Word Lists

20 -- 20/20 hindsight
having a better understanding of the way something should have been done after it has already occurred

Words & Phrases

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queen of mean

Word List: Short Sayings Q-Z

a viciously mean girl

Nancy is the queen of mean.  I never see her smile!

riding a bike

Word List: Short Sayings Q-Z

you will always remember how to do it


Patricia:  I haven’t gone ice skating in a very long time. 

Michelle:  No worries.  It’s like riding a bike!

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rings a bell

Word List: Short Sayings Q-Z

a reminder of something that you already experienced


Nina:  Do you remember Victor Rogers?  

Jay:  Yeah .. his name rings a bell. What about ‘im?  

rub it in

Word List: Short Sayings Q-Z

making a bad situation worse by talking about it again

Don’t rub it in.  I know I messed up!

short and sweet

Word List: Short Sayings Q-Z

fast and simple

My presentation will be short and sweet. I promise.

shoulda, woulda, coulda

Word List: Short Sayings Q-Z

a phrase that we use after something we said or wish we had done (I should have, I would have, I could have)


Mark:  I regret that I didn’t go with you to the concert.  

Mario:  Well... what can I say but shoulda, woulda, coulda!

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sleep on it

Word List: Short Sayings Q-Z

a phrase used when making an important decision that you don’t want to decide on right away, so you wait at least a day

I was accepted into three universities.  My counselor suggested that I sleep on it before deciding on which one to attend.

slowly but surely

Word List: Short Sayings Q-Z

little by little working your way towards a successful completion

He slowly but surely climbed the ladder making his way to the top position of the company.

spit it out

Word List: Short Sayings Q-Z

say what you are thinking right now

Spit it out!  We 'wanna' know what happened.

split the difference

Word List: Short Sayings Q-Z

when something is divided in half between two people, usually referring to money


Cathy:  There’s a balance on our hotel bill from breakfast yesterday morning.  

Rosa:  OK ... that's fine.  Let’s split the difference.

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