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Takes two to tango

see Two to tango


Taking candy from a baby

Something that is very easy to do, an American colloquialism dates from the early 20th century.


Talent

British slang from c.1930 that describes attractive, potential sexual partners; first usage was primarily by men but these days also used by women to...

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Talk is cheap

Meaning that words require very little effort in contrast to positive action, dates from the late 19th century.


Talk of the devil

see Speak of the devil


Talk rot

see Rot


Talk shop

To talk shop means to talk business, especially when brought unreasonably into the conversation, and dates in this sense from the early 19th century,...

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Talk the hind leg/legs off a donkey

To talk volubly or excessively dates from the early 19th century but first appears in Cobbett’s Weekly in 1808, an American publication, as ‘talking a...

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Talk through one’s hat

Talk twaddle or nonsense but with an air of implied knowledge, American colloquial expression that dates from the late 19th century.


Talk turkey

This classic American idiom means to talk plainly and bluntly, to get down to business, and dates from the early 19th century. The origin remains obsc...

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Talk until the cows come home

see Until the cows come home


Tall oaks from little acorns grow

An anonymous proverb from Roman times and probably before that, which means great things start from small beginnings. The original Latin version is pa...

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Tall poppy syndrome

Tall poppy syndrome is the calculated policy of attacking and destroying people of genuine talent for one‘s own ends. It is associated with Australian...

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Tall story/tale

Unbelievable or exaggerated account of something dates from the 19th century. Tall words were big or exaggerated words and this usage dates from the l...

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Tall, dark and handsome

Clichéd description for an attractive man, and is first cited from the mid-19th century, but it is not known who coined the expression. See also high,...

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