The Latin term translated as "seize the day" means to make the most of one's experiences or opportunities. Carrot or the stick. Provide an incentive, rather than a punishment to get people to do what you want. Cast in stone. Catawampus or Cattywampus. Catching some "z's". Catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. An expression meaning you can win people to your side more easily by gentle persuasion and flattery than by hostile confrontation.
Catch the eye of someone. An expression meaning to get someone's attention by making eye contact at the same time, or to be noticed by them. Cat got your tongue? An expression meaning you are unusually quiet, or speechless as in not knowing what to say. This expression is an analogy that a cat won't win the game of trying to catch its tail, and you can't win a tied game of Tic Tac Toe. Cat's out of the bag. C'est la vie.
Change your tune, or sing a different tune. Cheap skate. Cheshire cat. A reference to the magical cat character in "Alice in Wonderland" who disappeared except for his smile, it refers to anyone with a conspicuous and long-lasting smile. Chicken and egg situation. It's a chicken and egg situation. Chomping at the bit. An expression originating from horses chewing on the bits in their mouths, it means to be very eager or impatient.
Chose the path less traveled. Though many would say this means the freedom to be unconventional, it actually refers to a man confronted by a fork of equally worn paths who chose one, and will say he took the one less-traveled if someone asks. Someone who has illegally seized or stolen property or the rights of another. Clear as a bell.
An expression meaning easy to understand, similar in meaning to "ring a bell. Cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. An expression meaning that a bad day can be overcome with a good attitude, similar to. An expression meaning that a bad day can be overcome with a good attitude, similar to "mind over matter". Clowning around. An expression meaning to change one's mind and not proceed with a prior commitment.
Cold shoulder. Come hell or high water. Come out of your shell. Cookie crumbles.
An expression meaning the way things worked out, nothing can be done about it, similar to "ball bounces". Couch potato. An expression meaning someone is very lazy or sedentary, they could lay on the couch all day without moving.
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Count one's lucky stars. An expression meaning to break a promise or to abandon something because of fear, cowardice, exhaustion, or loss of enthusiasm. Creature comforts. An expression referring to things which provide physical ease such as good food, warm clothing, and accommodations. An expression meaning something or someone that causes an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease. Cross my heart and hope to die. Cross to bear. A burden or trial one must put up with, similar to "an albatross around my neck".
A slang expression used as an adjective, describing someone that has well-defined muscles. Cut both ways. An expression meaning a piece of information that can serve both sides of an argument. Cutting edge. An expression meaning the latest or most advanced stage in the development of something.
Cutting off your nose to spite your face. You're cutting off your nose to spite your face. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. I'm damned if I do, damned if I don't. Damn the torpedoes. A quote by Admiral David Farragut during the Battle of Mobile which has come to mean continue with the planned course of action despite known risks. We're going to have this picnic even if the forecast says it will only be 50 degrees.
Day dreaming. Drifting off in your thoughts to think about other pleasant thoughts instead of concentrating on the subject at hand. An expression meaning a person or a thing that is unsuccessful, useless or defunct. Dead in the water. An expression originating from a ship unable to move, it has come to mean something has failed, and that there is little hope of it being successful in the future.
Deal with the hand or cards you were dealt. Death and taxes, the only two things that are certain. Benjamin Franklin's practical epigram observing that while many things in life aren't certain, death and taxes are. Death's door. To be so ill as to be on the point of dying, often used as an exaggeration of ill health.
Deer in the headlights. Devil made me do it! Devil makes work for idle hands. An expression, usually used to remind children to remain busy, so they don't have time to create mischief or commit crimes. Devil's advocate. An expression meaning to pursue a line of questioning which questions or opposes whatever position is being expressed. Devil's in the details. An expression meaning the hard part is sorting out all the details, after a major agreement has been reached.
Died in the wool. An expression meaning deeply ingrained as part of someone's character, similar to "bred in the bone".
