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Sayings that start with the letter T

Sayings that start with the letter T

Tail wagging the dog - The

Take a back seat

Take care of the pence and the pounds will take care of themselves

Take down a peg or two

Take potluck

Take the bit between your teeth

Take the cake

Take the gilt off the gingerbread

Take the Mickey

Take the upper hand

Take umbrage

Take with a grain of salt

Taken aback

Taken for a ride

Talk of the Devil

Talk the talk

Talk through one's hat

Talk to the hand

Tall story

Tanstaafl - (there's no such thing as a free lunch)

Tattoo phrases and sayings


Tea leaf


Technicolor yawn

Tell it to the marines

Tell me about it

Tempest in a teapot

Test your mettle - see show your mettle

That's all folks!

That's all she wrote

That's one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind

The ants are my friends, they're blowing in the wind

The apple of my eye

The back of beyond

The balance of power

The balance of trade

The bane of my life

The bee's knees

The belle of the ball

The best defense is a good offence

The best laid schemes of mice and men

The Big Apple

The Big Easy

The birds and the bees

The bitter end

The blind leading the blind

The bread of life

The buck stops here

The call of the wild

The camera cannot lie

The Canting Crew - phrases published in

The cat's pajamas

The chickens come home to roost

The child is father to the man

The collywobbles

The course of true love never did run smooth

The crack of doom

The Crapper

The customer is always right

The cut of your jib

The dark side

The darkest hour

The darkest hour is just before the dawn

The Devil has all the best tunes

The Devil Incarnate

The Devil is in the details

The Devil makes work for idle hands to do

The Devil take the hindmost

The Devil to pay

The die has been cast

The dog days of summer

The early bird catches the worm

The elephant in the room

The emperor's new clothes

The empire on which the sun never sets

The ends of the earth

The exception which proves the rule

The face that launched a thousand ships

The fat of the land

The female of the species is more deadly then the male

The fifth estate

The floozie in the jacuzzi

The fly in the ointment

The full monty

The game is afoot

The game is up

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

The great unwashed

The hair of the dog that bit you

The hairy eyeball

The heebie-jeebies

The Ides of March

The jury is still out

The land of nod

The last straw

The law is an ass

The life of Riley

The living daylights

The long arm of the law

The love that dare not speak its name

The monstrous regiment of women

The more the merrier

The moving finger writes

The mutt's nuts

The nth degree

The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings

The pen is mightier than the sword

The pip - Get/got/have

The pits

The pot calling the kettle black

The powers that be

The proof of the pudding is in the eating

The quick and the dead

The real McCoy

The road less travelled

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

The salt of the earth

The seven-year itch

The shoemaker always wears the worst shoes

The short end of the stick

The shot heard 'round the world

The sky's the limit

The smallest room in the house

The spirit of the staircase

The straw that broke the camel's back

The tail wagging the dog

The toast of the town

The third degree

The triumph of hope over experience

The upper hand

The usual suspects

The whole kit and caboodle

The whole nine yards

The whole shebang

The writing is on the wall

The wrong side of the blanket

The year dot

The Yellow Peril

There is more than one way to kill a cat

There are three kinds of lies...

There but for the grace of God, go I

There is no alternative

There's an R in the month

There's method in my madness

There's more than one way to kill a cat

There's no fool like an old fool

There's no place like home

There's no such thing as a free lunch (Tanstaafl)

There's no such thing as bad publicity

There's one (a sucker) born every minute

There's one law for the rich and another law for the poor

They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance

Thick and fast

Thick and thin

Thick as thieves

Thick as two short planks

Thin air - Vanish into

Thing of beauty is a joy forever - A

Things that go bump in the night

Think outside the box

Thinking cap

Third degree - The

Third time lucky

Thomas Paine - The writings of

Thorn in the flesh

Thou shalt not kill

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it

Three score and ten

Three sheets to the wind

Three strikes and you are out

Through thick and thin

Throw a spanner in the works

Throw the towel in

Throw good money after bad

Throw your hat into the ring

Thumbs up

Thus far into the bowels of the land


Ticked off

Tickle the ivories

Tickled pink

Tide over

Tie the knot

Till the cows come home

Time and tide wait for no man

Time's winged chariot

Tinker's damn

Tilting at windmills

Tissue of lies


Tit for tat

Tits up

To a T

To all intents and purposes

To be or not to be, that is the question

To beat the band

To beggar belief

To boldly go where no man has gone before

To boot

To cast the first stone

To err is human; to forgive divine

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub

To the manner born

To the nth degree

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive

Toast of the town

Toe the line



Tom, Dick and Harry

Tommy Atkins

Tomorrow is another day

Tongue in cheek

Too big for your breeches

Too much of a good thing



Tooth and nail

Top dog

Top drawer

Top notch


Total shambles

Touch and go

Touch with a barge-pole - Wouldn't

Touch wood


Tout de suite

Tower of strength

Train surfing

Trick or treat

Trip the light fantastic

Trouble and strife

True blue

Truth is stranger than fiction

Truth will out

Tuckered out

Tudor phrases and sayings

Turn a blind eye

Turn of phrase

Turn the tables

Turn up for the books

Turn up trumps

Twelve good men and true

Twenty three skidoo

Twenty four seven

Two cents worth

Two heads are better than one

Two peas in a pod

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