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Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 18, 2013 08:05 AM

Let's start

Sage advice.
Too many cooks spoil the stew
Apple of my eye

  1. BiscuitBoy Oct 18, 2013 09:36 AM

    Flat as a pancake
    Finger lickin' good
    Tequila makes her clothes fall off (goes with the previous)

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    1. re: BiscuitBoy
      annebw Oct 18, 2013 08:18 PM

      Don't count your chickens before they hatch

    2. melpy Oct 18, 2013 09:45 AM

      Don't cry over spilled milk.
      A watched pot never boils.
      Soup's on!
      Belly up to the bar.

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        BuildingMyBento Oct 18, 2013 10:17 AM

        In Indonesia, there's "nasi sudah menjadi bubur," which means "the rice has already become porridge." In other words, no use crying over spilled milk.

        1. re: melpy
          eclecticsynergy Oct 18, 2013 09:28 PM

          Old English expression- "A watched pot never boils"

          Old Russian expression- "Watched pot never boils over"

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          ricepad Oct 18, 2013 12:20 PM

          I don't think "sage advice" has anything to do with the herb. It refers to a wise person, a sage.

          1. BiscuitBoy Oct 18, 2013 12:39 PM

            "who put pepper on your ass?"

            1. KaimukiMan Oct 18, 2013 03:11 PM

              walking through waikiki, looking at the sunburned tourists, im often reminded of the expression: red as a (boiled) lobster.

              1. Paprikaboy Oct 18, 2013 03:13 PM

                My personal favourite: you've over egged the pudding.

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                  KaimukiMan Oct 18, 2013 03:16 PM

                  color me dense - i don't understand it, perhaps im over-egged myself.

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                    Paprikaboy Oct 18, 2013 03:30 PM

                    KM, It must be a very English idiom and as I've grown up with it, its quite hard for me to define. it;s similar to gilding the lily, over embellishing a story, making things more complicated or difficult in order to impress but not quite pulling it off,when a simpler solution would be better. It's all these but not quite.

                2. suzigirl Oct 18, 2013 04:29 PM

                  The proof is in the pudding.

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                  1. re: suzigirl
                    ricepad Oct 18, 2013 04:57 PM

                    "The proof of the pudding is in the eating."

                  2. LotusRapper Oct 18, 2013 04:31 PM

                    He/she's gone bananas !

                    You're toast !

                    Spammed (web/email)

                    Lickity split

                    Shut your piehole !

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                      needcoffee Oct 18, 2013 04:47 PM

                      He/she is a good egg
                      Bring home the bacon
                      Slow as molasses
                      Salt and pepper hair
                      American as apple pie
                      Piece of cake
                      Big cheese
                      Ain't no thing but a chicken wing
                      All that and a bag of chips

                      I think the last two give away the fact that I was a '90s kid :)

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                        KaimukiMan Oct 22, 2013 01:27 AM

                        American as apple pie made me think of other nationalities that have food specifically associated with them:

                        Limeys: English
                        Kiwis: New Zealanders
                        Frogs: French (although thats pushing the 'food' association)
                        Rice Eater: Asian in general, often derogatorily

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                          linguafood Oct 22, 2013 09:11 AM

                          Huh! How could you possibly forget Krauts??!! '-D

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                            Pata_Negra Oct 22, 2013 02:11 PM

                            lol yeah. Krauts is a classic.

                            also, there are many good/funny food and beer proverbs in German. Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei. :D

                          2. re: KaimukiMan
                            Paprikaboy Oct 22, 2013 09:22 AM

                            The French have long called us English Rosbifs of course though they may have to start calling us frogs if this story is anything to go by.


                        2. cookie monster Oct 18, 2013 04:51 PM

                          Easy as pie
                          Takes the cake
                          Who p--d in your Cheerios?
                          Muffin top
                          Like white on rice
                          Beer goggles
                          Butter face

                          This is fun

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                            Chefpaulo Oct 18, 2013 05:02 PM

                            The world is your oyster
                            Happy as a clam
                            Cooked goose
                            Humble pie
                            Egg on your face
                            One bad apple spoils the barrel
                            Sour grapes
                            Pie in the sky
                            Have your cake and eat it too

                            1. girloftheworld Oct 18, 2013 05:06 PM

                              boiling mad
                              cool as a cuccumber
                              when life gives you lemons
                              stick a fork in it

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                              1. re: girloftheworld
                                LotusRapper Oct 18, 2013 05:14 PM

                                Easy peasy

                                Cut the cheese


                                Like a hot knife through butter


                              2. suzigirl Oct 18, 2013 05:17 PM

                                When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

                                1. LA Buckeye Fan Oct 18, 2013 05:30 PM

                                  That's the way the cookie crumbles.
                                  Let them eat cake.
                                  Let's make like jelly and jam.
                                  That's like rubbing salt in his wounds.

                                  1. mrbigshotno.1 Oct 18, 2013 06:00 PM

                                    Crude, I know: "It'll make a turd"

                                    1. suzigirl Oct 18, 2013 06:05 PM

                                      Not worth a hill of beans.

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                                        Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 18, 2013 06:21 PM

                                        They're liked fried eggs.
                                        Buns of steel

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                                          hummingbird Oct 18, 2013 07:16 PM

                                          elbow grease
                                          hot tomato
                                          eye candy
                                          don't get yourself in a pickle
                                          popsicle toes

                                          1. Veggo Oct 18, 2013 07:30 PM

                                            She is tougher than a two dollar steak.

