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British are known for their sense of humor. You will observe that many times they will use idioms in daily spoken language rather than saying something directly. You will need to understand the implicit and sometimes sarcastic comment!

British Sayings idioms and proverbs

Popular British Sayings idioms and proverbs

  • Burning the Candle at Both Ends – working hard and not getting enough rest
  • Sleep tight – get a good’s night sleep
  • Eyes are bigger than my belly – was unable to eat everything I put on my plate.
  • Tie the knot – means ‘to get married’
  • A stitch in time saves nine – do things early and you will save time
  • Every cloud has a silver lining – good things happen at the end of bad
  • Nothing ventured, nothing gained – you have to try to get anything
  • One mans meat is another man’s poison – everyone likes something different
  • Out of the frying pan into the fire – leaving one problem just to get into another
  • Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth – do not question why you had good luck
  • The grass is greener on the other side – everyone thinks that other people have it better than them.
  • You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make the horse drink – You can give a person a chance, but it does not mean they will take the offer.
  • The best things in life are free – love, good health, and friendship are the most valuable things in life.
  • Don’t cross your bridges before you come to them – do not worry about problems that are not here yet.
  • The last straw broke the camel’s back – there is a limit to what you can do or expect.
  • Where there’s a will there’s a way – as long as you have determination, you can find a way to achieve.
  • Marry in haste and repent at leisure – get married too quickly you may be sorry years away but you will have all kinds of time to be sorry for the hasty wedding.
  • The best advice is found on the pillow – getting a good night’s sleep might help you solve the problem.
  • You can’t judge a book by its cover – just like a looking at a book, you can tell if the book will good or not. So this means that nothing can be judged by appearance only.
  • Birds of a feather flock together – people with same interests hang out.
  • Live and let live – live your own life and let others live theirs.
  • The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – women having been winning men’s love for years by cooking for them.
  • Bob’s your uncle – just an ending to a sentence that means you got it made.

British Slang

  • Baccy – tobacco
  • Barmy – insane or crazy
  • Bits n bob – various items
  • Bugger off – leave me alone
  • Chinwag – chat with someone
  • Collywobbles – stomach ache brought on my anxiety
  • Dog’s dinner – to be dressed nice
  • Donkey’s years – ages
  • Fagged – being interrupted
  • Gormless – clueless
  • Off to Bedfordshire – going to bed
  • It’s monkeys outside – it is very cold outside
  • Minted – extremely rich
  • Porkies – lies
  • Shambolic – state of chaos
  • Shirty – ill-tempered
  • Skive – lazy person
  • Tickety-boo – everything is great
  • Tosh – nonsense

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