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Sayings that start with the letter S

Sayings that start with the letter S

Sacred cow

Safe as houses - As

Safe pair of hands - A

Safe sex

Sailing close to the wind

Salad days

Salt of the earth - The

San fairy Ann

Sandwich short of a picnic

Save face

Save one's bacon

Saved by the bell

Savoir faire

Say cheese

Say goodnight Gracie




Scott (Sir Walter - phrases coined by)

Scraping the barrel

Screw your courage to the sticking place

'Scuse me while I kiss this guy

Sea change

Sealed with a loving kiss

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

(Play) second fiddle


Security blanket

See a man about a dog

See a pin and pick it up, all the day you'll have good luck; see a pin and let it lie, bad luck you'll have all day

See red

See the wood for the trees - Can't

Selling like hot cakes

Seek and you shall find

Seen better days

Send packing

Senior citizen

Sent to Coventry

Separate the sheep from the goats

Set one's cap at

Set your teeth on edge

Sex and shopping

Seven-year itch

Sexton Blake

Shebang - The whole

Shaggy dog story

Shake a leg

Shakers and movers

Shakespeare - Phrases coined by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare - Words coined by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?


Shanks' mare/shanks' pony

Share and share alike


Ship shape and Bristol fashion

S*** end of the stick - The

S*** for brains

Shiver my timbers


Shoemaker always wears the worst shoes - The

Shoot through

Short end of the stick - The

Short shrift

Shot across the bows

Shot heard 'round the world - The

Shot in the arm

Shot in the dark

Show a leg

Show your mettle

Shrinking violet

Shuffle off this mortal coil

Shut your cake-hole

Siamese twins

(As) Sick as a parrot

Sick puppy (A)

Sight for sore eyes (A)


Silence is golden

Silly Billy

Silly season

Silver bullet

Silver lining - every cloud has a

(Born with a) Silver spoon

A list of 200 'As X as Y' Similes

Sir Walter Scott (phrases coined by)

Sitting pretty

Six ways to Sunday

Sixes and sevens - At

Skeleton in the closet

Skid row

Skin and blister

(By the) skin of your teeth

(The) sky's the limit

Sledgehammer to crack a nut - A

Sleep like a top

Sleep on a clothesline

Sleep tight

Sleeveless errand

Sloane Ranger

Slogans which have become commonplace phrases

Slush fund

Smallest room in the house - The

Smart casual

Smoke and mirrors

Snug as a bug in a rug

So sue me


Sod's Law

Sold down the river

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men, have mediocrity thrust upon them

Someone is walking over my grave

Something for the weekend sir?

Something nasty in the woodshed

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Son of a bitch

Son of a gun

Sorry sight

Sound bite

Sound out

Sour grapes

Space, the final frontier

Spanner in the works - A

Spare the rod and spoil the child

Speak of the Devil

Speak softly and carry a big stick

Special relationship


Spend a penny

Spick and span

Spill the beans

Spin doctor

Spirit of the staircase

Spitting feathers

Spitting image


Spring forward, fall back


Square meal

Squeaky bum time

Stand and deliver

Stand up guy

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Star-crossed lovers

Stark, raving mad

Stars and garters - My

Start from scratch

Starter for ten

Steal a march

Steal my thunder

Step up to the plate

Stick in the mud

Stick your oar in

Sticks and stones may break my bones

Sticky wicket

Stiff upper lip

Stiffen the sinews

Stinking rich

Stitch in time saves nine - A

Stone the crows

Stone's throw


Stool pigeon

Storm in a teacup

Straight as a die

Straight from the horse's mouth

Strain at the leash


Strait and narrow

Stranger danger

Stranger than fiction - Truth is

The - Straw that broke the camel's back

Strike while the iron is hot

Stuck fast

Stuff and nonsense

Stump up

Such is life


Surf and turf

Surfing the Net/surfing the Internet/surfing the Web

Survival of the fittest

Suspension of disbelief

Swan song

Sweet Fanny Adams

Swing for you

Swing the lead

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