a glossary inspired by the idiosyncracies of the English language.

a cut above the rest

Better than most others.

at the drop of a hat

barking up the wrong tree

beat around the bush

beat to the punch

best thing since sliced bread

break a leg

Good luck!

bright eyed and bushy tailed

close but no cigar

costs an arm and a leg

cream of the crop

don't put your eggs in one basket

dragging your feet

ducks in a row

give it the ol' college try

hill to die on

hit the nail on the head

in the dark

jump on the bandwagon

kill your darlings

To destroy, especially with conflicted motives, things or persons of which one is fond.

A remark by William Faulkner as advice to authors.

let the cat out of the bag

lost the plot

on a dime

to change directions very quickly, almost immediately

once in a blue moon

piece of cake


pound sand

put the cart before the horse

put your foot in your mouth


shit hitting the fan

shit the bed

shitting bricks

shoot yourself in the foot

shot in the dark

speak of the devil

takes two to tango

the whole nine yards

tongue in cheek

under the weather

when in rome