Dime a dozen. Dog and pony show. Organizing an event or show to impress others or explain the value of something. To fold down a corner of a page to mark a place in a book, or something from paper with corners worn with use. Dog eat dog. An expression meaning a very competitive situation in which people can be cruel and relentless. Dog with a bone. An expression describing someone who won't give up or stop talking about something, wants more. Story link, related to being greedy and losing what you have. Don't be like the grasshopper. An expression meaning that if you play all the time, instead of working, you might be sorry and hungry when times get tough.
Don't bite off more than you can chew. Don't count your chickens until they've hatched. An expression meaning don't act on the promise or potential of something, wait until you know something is certain. Don't cry over spilled milk. An expression meaning it doesn't do any good to be unhappy about something that has already happened or that can't be helped.
Don't fix what ain't broke. Don't know someone from Adam. Don't let the fox guard the henhouse. Don't assign the duty of protecting or controlling valuable information or resources to someone who is likely to exploit that opportunity. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Don't rely on just one source or action, spread your resources around in case you lose that one "basket". Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Down for the count. An expression meaning having been, or very near to being, defeated, ruined, or overcome; from boxing, when the referee counts to 10 after a boxer has been knocked out and is down on the mat.
Jacob is down for the count. Down in the dumps. Down the rabbit hole. An expression meaning to get distracted or caught up in something confusing that you may not be able to get yourself out of, a literary reference when Alice fell down a hole into a surreal world she couldn't understand. Down the road, in the long run. Drama queen. Draw the last straw. Dressed to the nines. Early bird gets the worm. Ears are burning. What you say to someone who walks into the room after you've just been talking about them. An expression meaning within range of someone being able to overhear a conversation.
Easy come, easy go. An expression meaning to not get upset and just go along with whatever happens. Easy on the eyes. Eating crow. Eeny meeny miny moe. An expression referring to a childhood counting game to determine who is "it" and "not it". Egg on your face. Egg someone on. An expression meaning to taunt someone to keep doing something or provoke someone to action. Empty threats. Everything's better with bacon. A superstitious belief that a look or stare from someone could cause material harm. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Commenserate retribution or punishment which is equivalent to the original offense.
Eyes are bigger than your stomach. Face the music. To be confronted with unpleasant consequences of one's actions, similar to "pay the piper". Take something for what it actually is, not a literal or exaggerated meaning. Fall off the turnip truck. False bill of goods. Feed the fire or stoke the fire. Continue to act or provide reason for someone else to remain excited or upset. Feel it in your bones. Fifth wheel. This expression means to be involuntarily discharged or terminated from a job or assignment.
Fire in the belly. Fish or cut bait. An expression meaning to take action, rather than remain at a stand-still, similar to "shit or get off the pot". Fish out of water. Fit as a fiddle. Fit to be tied. Flash in the pan. An expression meaning something won't last or is a temporary sensation, also known as a "one hit wonder". Flying by the seat of your pants. Follow in your footsteps. Follow suit. An expression related to playing cards, in which you follow along or do what is required because those are the rules or that's what's expected.
Fox in a hen house. Someone or a circumstance which clearly takes advantage of those who are helpless and indefenseable. Full of piss and vinegar, or pep and vinegar. Full steam or speed ahead. An expression meaning to be on course or proceed as planned at an optimum pace.
She's such a fussbudget! Gave someone a heart attack. Get one's licks in. An expression meaning to hit one's opponent, injure them, but not necessarily win. Get on the stick. Get religion. An expression meaning to become serious about something, usually after a powerful experience. Get the boot. An expression meaning to get kicked out of kicked off by someone in a position of authority. Get the monkey off my back.
Get the show on the road. Get the wheels in motion. An expression reminding a person to be grateful for the gift they received, without being critical of it. Be grateful for the pink socks, even though you wanted a complete outfit. Give me liberty or give me death. Words from a speech by Patrick Henry urging the American colonies to revolt against England.
Giving one's eye teeth. An expression meaning to give something one considers very precious, usually in exchange for an object or situation one desires. An expression meaning to work hard to achieve good results in the tasks that they have been given. God helps those who help themselves. An expression meaning to be self-sufficient, rather than rely on others for assistance or guidance. Go fry an egg. Going against the grain.