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                                              ipsedixit Oct 18, 2013 07:41 PM

                                              ... and as cheap.

                                            2. LotusRapper Oct 18, 2013 08:14 PM

                                              "Well, kiss my grits !"

                                              Someone said that on an oldie TV show. Was it Flo on "Alice" ?

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                                                mariacarmen Oct 18, 2013 10:29 PM


                                              2. eclecticsynergy Oct 18, 2013 09:43 PM

                                                Don't care a fig

                                                sweet nothings

                                                Catching more flies with honey than you do with vinegar

                                                Hitting the sauce
                                                Getting stewed

                                                saccharine smiles

                                                hamming it up (with corny jokes!)

                                                1. mariacarmen Oct 18, 2013 10:30 PM

                                                  winner winner, chicken dinner!

                                                  1. LotusRapper Oct 18, 2013 10:38 PM

                                                    An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

                                                    As cool as a cucumber.

                                                    Man does not live by bread alone.

                                                    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

                                                    Three hots and a cot.

                                                    Pie in the sky.


                                                    Nectar of the gods.

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                                                      chileheadmike Oct 22, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                      Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

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                                                        mtlcowgirl Oct 23, 2013 05:42 PM

                                                        I also like the new version: Teach a man to fish and he sits in a boat and drinks beer all day.

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                                                          James Cristinian Oct 24, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                          That's not fishing, that's potlickin'.

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                                                        Just Visiting Oct 19, 2013 04:36 AM

                                                        You can't have your cake and eat it, too.

                                                        Which is actually, "You can't eat your cake and have it, too"

                                                        Think about it. Yes, you can have it and then eat it. Some or all of it.

                                                        Whereas once you eat it, having it is impossible. And even then, you could eat it and have it, if you ate only part of it.

                                                        When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time over-thinking these aphorisms. My mindset always was "why not? does that mank any sense at all?" Taught myself to challenge the conventional wisdom.

                                                        1. eclecticsynergy Oct 19, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                          talking turkey

                                                          "Everything beyond that is gravy."

                                                          a bubbly personality

                                                          like walking in molasses

                                                          carping on a subject

                                                          stewing in your anger

                                                          out of the frying pan, into the fire

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                                                            LotusRapper Oct 20, 2013 09:38 AM

                                                            Riding the gravy train.

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                                                            zillabreeze Oct 19, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                            The pot calling the kettle black.

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                                                              James Cristinian Oct 20, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                              Baseball expression, a can of corn. Also, a piece of cake.

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                                                                pine time Oct 20, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                6 pack abs

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                                                                  LotusRapper Oct 20, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                  I like my single keg-sized ab better ;-)

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                                                                    pine time Oct 20, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                    LOL--even as I typed mine, I was chuckling..."not that I would know personally...."

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                                                                      lagatta Oct 24, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                                      In Canada, that is called a "Molson muscle" after an old beer company.

                                                                  2. BiscuitBoy Oct 21, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                    and the ever popular, "I'd make tea with her panties"

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                                                                      ricepad Oct 21, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                      in General Use! General use!

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                                                                        seamunky Oct 22, 2013 09:28 AM

                                                                        that's a new one to me!

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                                                                          INDIANRIVERFL Oct 22, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                          I remember my English roommate at university using this one back in 1975. But then the ratio was 18 guys to every gal.

                                                                        2. re: BiscuitBoy
                                                                          seamunky Oct 22, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                          The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese!

                                                                          Sweetie pie (anyone have a recipe?)

                                                                          Like peas in a pod

                                                                          1. re: BiscuitBoy
                                                                            Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 22, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                            Cream with your tea?

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                                                                              BiscuitBoy Oct 22, 2013 12:33 PM


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                                                                                Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 23, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                                No, in. Special variety.

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                                                                                  Veggo Oct 23, 2013 05:10 PM


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                                                                                    BiscuitBoy Oct 24, 2013 06:13 AM

                                                                                    maybe on fire island or provincetown, my friend, but not here

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                                                                                  KaimukiMan Oct 23, 2013 04:11 PM


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                                                                                INDIANRIVERFL Oct 22, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

                                                                                1. jrvedivici Oct 22, 2013 12:54 PM

                                                                                  Butter my ass and call me a biscuit!

                                                                                  1. PotatoHouse Oct 24, 2013 05:10 PM

                                                                                    "Just because your cat has her kittens in the oven don't make 'em biscuits!"

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                                                                                      BiscuitBoy Oct 25, 2013 06:13 AM

                                                                                      "they call me tater-salad"

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                                                                                        Tripeler Oct 25, 2013 07:26 AM

                                                                                        Biscuit Boy, oh man, is Ron White ever funny. He's the only genuine redneck comedian, and the rest have to work at it.

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                                                                                      Bkeats Oct 25, 2013 06:33 AM

                                                                                      Surprised that "stir the pot" or "if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen" have not come up yet

                                                                                      The ever popular "watch your p's and q's"

                                                                                      I've always like the phrase "that's (manure) with whipped cream and a cherry on top"

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                                                                                        BiscuitBoy Oct 25, 2013 06:38 AM

                                                                                        p's and q's?

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                                                                                          Chefpaulo Oct 25, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                                                          Pints and quarts. There are multiple theories about the origin but I always heard it was an English pub saying admonishing customers to watch their consumption if they started getting loud or boisterous.

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                                                                                            ricepad Oct 25, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                                                            I heard it was an admonition from the innkeeper to the barman/maid to keep customers' running tabs straight, where the tab would be a list consisting of p's and q's, as appropriate.

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