I can’t HACK it.
Faced with an impossible task
I’ve HAD it! (or)
I’ve HAD it up to here.
An expression used when you’ve had enough of something negative
Maiden HAIR, beautiful HAIR,
These words of praise I utter.
But, oh, how sick it makes you feel -
To find it in the butter
An old descriptive verse
Let my HAIR down
If you want your HAIR to grow quickly, cut it in the moonlight.
An old belief
A HAIR-brained idea
A crazy idea
Wouldn’t that HAIR-LIP the governor?
Exclamation made when something’s unbelievable
From: Jean Marie Helmcamp Myers – Feb 17, 1929 – August 28, 1997
Wouldn’t that HAIR-LIP you?
That’s what I call splitting HAIRS.
A remark made to someone who is too particular
A disparaging remark
Cut HALF in two
A redundant Texas expression
Don’t go off HALF cocked!
Don’t rush into something without making preparations.
HALF a loaf is better than none.
Be satisfied with what you have.
He’s finding out how the other HALF lives.
He is temporarily enjoying a high scale of living. (or) He has fallen on hard times and has to scale down
his standard of living.
He was telling HALF truths.
He was telling lies.
I have HALF-a-mind to do it.
I’m almost convinced to do something inadvisable.
That wouldn’t be HALF bad.
Indicating agreement with something
This is my better HALF
My husband (or wife), used in a casual introduction
Not very bright (For a real put down, one would say, “If you had one more wit -- you’d be a half-wit.”)
He was HAMMERING away on his opponents’ faults.
He was in the midst of a political campaign.
HAND in glove
We worked well together.
Didn’t turn her HAND
She didn’t do her share of the work.
Give me a HAND!
A request for help
Give him a HAND!
A request for applause
Had a HAND in it
Helped to solve a problem or cause a problem
Keep your HAND in.
Stay actively involved.
On the other HAND
An alternative solution
The left HAND doesn’t know what the right HAND is doing.
Someone is terribly confused.
They called my HAND.
They pointed out the errors of my ways.
You’ll have to HAND it to him.
Give him credit for his effort.
He’s a HANDFULL!
A remark made usually about a small hard-to-manage child
Can’t put a HANDLE on it
Can’t solve a problem
Flew off the HANDLE
Losing one's temper.
Old clothes especially those worn by older family members
A heap o’ HANDS makes light work.
If everybody does his part, there’s less work for everyone.
Cold HANDS, warm heart,
Dirty feet and no sweetheart
A remark made after touching some one’s cold hands
Had her HANDS full
Had a busy schedule
My HANDS are tied.
I’m unable to control the situation.
She didn’t do a HANDS turn.
She didn’t do her share of the work.
He saw the HANDWRITING on the wall.
He could see trouble ahead.
Everyone is quick to recognize good HANDWRITING and to judge its quality. It not only saves the time and
patience of the reader but is of extreme importance to the writer for it demands good posture at the desk which
promotes health and protects the eyesight.
An old handwriting exercise that was promoted by my 5th through 7th grade writing teacher, Mrs. Ollie
M. Dunn (1893-1980) (Mrs. C. E. Dunn), South Side School, Arlington, Texas.
HANG in there!
HANG it all!
Can’t get the HANG of it
Difficulty in learning to do something
Keep trying! You’ll get the HANG of it!
Words of encouragement
Let it all HANG out.
A relaxed attitude
Is there anything else HANGING fire?
Do we have any more chores to be done?
Just HANGING around
Nothing illegal allowed
HAPPY as a hound dog
He’s a HAPPY-go-lucky person.
Cheerful and optimistic
HAPPIER than a pig in slop
A tough person
You’re a HARD man, McGee.
A statement made to someone with strict rules, probably taken from the old radio show, Fibber McGee
HARD as a rock
He’s as HARD as nails!
A difficult person to deal with
Playing HARD to get
This is usually said of a girl who is giving a fellow a difficult time.
She keeps HARPING on the same subject.
She’s a nag.
At the drop of a HAT
Here’s your HAT. What’s your hurry?
Hold on to your HAT!
You’re in for a surprise.
Home is where ever he hangs his HAT.
A person who travels a lot
It it’s not true, I’ll eat my HAT.
A vow made when someone doubts your word
If two females were forced to share a dressing room, one of them would say, “If you see something you haven’t
got, throw your HAT at it.”
An old saying
It’s bad luck to leave your HAT on a bed.
An old belief
Keep that under your HAT!
Keep that a secret.
That’s old HAT.