Doing or thinking something that is different than what most people are doing or thinking. Going like gangbusters. Meaning great excitement and vigor, inspired by a mid-twentieth century American radio program Gang Busters, which began each episode with numerous sound effects. Someone who covets other people's money, and seeks companions who may spend it for their benefit. Golden Rule. A moral lesson in The Bible Book of Matthew and in many stories: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" means to treat other people the way you want to be treated.
Golden ticket. An expression meaning to get an unexpected or improbable opportunity, a reference to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Good company. An expression meaning to not be ashamed of making a mistake because respectable or important people have made the same mistake. Good for the goose is good for the gander. What is good for a man is equally good for a woman; or, what a man can have or do, so can a woman have or do. Goody two shoes.
An expression usually derogatory describing someone who always does what is right, never gets into trouble. May have come from a nursery rhyme about an orphan girl with only one shoe. Going to a dance or event without a partner, when bringing a date might be expected. Got gumption or grit. A compliment meaning someone is spirited, resourceful, and takes initiative without being afraid.
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An expression used to describe the best person to deal with a particular problem, or something that is a dependable solution. Grass is always greener on the other side. An expression that means to be envious of other's circumstances as more favorable than one's own. I guess the grass is always greener. Gravy train. An expression referring to a situation in which someone can make a lot of money for very little effort. Green thumb. Green with envy. Hack or hack job. A football and a religious term, whereby someone throws a long pass or tries for something that's a long shot on the chance it may just be successful.
Hair of the dog that bit you. An expression meaning go back for a little bit more of what just got you sick like drinking alcohol to treat a hangover. Half in the bag. An expression meaning someone is drunk, "in the bag" can also mean something is secured. An expression meaning hit or beat, attacked or forcefully criticized.
Another meaning is to be extremely intoxicated. Handle on something. Hang-dog look. Hang one's hat. An expression meaning a place where someone lives, frequents, or feels comfortable. Happy as a pig in shit or happy as a pig in a poke. Happy camper. Someone who is cheerfully unconcerned about the future or possibility of problems. Hard nut to crack, tough nut to crack. Have a firm foundation. Having a "come to Jesus". An expression meaning to reveal or express one's true feelings or actions to another in order to understand the truth.
Head over heels. Literally, look up and get out of the way because something is about to hit you. Heart in hand. Heart on your sleeve. Heartstring, pulling on your heartstring. Heaven help us. A spiritual reference meaning you can't do anything else except rely on faith or fate or God or angels in heaven to save you. Hell in a handbasket or Hell in a handbag. Hello, sugar pie! Hemming and hawing.
An expression meaning to discuss, deliberate, or contemplate rather than taking action or making up one's mind. An expression meaning to harass someone for little problems, rather than focus on the big-picture, similar to Back-seat driver". Here's mud in your eye. An expression or toast with glasses raised, then everyone drinks their beverage, similar to "Here's to your health". Here's to your health. An expression or toast with glasses raised before everyone drinks their beverages. He's got guts.
High on your horse, or acting high and mighty. An expression that means acting smitten, or bigger and more important than you really have a right to be. Highway robbery. Someone is exploiting customers by charging more than something's worth or not delivering services as promised. An expression meaning that it is clear to see what action should have been taken after the fact. Hit something out of the ball park. A baseball reference meaning to be successful or to do something extraordinarily well. You ran that meeting like a pro, Allan, you really hit that out of the park!
Hit the nail on the head. Hogan's goat. Something that is so messed up it is not even understandable or stinks like a goat. From a European goat farmer, Hoek Hogan, who raised a particularly smelly and ugly goat. Hold your horses, hold the phone. Hold your tongue, bite your tongue, or watch your mouth. Expression a mother might say meaning don't speak, take back what you said, or stop talking!
Hole in the wall. An expression describing a small, shabby place, often a restaurant or bar. In the UK, it can also mean a cash machine. Holier than thou. Holy cow, holy guacamole or holy crap. Honesty is the best policy. Horse's ass. Horsing around or rough-housing. Hot off the press. An expression meaning that something is new, just recently published, or ready to enjoy reading.
