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Vote for the top 10. When making your vote think about things like... Have you used it. Has it changed your life in any way. Have you heard it over and over again. What will you pass on to your children. Will this phrase continue into the next century and be passed down from one genration to the next, is it popular, and will it continue to have meaning.

Whatever phrases win I'll dig up the origins and meaning for you.
Feel Free to add your own.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
A fool and his money are soon parted
A good man is hard to find
A house divided against itself cannot stand
A leopard cannot change its spots
A penny saved is a penny earned
A picture paints a thousand words
A place for everything and everything in its place
A woman's place is in the home
A woman's work is never done
Actions speak louder than words
All good things come to he who waits
All things must pass
All's fair in love and war
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Beggars can't be choosers
Better late than never
Better safe than sorry
Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
Birds of a feather flock together
Blood is thicker than water
Boys will be boys
Count you blessings
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Don't bite the hand that feeds you
Don't count your chickens before they are hatched
Don't cross the bridge till you come to it
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
Don't try to walk before you can crawl
Easy come easy go
Every dark cloud has a silver lining
Every dog has his day
Finders keepers, losers weepers
First things first
Flattery will get you nowhere
Good things come to those who wait
Great minds think alike
Hard work never did anyone any harm
He who laughs last laughs longest
He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
History repeats itself
Home is where the heart is
If God had meant us to fly he'd have given us wings
If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well
If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again
If you can't beat em, join em
If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen
It goes without saying
It never rains but it pours
It takes one to know one
It's better to give than to receive
It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
It's never too late
It's not worth crying over spilt milk
It's the early bird that gets the worm
It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
Keep your chin up
Laughter is the best medicine
Let bygones be bygones
Let sleeping dogs lie
Let the punishment fit the crime
Life is what you make it
Lightening never strikes twice in the same place
Like father, like son
Love is blind
Make love not war
Misery loves company
Money doesn't grow on trees
Money makes the world go round
Money talks
Never judge a book by its cover
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
Nothing is certain but death and taxes
Oil and water don't mix
One good turn deserves another
Opportunity only knocks once
Out of sight, out of mind
Possession is nine tenths of the law
Practise makes perfect
Put your best foot forward
Revenge is a dish best served cold
Rome wasn't built in a day
Stupid is as stupid does
Talk is cheap
That which does not kill us makes us stronger
The darkest hour is just before the dawn
The ends justify the means
The exception which proves the rule
The more things change, the more they stay the same
The pen is mightier than sword
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach
There's no place like home
There's no smoke without fire
There's no time like the present
There's one born every minute
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
To err is human, to forgive divine
To the victor goes the spoils
Tomorrow never comes
Too many cooks spoil the broth
Truth is stranger than fiction
Two heads are better then one
Two wrongs don't make a right
Where there's a will there's a way
Worrying never did anyone any good
You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
Bad egg
Back seat driver
Come hell or high water
Cut off your nose to spite your face
Diamond in the rough - A
Diamond is forever - A
Dog days
Eat drink and be merry
End of story
Face the music
Feeding frenzy
Fly by the seat of your pants
Fly on the wall
From sea to shining sea
Full of piss and vinegar
Get off on the wrong foot
Get used to it
Hell has no fury like a woman scorned
Hit the ground running
Hit the hay
I have not slept one wink
I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
Is the Pope Catholic?
Just in time
Knock on wood
Know the ropes
Know which way the wind blows
Less is more
Let there be light
Let your hair down
Level playing field
Like the Dickens
Middle of the road
Much Ado about Nothing
Never the twain shall meet
New kid on the block
Not playing with a full deck
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo
Old lang syne
One for the road
Out of sight, out of mind
Paint the town red
Pie in the sky
Play it again Sam
Play the race card
Politically correct
Pop goes the weasel
Put a sock in it
Put your best foot forward
Quality time
Raining cats and dogs
Read the riot act
Rhyme nor reason
Rise and shine
Rule of thumb
Run amuck
Share and share alike
Ship shape and Bristol fashion
**** for brains
Sleep tight
Smoke and mirrors
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
Son of a gun
Sour grapes
Space, the final frontier
Stand and deliver
Straight from the horse's mouth
Stumped
Survival of the fittest
Suspension of disbelief
Swan song
Take a back seat
Take down a peg or two
The Best laid schemes of mice and men
The bitter end
The blind leading the blind
The buck stops here
The call of the wild
The customer is always right
The die has been cast
The live-long day
The love of money is the root of all evil
The root of the matter
The **** hits the fan
The status quo
The third degree
There's more than one way to skin a cat
There's one born every minute
Things that go bump in the night
Third time's a charm
This is the short and the long of it
Three strikes and you are out
Thou shalt not kill
Tie the knot
Till the cows come home
Tomorrow is another day
Too much of a good thing
To be or not to be
Two cents worth
Wet behind the ears
Win one for the Gipper
Wing it
A sorry sight
As dead as a doornail
Flesh and blood
We have seen better days

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Sports cliches are the worst...

"Give 110%"
"Take it one game at a time"
"you can't teach height"
"the better team won today"
"we need a change of direction"
"closer than the final score indicated"
"this is a good team on paper"

...and, of course, my favorite sports cliche of all time..."He's really long"...

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Pole is offline Old 01-21-2003, 12:25 PM   #3
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I've used it, and I remember the origin (I don't see it on your list)

"the whole nine yards"

Roxran probably knows the origin too.

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MadMax is offline Old 01-21-2003, 01:16 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by A-Train
Sports cliches are the worst...