Hope that doesn’t come back to HAUNT you!
Statement when someone has done something questionable
If you see a truck or trailer loaded with bales of hay, you say:
Bale of HAY, bale of HAY
Make a wish and look away.
Make a wish and don’t look back at the hay again, and your wish will come true.
Make HAY while the sun shines
Take advantage of your opportunities.
A HAY MAKER
A hard blow of the fist to some one’s head
That fellow’s a real HAY seed.
From the country
They were making HAY out of the situation.
This is what happens when a politician or someone in authority misspeaks.
Don’t be going in over your HEAD.
Don’t attempt something too difficult. (or) Don’t buy something beyond your means.
He fell HEAD over heels.
Hold your HEAD up, Maggie! You’re headed for the barn yard.
Keep your HEAD.
Don’t lose control.
Let me get my HEAD on straight.
Let me think about it.
He’s got the big HEAD.
Impressed with self importance
Little HEAD, little wit—big HEAD, not a bit.
I’m not so sure of the meaning.
So fast it would make your HEAD swim
Use your HEAD more and you’ll use your feet less.
Think things through before you act.
You’d lose your HEAD if it wasn’t fastened to you, (or screwed on tight.)
This is said to one who is always careless with their belongings.
Can’t keep our HEADS above water!
We are deep in debt.
HEADS are gonna roll.
Someone will have to take the blame.
I can’t make HEADS or tails of it.
I don’t understand.
If you bump HEADS with someone, it’s a sure sign you’ll sleep together.
An old belief
Let’s get our HEADS together.
Let’s make plans together.
Two HEADS are better than one.
Seek help with a problem.
I have a HEALTHY dislike for her.
A strong dislike
I couldn’t HEAR myself think.
You HEARD that right!
The one you love
A HEART as big as all outdoors.
A generous person
Cross my HEART and hope to die
An oath made when you swear that you are telling the truth
Eat your HEART out.
Pine away or be jealous
From the bottom of my HEART
Have a HEART!
Take pity on someone.
If your HEART is in the right place
If you are sympathetic
In your HEART of hearts
An expression used when you feel something deeply and sincerely
I’ve got my HEART set on it.
I want something.
Learn it by HEART.
Memorize your part.
My HEART bleeds for you.
Sarcasm to a constant complainer
She’s right after my own HEART.
A statement made when someone who pleases you
She’s wearing her HEART on her sleeve.
Her affections are plain to see.
That warmed the cockles of my HEART.
Someone did a kindness that made me feel good.
You have a good HEART.
You are a kind person.
Two HEARTS that beat as one
Two people in love
I hate to see you go out in the HEAT without your blanket.
If you can’t stand the HEAT, stay out of the kitchen.
If you can’t stand pressure, don’t subject yourself to it.
Turn up the HEAT on wrong doers.
Increase the punishment.
HEAVEN only knows!
HEAVEN protect us!
HEAVENS to Betsy!
Man! That’s HEAVY!
An exclamation indicating something is important.
H - E - DOUBLE bubble!
H – E – DOUBLE hockey sticks
An exclamation (or) a descriptive name for a place that is opposite of heaven
I’ve got the HEEBIE - jeebies!
Nervous and upset
Don’t drag your HEELS.
He dug in his HEELS.
He wouldn’t give in.
I bet that set you back on your HEELS.
I bet you were surprised.
A person of wealth
We were cooling our HEELS.
We took to our HEELS.
We were dragging our HEELS.
Oh! That HEIFER!
Derogatory remark about an obnoxious female
A HEINZ 57
A dog of questionable parentage
Come HELL or high water!
Going to HELL in a hand basket
Doomed to failure
HELL bent for leather
In a hurry
The road to HELL is paved with good intentions.
If you intend to do something worthwhile, do it now.
There’ll be HELL to pay.
Somebody will get the blame.
When HELL freezes over
A reference to something unlikely to happen
HELL’S bells (or) HELL’S bells and birddogs!
So HELP me, Hannah!
HEM and HAW
Hesitant about saying something
When your HEM is turned up, kiss it before you turn it down and you’ll get a new garment. (or) Kiss it and
make a wish. (or) It’s a sure sign you’ll get a letter.
A collection of old sayings from Martha Lili Freeman France, Sept 14, 1913 – Feb 27 2006
Every old HEN thinks her chick’s the blackest. (or)
Every old crow thinks her chick’s the blackest.
A remark that refers to parental bragging
Only a HEN can make money laying around.
