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A list of phrases about peoples' names

A list of phrases about peoples' names

A list of phrases about food and drinkMost idiomatic phrases are figurative but some refer to people, real or imaginary, by name. Here's a selection:

A Daniel come to judgement

According to Hoyle

Achilles' heel

Adam's ale

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio

As happy as Larry

As old as Methuselah

As pleased as Punch

Before you can say Jack Robinson

Bill Stickers is innocent

Billy no mates

Bob's your uncle

Daniel come to judgement

Darby and Joan

Davy Jones' locker

Elementary my dear Watson

Elvis has left the building

Go for a burton

Godfrey Daniel

Good Samaritan

Gordon Bennett

Gregory Peck

Heavens to Murgatroyd

Heavens to Betsy

Here lies one whose name is writ in water

Hobson's choice

Hooray Henry

If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain

In like Flynn

Jack in the box

Jack of all trades, master of none

Jack Palancing

Jack tar

Jack the lad

Jimmy Horner

Jimmy Riddle

Johnny on the spot

Katy bar the door

Keeping up with the Joneses

Kilroy was here

Kiss me Hardy

Let not poor Nelly starve

Like billy-o

Like the Dickens

Mickey Finn

Moaning Minnie

Montezuma's Revenge

Murphy's Law

Mutt and Jeff


Name is mud

No way, Jose

Nosy parker

Not tonight Josephine

Oh, they have slain the Earl of Moray and Lady Mondegreen

On your tod

Peeping Tom

Peter out

Play it again Sam

Point Percy at the porcelain

Raise Cain

Richard of York gave battle in vain

Rob Peter to pay Paul

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

Rosie Lea

Round Robin

Say goodnight Gracie

Sexton Blake

Sweet Fanny Adams

Take the Mickey

The life of Riley

The real McCoy

Tom, Dick and Harry

Tommy Atkins

What's up Doc?

Win one for the Gipper

Your name is mud

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