When I hear someone use idioms my mind automatically falls back to my mom. She used idioms in every conversation that I remember, she knew them all. I don’t think I could list as many as she said but there is a good chance that Google could help with that.

The idiom “give them an inch and they’ll take a mile” is used to compare letting a person do someone once and they may take advantage of you for 3 or 4 times. An example of this would be letting your grand-daughter sit and eat at her little table once and each meal after she has to sit there or she just isn’t hungry. Usually it is with adults who know better but this was also a good example.

Ok, so let me try and remember a few she said, and I’m sure my sister in law could come on board with more.

  • Don’t count your chickens before they hatch – don’t rely on something until your sure of it.
  • If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another – when we did one thing wrong it followed by another then another.
  • You Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds You – don’t hurt anyone who tries to help you.
  • You’re Barking Up The Wrong Tree – when we did something wrong.
  • Rise and Shine – time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school.
  • You’re driving me up the wall – when my brother and I irritated and annoyed her.
  • The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall – if a bully was bigger and stronger than you and you were picked on at school she said this, I think because they might suffer the consequences harder for being bigger.
  • Sick As A Dog – you had to be throwing up to be sick as a dog.
  • It Takes Two To Tango – when my brother and I got into a fight, we were always both wrong.
  • You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover – it isn’t what people do on the outside it is who they are on the inside that counts.
  • A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned – don’t spend a cent and it is added to what is earned.
  • Never Cry Wolf – if you were crying because you were hurt it better not be a false alarm when I get there.
  • Like a chicken with its head cut off – I have never witnessed this but my brother and I would preform this chicken dance I think, lol. I’ll have to ask him about this one.

    My dad had only one, maybe he needed only one it was:

  • You’re The Little Spoke and I’m the Big Wheel.
    Ya, those were the good old days. I guess mother was the one who taught us most of life’s lessons.

    From Nothing Becomes Something; I’m not sure about this but I think it is making something out of nothing.

    A Dime a Dozen – this is in reference to plenty to be found. Sea glass is not plenty anymore.

    How about you, do you use any idoms? Do you have a favourite that you use all the time?

    I love reminiscing and the word. xo, cindy


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