"Give 110%"
"Take it one game at a time"
"you can't teach height"
"the better team won today"
"we need a change of direction"
"closer than the final score indicated"
"this is a good team on paper"

...and, of course, my favorite sports cliche of all time..."He's really long"...
i love it when craig biggio says, "well..ya know..once again..that's baseball...that's how it goes."

and i say that as a big craig biggio fan!
 
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"Once in a blue moon."

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Quote:
Originally posted by Pole
I've used it, and I remember the origin (I don't see it on your list)

"the whole nine yards"

Roxran probably knows the origin too.
Doesn't it come from WWII where soldiers used the whole chain of bullets for a particular gun (gatling gun, maybe), and the length of the ammo was nine yards?

Anyways, my favorite saying is, "I'd tell ya, but then I'd have to kill ya."

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Origin
Of all the feedback that The Phrase Finder site gets this is the phrase that causes the most feedback and the most disagreement. At the outset it should be said that no one knows the origin, although many have an fervent belief that they do. These convictions are unfailingly based on no more evidence than 'someone told me'.

It is most likely that, like many phrases, it originated in colloquial use and has been appropriated as a general term meaning full measure in many different contexts. There are many things that can be measured in yards, so there are many plausible explanations of the phrase's origin. Regrettably, plausibility isn't enough.

The earliest known reference to the phrase in print is as recent as 1967 in 'The Doom Pussy', a novel about the Vietnam War by Elaine Shepard. In that context the phrase refers to the difficulties a character has with unentangling himself from an unwanted marriage. It isn't clear if the author coined the phrase herself, although the manner of its use in the story would suggest not. Ms. Shepard died in September 1998, so perhaps we will never know.

It does seem possible that the phrase was in use by WWII and I have several correspondents who claim relatives who remember using it in the US and British forces then. Once phrases are in common use though they do tend to appear in print within a year or two. The lack of any printed copy prior to 1967 supports the view that it originated in the 1960s.

These are some of the versions going the rounds: without evidence one is as good as another, take your pick...

It comes from the nine cubic yards capacity of US concrete trucks and dates from around 1970s.

The explanation refers to World War II aircraft, which if proved correct would clearly pre-date the concrete truck version. There are several aircraft related sources, 1. the length of US bombers bomb racks,

2. the length of RAF Spitfire's machine gun bullet belts,

3. the length of ammunition belts in ground based anti-aircraft turrets, etc. No evidence to show that any of these measured nine yards has been forthcoming.

Tailors use nine yards of material for top quality suits. Related to 'dressed to the nines'?

The derivation has even been suggested as being naval and that the yards are shipyards rather than measures of area or volume.
Another naval version is that the yards are yardarms. Large sailing ships had three masts, each with three yardarms. The theory goes that ships in battle can continue changing direction as new sails are unfurled. Only when the last sail, on the ninth yardarm, is used do the enemy know which direction the ship is finally headed.

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My votes are as follows.

Knock on wood
Money doesn't grow on trees
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
Better late than never
All's fair in love and war
Finders keepers, losers weepers
Great minds think alike
The Best laid schemes of mice and men
One for the road
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Anything that comes out of Clyde Drexler's or Craig Bigigo's mouth.
 
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Quote:
Originally posted by MadMax
i love it when craig biggio says, "well..ya know..once again..that's baseball...that's how it goes."

and i say that as a big craig biggio fan!
Damn you. You stole my thunder.

I saw the title of this thread and the first thing that came to my mind was, Mr. Cliche himself, Craig Biggio.
 
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I'd like to know about the piss and vinegar thing and the whole nine yards.

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The whole kitten caboodle(sp?)

and my favorite chinese proverb:

do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet

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Something that all English/Anglo sportspeople say with monotonous regularity:

'At the end of the day...'
 
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The whole 9 yards origin is above.

Full of Piss and Vinegar:
Meaning :Rowdy and boisterous.
Origin: Sailors who had had plenty to drink were in this condition. The vinegar may refer to the acidic form that cheap alcohol adopts when drunk, or it may be the vinegar that sailors drank to ward off scurvy

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"Kit and caboodle" (which is the most common form) dates back to the mid-eighteenth century and appeared first in England. There are a number of variants, including "kit and kerboodle" and "kit and boodle." The "kit" part of the phrase is of fairly straightforward origin, "kit" being an 18th century English slang term for "outfit" or "collection," as in a soldier's "kit bag," which contained all his worldly possessions. "Kit" may have come from "kith," meaning "estate," found today in the phrase "kith and kin."

"Caboodle" is a tougher nut to crack. As usual, there are a number of theories, the most likely of which traces "boodle" back to the Dutch word "boedel," meaning "property." Lawyers take note: "boodle" actually was a respectable word in its own right (meaning "estate") in the 17th and 18th centuries, and was even used in legal documents. But why "caboodle" or "kerboodle"? The "ca" and "ker" may be related to the intensive German prefix "ge," giving the sense "the whole boodle." Put it all together and you get "kit and caboodle," meaning "everything and all of everything," down to the last kitten.

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At the end of the day:

First became popular in the U.K. and drift westward. At the end of the day, "at the end of the day" is only an announcement of summarising and when all's said and done - it suggests that there will be an encompassing movement from the particular to the general, which at the end of the day is sometimes required, when all's said and done.

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Once in a Blue Moon:

Meaning
A very rare event.
Origin
A blue moon was originally cited as something impossible and later came to mean unlikely. There are rare examples of the moon actually appearing blue, after volcanic eruptions or unusual weather conditions. Another possible derivation is from The Maine Farmers' Almanac. When there were two full moons in a calendar month the first was printed in red, the second in blue.

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