The Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

The Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms. Authoritative, accessible, and completely up to date, The Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms is an invaluable guide for anyone wanting to build their vocabulary and improve their writing skills. Over 140,000 alternative and opposite words are given with the closest, most frequently used synonyms listed first; in […]

Too many cooks spoil the broth

This saying is used when too many people are involved in the same task or when too many people work together on the same project, implying that the final result will not be good. This expression alludes at a possible lack of communication between the cooks, each adding, perhaps, salt or another ingredient to a […]

To be like a bear with a sore head

This is a simile which is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, so, if someone’s like a bear with a sore head, they are very irritable, they complain a lot about something and are in a bad mood when you wake up.

There’s a black sheep in every flock

“There’s a black sheep in every flock” implies that there is a scoundrel in every family. Someone whose behaviour is considered by the family to be bad, a disgrace or embarrassing. It could also mean that there is always one person who is special or who doesn’t behave or perform like the others. It could […]

In through one ear and out of the other

In through one ear and out of the other is used to say that someone does not remember what you say or pay attention to it as the do not heed or acting on the information given. It also describe someone who appears to listen or concentrate to something but then does not remember what […]

Money doesn’t grow on trees

The expression ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ is a reminder to younger people not to waste money and be careful how much they spend, because money is not an infinite resource that is easy to acquire. We can’t just walk around and pick money like fruit from the trees, but must be earned by working […]