An expression meaning to be forced to acknowledge one's deficiencies or errors. Humpty Dumpty. A reference to the nursery rhyme, something or someone which once over thrown cannot be restored. I can read you like a book. An expression meaning your actions reveal your intentions very clearly opposite of "poker-face". If the shoe fits, wear it. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! I got your back. An expression meaning you are watching out for the well-being of someone else so no harm comes to them.
I have my hands full. An expression meaning I have enough to do that I can't assume another commitment. I'll clock you or I'll knock your block off. I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down! An expression threatening someone to commit harm or destroy them or what's precious to them. I'm dying to try it. I'm in the dog house. I'm stuffed.
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An expression meaning contented or satisfied following a delicious, plentiful meal. In a fishbowl. In a nutshell. In a pickle. An expression describing being in a difficult situation or problem with no easy answer, from the Dutch word 'pekel'. In hot water. In someone else's shoes. It's a dog's life. While you might think this would be a good thing, the expression actually means life is hard and unpleasant.
It's not over until the fat lady sings. It's not rocket science. An expression meaning an idea or term that anyone can understand without needing to be a rocket scientist. I wish I were a fly on the wall. An expression meaning you wish you'd witnessed or been present for something you didn't see directly. Jack of all trades. An expression meaning someone can do just about any task themselves or is well-versed in many skills. Jinx someone. We haven't lost a game all season.
Now we'll lose! An expression meaning a newcomer, a novice, or recruit who has just recently joined a group, and may use the experience of others to their advantage. An expression meaning to use makeshift repairs or temporary contrivances, with only the tools and materials that happen to be on hand. Just a piece of meat. A derogatory expression meaning to be judged based on one's symbolic representation, rather than their substantive value.
Keeping up with the Joneses. An expression to compare to one's neighbor as a benchmark for social class or the accumulation of material goods. Keep one's cool. Keep on trucking. An expression meaning to carry on, persevere or continue plugging away, as in "keep on keeping on". Keep your eye on the prize. An expression meaning to stay focused on your goal or objective without distraction. Keep your eyes peeled. Kidding someone. An expression used for saying that someone wants someone to believe something, but everyone knows it is not true.
Kill the goose that lays the golden egg. An expression meaning to destroy a valuable way to make a living, carry out an unprofitable action motivated by greed. An expression meaning to something to keep one busy while waiting for something. Kiss my ass. A derogatory expression meaning that you don't care what someone thinks about what you said or did. I'm going to watch that movie whether you like it or not; you can kiss my ass!
Knee jerk reaction. An expression meaning an immediate, emotional, unthinking response to a situation. Knickers in a twist or knickers in a knot. An expression meaning to get very upset about something, usually not very important. Now, before you get your knickers in a twist, let me explain what happened. Knocking on heaven's door.
The popular song by Bob Dylan, the expression means tempting fate or close to death. Knock on wood. A superstition to actually find and knock on a piece of wood after saying something you hope remains true. Known by the company one keeps. Lame or lame-ass. An expression meaning something was completely one-sided, similar to "blow-out". Last straw or draw the short straw. Lead a horse to water, but one can't make him drink. I guess you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
Leap of Faith. An expression meaning to believe or attempt something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved. Learn by rote. An expression meaning to be able to quickly recall the meaning of the material the more one repeats it. Learn something by heart. Let bygones by bygones. An expression meaning to forget about unpleasant things that happened in the past, and especially to forgive and forget something bad that someone has done, similar to "bury the hatchet".
Let sleeping dogs lie. Let the chips fall where they may. An expression meaning to accept what's going to happen and to not interfere or change course. Lick your wounds. Like a bat out of hell. Like a red-headed stepchild. An expression meaning someone who's not like the others or who doesn't fit in.
Like clock-work. An expression describing something or someone is very predictable or punctual. Like mixing oil and water. An expression meaning two things that aren't meant to be mixed together, similar to oil and vinegar they mix, but settle separately. Listen to that baby purr. An anthropomorphic expression commonly used to refer to a properly running engine, computer or other machine. Loaded for bear. An expression describing people who stubbornly refuse to change their position or compromise to resolve a problem.
