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.”
“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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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.
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.
Age before beauty – a 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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