American Phrases

12 Sep
American Phrases

I love this post because it is most original and brings to mind many traditional, American phrases as:

“The cat has got your tongue.”
(Meaning – you are so quiet and speechless, some feline must have taken your tongue.)

“Hold your horses!”
(Meaning- be patient, or to wait.)

“Pick on somebody your own size.”
(Stop bullying.)

“Don’t let the cat out of the bag.”
(Keep what has been told a secret.)

“Put your money where your mouth is.”
(Fully prove it.)

“pick up your feet.”
(Stop dragging your feet on the ground/floor.)

Do you have any American sayings/ phrases to share? Comment them here, jog our memories, make us laugh.

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  1. Act your age!Behave more maturely! (a rebuke for someone who is acting childish. Often said to a child who is acting like an even younger child.)
    Jonny was squirming around and pinching his sister. His mother finally said, “Jonny, act your age!”
    Child: Aw, come on! Let me see your book! Mary: Be quiet and act your age. Don’t be such a boy.
  2. After while(, crocodile)Good-bye till later; See you later. (The word crocodile is used only for the sake of the rhyme. It is the response to See you later, alligator.) 
    Mary: See you later. Bill: After while, crocodile.
  3. Age before beautya comical and slightly rude way of encouraging someone to go ahead of oneself; a comical, teasing, and slightly grudging way of indicating that someone else should or can go first. 
    As they approached the door, Bob laughed and said to Bill, “Age…

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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in nostalgic


6 responses to “American Phrases

  1. Rosaliene Bacchus

    September 12, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for sharing. I find this very useful for my novel in progress. The antagonist in my novel is an American from Ohio. I’d love to know where I could find words and phrases unique to Ohioans.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. America On Coffee

    September 12, 2016 at 11:55 am

    You are welcome, Rosaliene. Interesting subject here. You’re on the right track. I get a lot of info from old folks, university labs and societal organizations. Wishing you great success!!


  3. Benn Bell

    October 6, 2016 at 4:01 am

    The eagle screams on Friday.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. America On Coffee

    October 11, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Haven’t heard that phrase. Please interpret. Or, can the phrase mean ‘a cry from working to resting?’


  5. Carl D'Agostino

    October 15, 2016 at 3:27 am

    I have visited many bloggers from countries outside of the US and it is surprising how many have integrated such seemingly unique American phrases into their culture and language. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. America On Coffee

    October 15, 2016 at 4:14 am

    Thank you , Carl D’Agostino for your visit and like (s) as well. Your blog and postings do make me smile. :-) I hope you will visit the orig. post. I am sure you will appreciate lovely, classy blog whose post I’ve shared.

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