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Idioms and Their Origins - 111 popular and obscure sayings and idioms

By Sven Schabbach

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


★★★ Some of the English languages most popular as well as obscure idioms are now explained and their strange, historical, or hilarious origins finally revealed! ★★★

With 111 famous phrases, you can discover the meaning of the phrase, its use in practical context, as well as where the sayings actually came from or how they came to be known in our language today.

Learn how to spice up your daily vernacular with new and old idioms and delight your family and friends with your newfound knowledge.

Check out popular sayings and idioms such as “Water over the bridge,” or “Mountain out of a molehill” and discover how these sayings came to be!

This amazing app features the well-known idioms and common sayings in an accessible and stylish design, with many features to further enhance your experience!

Brought to you by the makers of the Top Charts apps “Congratulations” and “Cool Sayings”


✿ IDIOMS: With 111 popular and obscure sayings and idioms.

✿ SEARCH: A comprehensive search function allows you to zero in on keywords and use a full-text search, as well as browse the results in full view.

✿ FAVORITES: Store your favorite idioms or note them to share with others later!

✿ SMS: Now you can share directly with your friends with a SMS / Text function that allows you to send these popular idioms from your phone to theirs.

✿ FORWARD: Forward and share your favorite idioms on Facebook, Twitter, or by E-mail!

✿ RANDOM: Use the fun RANDOM button to find new idioms and popular sayings – just shake!

✿ FEEDBACK: Contact us with your ideas, suggestions, or feedback!

✿ DESIGN: Comprehensive, intuitive, and efficient interface makes reading, searching and sharing a breeze.

✿ SIMPLICITY: Easy navigation with a swipe forward and back to switch between idioms.

✿ OWN DATABASE: Don’t be limited by internet access! The idiom database functions without a connection, keeping you in the know anytime and anywhere!

✿ iPHONE / iPOD & iPAD: This universal app allows you to share between your iPhone, iPod, and iPad devices, giving you the enhanced accessibility and double the value!

Thank you to our app users and for the valuable feedback you have provided! We are always looking to hear your ideas for further updates so please contact us by e-mail at


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Customer Reviews


I love it. Now I know and understand certain idioms my mom use to tell me when I was a child.

Weak Content

I'll increase the rating if / when the content is upgraded. Most of the entries say the origin is unknown and there are so many common sayings missing that I have to rate the content as weak. I can't believe the origins of "blackmail", "chew the fat", "cold shoulder", "sowing your wild oats", "saved by the bell" and so many others are missing. Please keep upgrading the content and start providing the story behind the origin - not just the first time the saying was found in a written record which is not interesting at all.

Really great app

I feel like such a geek for saying this, but this app just excited the heck out of me. I love learning the source and reason for words and phrases in the English language, and this app does not disappoint in explaining all aspects of each idiom. Well put together, easy to navigate, and edited like a pro.