What are some English idioms and phrases

100 German-English idioms and proverbs

1blind as a moleas blind as a bat2grin like a gingerbreadhorseto grin like a Cheshire cat3behave like an elephant in a china shopto behave like a bull in a china shop4roar like on a stickcry blue murder5stupid as bean strawas dumb as a post6fool someone into an X for a U.to lead someone up the garden path7throw in the towelto throw in the towel8still be green behind the earsto be half-baked9Killing two birds with one stoneto kill two birds with one stone10bite the bulletswallow the bitter pill11be off the hookbe out of the woods12not see the forest for the treessee the forest for the trees13talk about the bushbeat about the bush14talk your mouth fluffytalk until one is blue in the face15have several irons in the fireto have two strings to one's bow16smell the roastsmell a rat17Sweat blood and waterto be in a cold sweat18ripped offpull a fast one19do not mince your wordsnot to mince matters20have had enough be fed up21break over the kneerush one's fences22living in Grand stylelive like a lord23clear as mudas sure as eggs is eggs24lay on the high edgesave up for a rainy day25Put it through its pacesput something to the acid test26buy a pig in a pokebuy a pig in a poke27jump over one's own shadowbite the bullet28play second fiddletake a back seat29speak a word of powerput one's foot down30be on the wrong boatbark up the wrong tree31have two left handsfingers like toes32chat from the sewing boxgive away secrets33with child and coneeverything but the kitchen sink34Compare apples with pearscompare apples and oranges35call the child by namecall a spade a spade36look at the radishes from belowbe six feet under37look at the radishes from belowbe pushing up the daisies38bite the grasskick the bucket39put in the sandmuck something up40go down the draingo to hell in a handbasket41Ask holes in the stomachpester someone with questions42make a mountain out of a molehillmake a mountain out of a molehill43eating cherries is not good with himIt's best not to tangle with him44to bark up the wrong treeto be on the wrong track45nip something in the budnip in the bud46Yesterday's newswater under the bridge47get on your sockstake to one's heels48praise someone over the green cloverto price to the skies49up to somethingto have something up one's sleeve50one donkey scolds the other long-earedthe pot calls the kettle black51all roads lead to Romeall roads lead to Rome 52All good things come in threesThird time is a charm53Old love doesn't rustold flame never dies54Age does not protect against stupidityThere's no fool like an old fool55an eye for an eye, a tooth for a toothtit for tat56Better a sparrow in hand than a pigeon on the roofa bird in the hand is worth two in the bush57The apple doesn't fall far from the treethe apple does not fall far from the tree58The appetite comes while eatingAppetite comes with eating59 1) First come, first served
2) The morning hour has gold in its mouth
3) The early bird catches the worm1)the early bird catches the worm60The end justifies the meansthe end justifies the means61The cat bites its tailvicious circle62The beauty is in the eye of the beholderBeauty is in the eye of the beholder63The die is castthe dice is cast64misfortunes never come singlyIt never rains but it pours65One hand washes the other One hand washes the other.
(You) scratch my back (and) I'll scratch yours.
Oone good turn deserves another. 66A swallow doesn't make a summer One swallow doesn't make a summer.
One swallow does not a summer make. 67You don't look in the mouth of a given horse Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Never look a gift horse in the mouth. 68All's well that ends wellAll's well that ends well69All that glitters is not goldAll that glitters is not gold70People of the same kind stick together Birds of a feather flock together 72good things take timegood things are worth waiting for73haughtiness comes before the event Pride goes before a fall.
Pride comes before a fall. 74Dogs that bark do not bitebarking dogs seldom bite75You make your own luckEvery man is the architect of his own fortune76Children's mouth reveals the truth Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings.
Children are never shy about telling the truth. 77Lies have short legsa lie has no legs78You have to forge the iron while it's hot Strike while the iron is hot.
Make hay while the sun shines. 79Tomorrow, tomorrow, just not today, all lazy people saydon't put off for tomorrow what you can do today80The early bird catches the worm The early bird catches the worm.
The early bird gets the worm.
Early to bed and early to rise, that makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. 81Punctuality is the courtesy of kingsPunctuality is the politeness of kings82Speech is silver, silence is goldSpeech is silver, but silence is golden83constant dripping wears away the stone Constant dripping wears the stone.
Little strokes fell big oaks.84still waters run deepStill waters run deep85Among the blind, the one-eyed man is king Among the blind, the one-eyed is king.
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. 86Ignorance does not protect one from punishment Ignorance of the law is no excuse.
Ignorance is no excuse in law. 87too many cooks spoil the brothToo many cooks spoil the broth88What you can get today, don't postpone it until tomorrow A stitch in time saves nine.
There's no time like the present. 89What loves teasing himselfthe quarrel of lovers is the renewal of love90When you talk about the devil, he comesSpeak of the devil, and he will appear91Who will say a, need to say b as wellin for a penny, in for a pound92Anyone who digs a pit for others will fall into it themselvesharm set, harm get93Nothing ventured nothing gained Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Who dares wins. 94Who sows the wind will reap stormSow the wind, reap the whirlwind95First come first serve First come, first served.
The early bird catches the worm. 96Easy come easy goEasy come, easy go97As one calls into the forest, it resoundsWhat goes around, comes around98Where there is a will, there's a waywhere there's a will there's a way99Where wood is chopped, splinters must fallyou can't make an omelette without breaking eggs100time is moneytime is money101Wherever there is a carrion, the vultures gatherwherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather102Practice creates mastersPractice makes perfect103fight for a victory with all the bells and whistlesscramble a victory104You can't buy anything from fine wordsFine words butter no parsnips105fall into the house with the doorgo like a bull at a gate106when Easter and Pentecost fall on the same daywhen hell freezes over107talk about head and neckrisk one's neck with careless talk108stingy with praisebe sparing with one's praise109to be at the end of his wisdom / his Latinto be at one's wit's end