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Love conquers all

An ancient saying dates back to Greek and Roman times and probably before. Virgil (70-19 BC) in Eclogues wrote, “Love conquers all” for which the orig...

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Love is blind

Although Shakespeare uses the expression very often in several of his plays, he did not coin it, nor did Geoffrey Chaucer who used it in The Merchant’...

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Lovely jubbly

British informal expression that denotes great enthusiasm or approval for something or other dates from the 1970s when it was made famous in the Briti...

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Low Five

A form of greeting or celebration between two people, when the palm of one hand or both are stroked or slapped against the other person's. It is firs...

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Low hanging fruit

Popular business and political metaphor from the early 21st century for easily attainable goals or objectives; usually in the context of “go for the l...

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Low-brow

see Highbrow


Low-life

A low-life is a despicable, degenerate person, especially a habitual criminal, a self-explanatory Americanism that dates from the 1790s.


Lower the boom

To lower the boom is to land a telling or knockout blow. The world of prize fighting in America borrowed the original nautical phrase during the early...

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Luck of the draw

Means that something or other happens purely by chance, and there is noting anyone can do about it. The expression is originally American, and derives...

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Luck out

To luck out is an American expression that means the complete opposite of 'out of luck'. To luck out means to have a run of extremely good fortune or...

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Lucky fish

A common South African English expression that means 'lucky you', usually in the form of an exclamation. Dates from the early 20th century, and probab...

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Lukewarm

This word meaning moderately warm, both literally and figuratively, dates from the 1400s when the suffix warm was added to a now obsolete Middle Engli...

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Lumbered

To be lumbered with something is British slang dating from the 1950s and means to be stuck with something unwanted, as in unwanted lumber, which is a...

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Lummox

Although the source is reputed to be slang from East Anglia in Britain, dating from the early 19th century, the main usage of the word today is Americ...

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Lump in one’s throat

Choked with emotion, the feeling of constriction in one’s throat caused by emotional trauma, dates from the mid-19th century.


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