may say if you were ripped off or lied to which caused you to lose money or valuables, or were simply taken advantage of. It can be in relation to any sort of situation where you were lied to, taken advantage of or used in order for the benefit of the other person. It is commonly used in reference to someone who used you in order to benefit financially.
got the short end of the stickIf someone says they got the short end of the stick, they are referring to the fact that they always have to suffer the bad effects of a situation. Having the short end of the stick has to do with bad luck; this phrase originates from when two people would each grab an end of a stick and break it in two, and whoever got the long end of the stick would be the lucky one who received some kind of reward. If you always get the short end of the stick, you are unlucky in life.
got you over a barrelGot you over a barrel is another way of saying that the current situation or dilemma is out of your control such as someone who would be unable to move freely in a barrel. If someone or something has got you over a barrel, this means that whatever situation you are currently in (usually a negative one like a crisis or dilemma) you have very little wiggle-room and not many opportunities for getting out of it successfully.
got your hand caught in the cookie jarTo get your hand caught in the cookie jar means to be caught doing something wrong; the phrase originates from children who are caught by their parents taking a cookie when they didnt first ask for permission. Getting your hand caught in the cookie jar can be referring to any type of wrong doing that you were caught in the act, not necessarily stealing something; it can be for any type of act you did without permission.
got your head in the cloudsSomeone who has got their head in the clouds is someone who always has unrealistic ideas and thoughts and often lives in a dream world where they fantasize about things more than they see reality. This is a figurative way of saying that this person prefers to live in fantasy, dream-like state of mind where they are optimistic to the point of their ideas and hopes and dreams being unrealistic.
grab (catch / take) the tiger by the tailTo grab, catch or take the tiger by the tail is the idiom which refers to the fact that if you grab the tail of a tiger, you will eventually have to let it go. It is another way of saying you should be wary of your actions due to the undeniable consequences. Literally speaking, if you grabbed the tail of a tiger, it may stop him in its tracks, but eventually you have to let it go and deal with the tiger being angry at you.
green thumbSomeone who has a green thumb has a natural skill for gardening and typically has flowers or plants that survive longer than others. As opposed to a green thumb where they tend to kill their plants and dont have this natural skill, people with green thumbs know how to care for their plants, flowers, herb gardens and vegetable gardens, give them the care they need and have more of a chance of their gardens thriving.
green-eyed monsterGreen-eyed monster is the cliched term used most often when speaking of jealousy. This is a very common idiom used when speaking of someone who has jealousy. The jealousy can be over anything someone might be jealous of such as a person, the things someone is able to do, the places they go, or the position they are in. Jealousy has a range of severity from mildly admiring to obsessively jealous over something or someone.
grin and bear itTo grin and bear it means to endure something unpleasant but in good humor or with a positive attitude. If you are grinning and bearing something, you are aware of how unpleasant it is, but for one reason or another, but still deal with it and endure this situation. For this reason, you will grin as you endure the crisis and bear it, hopefully with a smile on your face, but at least deal with it until it is over.
grist for the millGrist for the mill is an idiom that refers to the fact that all things can be a potential source of profit or advantage. This phrase originates from grist which is the corn brought to a mill to be ground into flour, and has been used by farmers for many years as the grist would be a source of profit for them. Therefore, when someone says grist for the mill they mean that the topic at hand has good potential at bringing in a profit or another type of advantage.
growing like a weedGrowing like a weed is the cliched term for someone or something that is growing very quickly. It is most often used in reference to children who someone has not seen in a while; they will notice how quickly they have grown (usually their height) and will say they are growing like a weed. The origin of this cliche is from the fact that weeds seem to grow very tall very quickly when you arent paying attention.
gunning for a fightIf someone saying they are gunning for a fight, what they mean is that they are trying to achieve something, often in a very upfront manner. By using the word gunning, the phrase indicated that this person is persistent, upfront and blunt such as someone using a gun is. They seem to be very insistent on having a fight and usually refuse to back down until they get into the verbal or physical altercation.