Cliche Exercise

Cliché Exercise

by Deb Brammer

Replace the following tired clichés with fresh ones that you make up.

1. upset–Don’t get bent out of shape.

2. naïve–I wasn’t born yesterday.

3. bored–I was bored to tears.

4. working too hard–He burns the candle at both ends. He has his nose to the grindstone.

5. anxious–She’s chomping at the bit.

6. the boss–the head honcho

7. cute–She’s cute as a button.

8. annoying–He drives me up the wall.

9. excited—She was like a kid in a candy store.

10. doesn’t fit in–He sticks out like a sore thumb.

11. old–She’s older than dirt.

12. young–When I was knee-high to a grasshopper…

13. little–itsy bitsy, teeny weeny

14. big—As big as all outdoors.

15. poor–He was poor as a churchmouse.

16. rich–She’s not hurting for money.

17. fast–She was faster than a speeding bullet.

18. slow–He is slower than poke.

19. stupid–If you gave him a penny for his thoughts, you’d get change. Somewhere a village is missing its idiot. It takes him an hour to cook Minute Rice.

20. Two people are alike.

They were like two peas in a pod.

He was the spitting image of his father.

21. He has a hard life.

He has a hard row to hoe.

22. I don’t want anything to do with it.

I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.

23. If you keep on asking the person may help you just to shut you up.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

24. Stop it before it gets started.

Nip it in the bud.

25. Work hard.

Keep your shoulder to the wheel.