Shakespearean phrases frequently used in today’s discourse (2)

Here’s are 30 more of the Bard’s memorable sayings still in use today.

  • In the twinkling of an eye
  • It was Greek to me
  • Love is blind
  • Make your hair stand on end
  • Milk of human kindness
  • Much Ado about Nothing
  • Mum’s the word
  • Out of the jaws of death
  • Pound of flesh
  • Rhyme nor reason
  • Screw your courage to the sticking place
  • Short shrift
  • Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em
  • Star crossed lovers
  • Such stuff as dreams are made on
  • The Devil incarnate
  • The game is up
  • The Queen’s English
  • There’s method in my madness
  • This is the short and the long of it
  • To be or not to be, that is the question
  • To gild refined gold, to paint the lily
  • To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub
  • Too much of a good thing
  • Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown
  • Vanish into thin air
  • Wear your heart on your sleeve
  • What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
  • Wild goose chase
  • Woe is me


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