Long on the tooth. An unkind or humorous expression describing someone as old. As people age, their gums recede and their teeth appear longer. An expression meaning a venture or guess that has only the slightest chance of succeeding or being accurate. Look a gift horse in the mouth. A person who seems interested in buying something, but is just browsing, also someone who lingers around the scene of an accident, etc.
Loose lips sink ships. An expression referring to people sharing secret information that ruins everything. Lose one's head. Love is blind. An expression meaning to always see the best in people we love, overlook their faults and imperfections. Lucky devil. An expression meaning only moderately enthusiastic, unsure, or unable to commit to a position. Maybe I'll warm up to the idea later.
Make your bed, now lie in it. The expression means to make a decision and now one must accept the circumstances. Man your stations. An expression meaning being singled out for special treatment, usually to be harmed. Meet your match. An expression meaning someone who is even in skill or ability, or is a challenger. Mice will play while the cat's away. An expression meaning doing things that might not be permitted because an authority figure isn't present.
Mice will play while the cat's away! Milk it for all it's worth. Describing a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, especially one who is easily dominated or intimidated; inspired by the cartoon character, Caspar Milquetoast, created by H. Webster in Jared is milquetoast, he's too afraid to ask for a raise even though he's done great work for three years. Mind over matter. An expression meaning to use willpower to overcome physical problems, similar to "A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition". Monday morning quarterback. An expression referencing American football in which someone passes judgement on another person's decision or actions after the event.
Mother's love is blind. When you love some one, particularly your own child, you look past any physical or behavioral defects. Muddy the waters. An expression meaning to make a situation more confusing by introducing complications. Mud on one's boots. My hands are tied!
Nailed to the wall. Never cry wolf. An expression cautioning against falsely claiming a wrong or a crime, because when something actually goes wrong, no one will believe you. An expression describing a person who is habitually active or alert late at night. Nip and tuck. An expression meaning closely contested, hard to tell the winner or literally a cosmetic procedure to reduce wrinkles or fat. No bones about it. Clearly stating how you think or feel, no matter whose feelings may be hurt in the process. Nod and a wink, or nod is as good as a wink.
A way of saying you have understood something that someone has said, even though it was not said directly. No pain, no gain. No rhyme or reason. No shit, Sherlock. An expression referring to the fictional detective who pioneered deductive reasoning to solve crimes, it refers to an expression made by an individual in response to a statement that is considered obvious or stupid. The reason there is all this mud in the house is because you tracked it in on your shoes! No such thing as a free lunch.
When someone gives something or performs an act of kindness, there is generally an expectation or obligation to "pay them back". Not in Kansas anymore, Toto. A remark someone might make, quoting Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, when confronted with a foreign or unfamiliar experience or place. Not so fast. An expression one might say if they disagree or want someone to stop, slow down, or reconsider.
Not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Not to mince words. Nuts, nut-job. Odd man out or odd one out. On auto-pilot. An expression meaning something will run itself or doesn't require effort or skill. On a wing and a prayer. Once in a blue moon. An expression meaning something that doesn't happen very often, as in when there is a full moon twice in the same month.
One bad apple spoils the barrel or one rotten apple spoils the bunch. An expression usually referring to a person that is a bad influence or could ruin the experience for the group. One if by land, two if by sea. An expression referring to the secret signal by Paul Revere orchestrated during the American Revolutionary War: one lantern if the British were coming by land and two lanterns if they were coming by sea. On the fence. On the same wavelength. On thin ice. An expression meaning to be at risk of getting in trouble if current actions continue, similar to "the last straw". On your case, get off my case.
Open sesame. An expression meaning the secret phrase or way to open an opportunity, door, or fortune. Open up a can of worms. An expression describing actions or information which introduces unnecessary complications or new information that makes a situation more difficult. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Over someone's head. Over the moon. Pace yourself. An expression cautioning someone not to do something too quickly or to attempt too much. Panic button. An expression referring to someone who gets so distraught and reacts without thinking.
