A-Z Database

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To be on one’s jack

see Jack/Jack Jones


To be on one’s mettle

see On one’s mettle


To be someone’s cup of tea

see Cup of tea


To boldly go where no man has gone before

This is the catchphrase from the television and movie series Star Trek, which first aired in 1966. This expression has been in quite widespread use si...

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To boot

To boot is one of the oldest expressions in the language and is still used today meaning ‘in addition to’, ‘moreover’ or ‘as well’. It dates from late...

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To come a cropper

To experience a serious misfortune and dates from the mid-19th century when it was first used to describe a heavy fall from a horse. It derives from t...

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To crow about something

see Something to crow about


To egg someone on

see Egg someone on


To err is human; to forgive, divine

This famous proverb is attributed to Alexander Pope and is a direct quotation from his Essay on Criticism written in 1709. Pope did not coin the words...

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To fear, fear itself

see Fear itself


To have no price

see Pay the price


To have the wood on or over someone

see Have the wood over or on someone


To kill with kindness

see Kill with kindness


To the bone

To the bone means to the very extremity, to affect something or someone in a deep and penetrating way dates from at least the 1400s, from the allusion...

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To the nines

see Dressed to the nines


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