Admonition to a lazy person
A man who has a bossy wife
As scarce as HEN’S teeth
That’s neither HERE nor there.
Unimportant facts or details
When some one addresses you with, “HEY!” you should answer them with,
“Hay was made for horses.”
HEY Lucille, let’s go to Mobile!
With a HEY-nonny-nonny and a ha-cha-cha!
To cure HICCUPS, count as you swallow nine gulps of water. (or)
Bend over and drink out of the wrong side of a glass. (or)
Inhale and exhale several times into a brown paper bag.
I didn‘t see HIDE nor hair of them.
I’ll take it out in HIDE.
Threatened punishment if you don’t pay back something you borrowed.
I’ll tan your HIDE.
A thread of punishment
He left her HIGH and dry.
He abandoned her.
He was wearing HIGH waters.
Outgrown trousers that are much too short
A reference to the ones in charge
Big time gamblers
It’s HIGH time you took action.
It’s time you did something.
It was HIGH brow music.
It was classical music.
They got HIGH behind.
In a hurry
They were HIGH-hat!
They were snobs.
We searched HIGH and low.
Made a thorough search
We had a HIGH-Heeled time.
A good time
We HIGH-tailed it out of there.
Made a fast exit
Trousers that are too short to be stylish
They were on the down HILL run.
Almost finished with a task
Tough HILL to climb
Faced with a difficult task
It was as old as the HILLS.
They lived so far back in the HILLS they had to pipe in daylight.
A colorful description of people living in remote areas
A HINT to the wise should be sufficient.
A mild warning or a little advice
Too bad your foresight isn’t as good as your HINDSIGHT.
It’s easy to say what you should have done.
HIT the hay
Retire for the night
HIT the road!
Impolite way to tell someone to leave
If you get HIT, you won’t leave a greasy spot.
A warning to a child about the danger of playing in the street
I never was HIT that close to home before.
They HIT it off right away.
Good first impression
We HIT it out of the ball park.
We met with success in an endeavor.
We HIT the road.
We started our journey.
We HIT the road in high places.
Traveled at faster than normal speed
HITCH your wagon to a star!
Show some ambition.
We searched HITHER, thither and yon.
We searched in a lot of places.
HO! HO! HO!
Not just Santa's greeting -- it's frequently used to express a type
of bragging on a job well done.
He HOBNOBS with high society
Associates with the wealthy class
It was a HODGE-podge.
He’s got a tough row to HOE.
Has a hard life
It’s bad luck to carry a HOE through the house.
Garden tools should be left outside.
Eating (or living) high on the HOG
Living the good life
Even a blind HOG finds an acorn once in a while.
Everyone has some luck sometime.
Go whole HOG!
Put all your efforts into an endeavor.
He was HOG-tied!
Incapable of action
That’s HOG wash.
We went HOG wild and pig crazy.
We had a wild time.
We were in HOG heaven.
Root HOG or die!
Advice to urge one to keep trying
You look like you’ve been in the HOG’S wallow.
Remark to a person who is slovenly in appearance
HOLD ‘er Newt! She’s a rarin’! (or)
HOLD ‘er Newt! She’s a headin’ for the pea patch!
HOLD that thought!
You just expressed a good idea.
HOLD the line!
Stay on a strict budget.
HOLD your horses!
A remark made to someone who’s rushing you
We were left HOLDING the bag.
We were left with a problem.
No HOLDS barred!
He felt like crawling in a HOLE and pulling it in after him.
He did not feel well.
His money was burning a HOLE in his pocket.
He was eager to spend his money.
I felt like I was coming out the wrong end of the HOLE.
I was feeling ill.
They lived in a HOLE in the wall.
A small room or a cramped apartment
We were in the HOLE.
We were in debt.
You need that like you need a HOLE in your head.
Obviously, you don’t need it.
Full of HOLES
Not a true story
That’s just like you to pick HOLES in it!
A remark to a super critical person
A joking remark made to the companion who’s driving. and there’s no place else to go
That really hits HOME!
To the point
There’s no place like HOME!
A comforting thought in more ways than one
You’ll be HOME, free!
A successful conclusion to an endeavor
We were going to see the HOME folks.
A visit to relatives, particularly parents or grandparents
Plain looking in appearance
We were on the HOMESTRETCH.
Final part of an undertaking
He’s the head HONCHO.
HONEST as the day is long
An expression used when you’re swearing that something is true
A night club
There’s HONOR among thieves.
An old saying but most likely untrue
Get me off the HOOK.
Make up an excuse for me.
By HOOK or by crook!