Pass muster. Patch things up. An expression meaning to make amends or remedy a situation, similar to "smooth things over". Payback is a bitch. An expression meaning when a person wrongs someone, they get a taste of their own medicine when that person seeks revenge. Pay the piper.
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An expression meaning to face the consequences of self-indulgent behavior, similar to "face the music". Pay the price. An expression meaning to suffer the consequences of doing or saying something. Peachy keen. Pecking order. An expression meaning a hierarchy of status seen among members of a group of people or animals, originally as observed among hens. Peeping Tom.
Peer pressure. An expression meaning to fit in by following along with the same behavior or attitude because your friends or people similar to you are doing it. Penny-wise, pound-foolish. Consider the original the foundation upon which all that BBQ greatness and innovation was built. The master has been surpassed by the pupil. Also, the master just kind of tastes like sweet ketchup kissed with liquid smoke, so it wasn't too hard to surpass. What makes it superior, though, is the actual flavor. Eat up, Satan. The first victim is always the chips that inevitably come on the side.
If you're Canadian -- or, like me, have a totally real Canadian girlfriend -- it's likely you've extolled the virtues of ketchup-flavored chips. These taste a lot like those. Except they'll make you miss them less. In case you were wondering… yes, they go well with whiskey. Crunch these suckers up on a burger. These are unexpectedly sweet, which allows you to let your guard down and let the minor heat creep up on you. They just taste like slightly sweet, regular Kettle Cooked Lay's with a bit of warmth. That heat didn't really cripple me. Nor did the southernness.
But that's cool. These are the first of the BBQ batch to really stand out of the crowd: They're sweet, with a strong tomato blast that's balanced by just the right amount of smoke. Even better, they go great with milk My Canadian girlfriend would love these. As with many of the Kettle Cooked chips, the texture is just a better vessel for the more aggressive flavors. Nothing crazy. Just a chip that can stand up to a flavor that usually overwhelms. I guess it makes sense with Doritos, which relies on a mishmash of often alien flavors likely forged in a futuristic lab to make them the best snack on the market.
They do. These just kind of taste like eating potatoes. I dunno. Sometimes boring is good. The thicker chip just goes a long way in mellowing the sweetness and fake smoke that make the original flavor such a drag. This is a superior BBQ chip based on that. That's an Original Lay's with less salt all right! The baked style of chips cuts the oil and actually lets the BBQ shine in a way most of the other flavors seem to miss. Just like my wife did as I wrote this.
My general gripe with this flavor of chip is that the salt gets trounced by the the overpowering vinegar, leaving you feeling like you just made out with a baking soda volcano at a science fair what, it never happened to you?! But the thicker and more flavorful kettle chips cut through that, allowing the vinegar to come out with an initial blast, then take a back seat. Also this chip is much thicker, and while it sounds gross to say, the extra chewing creates a lot more saliva in your mouth, which helps the ingredients come together in concert with one another. This is a flavor I usually dismiss or eat out of desperation.
Yet this is a chip I keep going back to. Maybe that kettle belongs to a witch. Lay's was a little late to the kettle-cooked game, sure, but its line of ultra-crunchy, oil-shimmering chips have come into their own, offering up a thicker, more flavorful vessel for the brand's many variations. It's such a good vessel, in fact, that the original is easy to overlook in favor of the more flavorful offerings.
But the fact is, even with just a little salt, these are a best-in-show contender for the style. Even better, they're less prone to breaking apart under the pressure of French onion dip. How the hell do they make Pringles mystery solved! Sure, Kettle and some of the fancy brands do, but why is the idea of putting a little black pepper in the mix so exotic-seeming in a world where we have fruit and meat-flavored potato chips? Chips are already salty.
And a little pepper adds the perfect balance. These are delicious. That they stick out like a sore thumb rather than the standard is insane. These are new. These are incredible. The little slats in the chips trap concentrations of pepper that just attack your mouth without any given notice, and it's wonderful. They only way to make these better would be to combine them with the Kettle Cooked version. The world might not be ready for this.