Everyday Expressions
From Shakespeare
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A fool's paradise.u0097Romeo and Juliet.
A foregone conclusion.u0097Othello.
A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!u0097Richard III.
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him.u0097Hamlet.
A little pot and soon hot.u0097The Taming of the Shrew.
All the world's a stage.u0097As You Like It.
All's well that ends well.u0097All's Well That Ends Well.

As . . . luck would have it.u0097The Merry Wives of Windsor.
As white as driven snow.u0097The Winter's Tale.
Beware the ides of March.u0097Julius Caesar.
Blow, blow, thou winter wind.u0097As You Like It.
Brave new world.u0097The Tempest.
Brevity is the soul of wit.u0097Hamlet.
Cold comfort.u0097King John.
Come full circle.u0097King Lear.
Come what may.u0097Macbeth.
Conscience does make cowards of us all.u0097Hamlet.
Cowards die many times before their deaths.u0097Julius Caesar.
Crack of doom.u0097Macbeth.
Death by inches.u0097Coriolanus.
Dish fit for the gods.u0097Julius Caesar.
Dog will have its day.u0097Hamlet.
Done to death.u0097Much Ado About Nothing.
Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble.u0097Macbeth.
Eaten me out of house and home.u0097Henry IV.
Elbow room.u0097King John.
Et tu, Brute! [Latin: And you, Brutus!]u0097Julius Caesar.
Every inch a king.u0097King Lear.
Fatal vision.u0097Macbeth.
Flaming youth.u0097Hamlet.
Frailty, thy name is woman.u0097Hamlet.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.u0097Julius Caesar.
Give the devil his due.u0097Henry IV.
Green-eyed monster.u0097Othello.
Halcyon days.u0097Henry VI.
Hearts of gold.u0097Henry VI Part I.
Her infinite variety.u0097Antony and Cleopatra.
Hold a candle to.u0097The Merchant of Venice.
I am fortune's fool.u0097Romeo and Juliet.
I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.u0097Merry Wives of Windsor.
I have not slept one wink.u0097Cymbeline.
I must be cruel, only to be kind.u0097Hamlet.
In my mind's eye.u0097Hamlet.
It's a wise father that knows his own child.u0097The Merchant of Venice.
It smells to heaven.u0097Hamlet.
It was Greek to me.u0097Julius Caesar.
Kill . . . with kindness.u0097The Taming of the Shrew.
Lend me your ears.u0097Julius Caesar.
Let slip the dogs of war.u0097Julius Caesar
Lord, what fools these mortals be!u0097A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Love is blind.u0097The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare appears to have copied this line from Chaucer's Love Is Blynd).
Lov'd not wisely, but too well.u0097Othello.
Merry as the day is long.u0097Much Ado About Nothing.
More sinned against than sinning.u0097King Lear
My own flesh and blood.u0097The Merchant of Venice.
My salad days, when I was green in judgement.u0097Antony and Cleopatra.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be.u0097Hamlet.
Neither rhyme nor reason.u0097As You Like It.
Now is the winter of our discontent.u0097Richard III.
Once more unto the breach.u0097Henry V.
One fell swoop.u0097Macbeth.
Out, damned spot!u0097Macbeth.
Out of the question.u0097Love's Labour's Lost.
Paint the lily.u0097King John.
Parting is such sweet sorrow.u0097Romeo and Juliet.
Play fast and loose.u0097Love's Labour's Lost.
Primrose path.u0097Hamlet.
Put out the light.u0097Othello.
Seamy Side.u0097Othello.
Short and the Long of It.u0097Merry Wives of Windsor.
Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep.u0097Henry VI, Part II.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.u0097Hamlet.
Something wicked this way comes.u0097Macbeth.
Something in the wind.u0097The Comedy of Errors.
Sorry sight.u0097Macbeth.
Sound and the Fury.u0097Macbeth.
Spotless reputation.u0097Richard III.
Star-cross'd lovers.u0097Romeo and Juliet.
Strange bedfellows.u0097The Tempest.
Sweets to the sweet.u0097Hamlet,
What's in a name?u0097Romeo and Juliet.
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.u0097The Merchant of Venice.
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.u0097Henry VI.
The lady doth protest too much.u0097Hamlet.
The play's the thing.u0097Hamlet.
The quality of mercy is not strained.u0097The Merchant of Venice.
The short and the long of it.u0097The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The working day world.u0097As You Like It.
The world's mine oyster.u0097The Merry Wives of Windsor.
There is a tide in the affairs of men.u0097Julius Caesar.
They say an old man is twice a child.u0097Hamlet.
This was the noblest Roman of them all.u0097Julius Caesar.
Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.u0097Hamlet.
Throw cold water on it.u0097The Merry Wives of Windsor.
'Tis neither here nor there.u0097Othello.
To be, or not to be: that is the question.u0097Hamlet.
Too much of a good thing.u0097As You Like It.
To thine own self be true.u0097Hamlet.
Unkindest cut of all.u0097Julius Caesar.
We are such stuff as dreams are made of.u0097The Tempest.
What's past is prologue.u0097The Tempest.
Woe is me.u0097Hamlet.