One way or another
On his own HOOK
On his own efforts
They fell for it, HOOK, line and sinker.
They were easy to fool.
In the HOOSEGOW
Detained in the jail house
I don’t give a HOOT.
I don’t care.
It’s just a HOP, skip and a jump away.
It’s not far.
I was HOPING against chance.
Looking for something good to happen in a bad situation
She’s a HOPELESS case.
She’ll never improve her attitude.
She believes in tooting her own HORN.
She believes in bragging on herself.
We stirred up a HORNET’S nest.
We unintentionally caused trouble.
We locked HORNS.
Had a disagreement
A HORSE opera
A Western movie
An iron HORSE
Don’t HORSE around.
Don’t play and waste time.
Don’t look a gift HORSE in the mouth.
When someone gives you a gift don’t be critical of it.
Don’t put the cart before the HORSE.
Do things in their proper order.
He’s a dark HORSE.
An unknown person in a political race
He’s as strong as a HORSE.
He doesn’t have any HORSE sense.
No common sense
He was as steady as a mill HORSE.
It’s a rare HORSE that never stumbles.
Everyone makes mistakes.
It was a one HORSE town.
Very small town
It won’t be seen on a galloping HORSE.
A statement made by a seamstress (usually mother) when she’s made a mistake in sewing on a garment
to be worn by a small child or an awkward teenager
She eats like a HORSE.
She has a large appetite.
She’s on her high HORSE.
She’s a proud person.
She tried to HORSE me into going with her.
She used persuasion.
That’s a HORSE of a different color.
A new idea is introduced
There’s no use in flogging (or beating) a dead HORSE.
When something is over, it’s over.
There’s no use locking the barn door after the HORSE is gone.
There’s no use in taking precautions after a loss.
You can lead a HORSE to water but you can’t make him drink.
You can give people an opportunity, but they have to make some effort.
She gave him a HORSELAUGH.
She made fun of him.
It was HORSEPLAY.
It’s straight from the HORSE’S mouth.
A claim that you’re telling the true facts.
A team of wild HORSES couldn’t drag me to it.
A statement made when you are refusing to do something
Don’t spare the HORSES!
Use utmost speed.
There are many HORSES in the stable but there's only one Secretariat!
There's only one first choice.
Hang a HORSESHOE for good luck.
Be sure it’s hanging with the two ends down.
They were HORSING around.
Taking part in non-serious activities
HOT as a boiled owl.
HOT as “H!”
Exclamation concerning weather
HOT as Hades!
Exclamation concerning weather
HOT as a hen in a wool basket
From: Eleanor Richards Cocke, December 28, 1918 - June 19, 2005
HOT as a two-dollar pistol firing uphill in a down wind
A fast and erratic driver
You’re in the HOT seat.
Under a lot of pressure
HOT under the collar
I’m in a HOT-bed of ____ (Political as a HOT-bed of Democrats or a HOT-bed of Republicans)
Outnumbered by the opposition party
In HOT water
Selling like HOT cakes
She’s HOT to trot.
Ready to travel
They’ve got him on the HOT seat.
He was caught in a compromising situation.
Too HOT to handle
We HOT-footed it away from there
We left in a hurry.
If you have a HOUSE under construction, you should put pennies between the studding of the front door frame
to wish for luck for the family that will occupy the house (or)
Wish for a child for each penny added.
An old belief
From: Genevieve Freeman Anderson, March 06, 1921-Oct 25 Oct 2000
HOW about that?
Expressing surprise about a development
HOW some ever -
An exclamation used when you’re making an additional statement
An exclamation of agreement
That’s a fine HOW do ya’ do!
An unhappy situation
We’ve HOWDIED but haven’t met yet!
We’ve said hello, but haven’t been introduced.
It was HUGHMONGOUS!
A description of something big
When some says “HUH?” to you, the answer is, “A pig say HUH. Pull his tail and he’ll say UHN-HUH.”
An old saying
A lot of confusion in connection with a celebration
Eating HUMBLE pie
Being forced to admit one is wrong about something
It’s a HUMDINGER!
Something huge and hard to manage
He HUNG on for dear life.
A grasp on something secure when your feel your safety or well-being is threatened
If you’re born to be HUNG, you’re not going to drown.
A prediction about your future. An Irish saying from Lois I. Gaston (1907-2001)
I was as HUNGRY as a bear.
I‘m so HUNGRY I could eat a horse.
Last performance or last action
Well! HUSH my mouth!
An exclamation of surprise
HUSTLE your bustle!