Guest Author - Amy Packham
What is a cliche?
Clichés about Money
"Money is the root of all evil" - This means all bad things have a monetary reason behind them.
"Money makes the world go round" - This implies that money is required for each and everything.
"Time is money" - This suggests that time is valuable.
"A fool and his money are easily parted" - This means that foolishly handling money will result in its loss.
"Money to burn " - This implies that somebody has more money than his or her requirements.
Clichés about Love
"All’s fair in love and war" - This means that anything is acceptable in this situation.
"Unlucky in cards, lucky in love" - Losers use this cliché for consoling themselves.
"Misery loves company" - This means that sad and unhappy people expect others to share their sorrow.
"You only hurt the one you love" - This implies that the people closest to you are most affected by your actions.
"Love is blind" - This suggests that love makes us oblivious to the faults of the object of love
Clichés about Medicine
"Laughter is the best medicine" - This suggests that laughter helps cure illnesses.
"A taste of his own medicine" - This means that the person is given the same treatment he metes out to others.
Clichés about Robbery
"Robbing Peter to pay Paul" - This means that to take money from one person to pay another person.
"Highway robbery" - This denotes cheating somebody.
Cliches about Luck
"That’s the way lady luck dances" - This means that’s how luck works.
"Don’t push your luck" - This implies that you may not be always lucky.
"If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all" - This means that the only luck the person has is bad luck.
Clichés about Gold
"Worth his weight in gold" - This means that the person is as valuable as gold.
"Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow" - This denotes the achievement of a person's hopes and dreams.
"As good as gold" - This means that the person is well-mannered.
"Silence is golden" - This means that silence is indeed precious.
Cliches using the word "Free"
"There’s no such thing as a free lunch" - This means that everything has a cost.
"Foot loose and fancy free" - This denotes being free of responsibilities.
"Free as a bird" - This means that the person is free of obligations.
"If you love something set it free" - This implies that one cannot impose love.
Cliches about China
"Not for all the tea in China" - This means refusing to consummate a deal at any cost.
"A bull in a china shop" - This denotes being clumsy and maladroit.
Cliches using the word "Rock"
"The hand that rocks the cradle" - This means the person who takes care of the baby.
"Don’t rock the boat" - This implies that do not annoy people by trying to change a situation.
"Caught between a rock and a hard place" - This denotes encountering two equally undesirable choices.