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  Resources: Shakespeare's phrases
Updated 17 April 2003, 13.03

The following phrases are listed with the play from which they have been adopted:

A dish fit for the gods - Julius Caesar

A foregone conclusion - Othello

A laughing stock - The Merry Wives of Windsor

A sorry sight - Macbeth

All corners of the world - Cymbeline

All that glisters is not gold - The Merchant of Venice

All's well that ends well - All's Well That Ends Well

As dead as a doornail - Henry VI

As good luck would have it - The Merry Wives of Windsor

As pure as the driven snow - The Winter's Tale / Macbeth

At one fell swoop - Macbeth

Bloody minded - Henry VI

Cold comfort - The Taming of the Shrew

The dogs of war - Julius Caesar

Eaten out of house and home - Henry V, Part 2

Fair play - The Tempest

Fancy free - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Flesh and blood - Hamlet

For ever and a day - As You Like It

Green-eyed monster - Othello

High time - A Comedy of Errors

I have not slept one wink - Cymbeline

I will wear my heart upon my sleeve - Othello

In a pickle - The Tempest

In my mind's eye - Hamlet

In stitches - Twelfth Night

In the twinkling of an eye - The Merchant Of Venice

Lay it on with a trowel - As You Like It

Lie low - Much Ado About Nothing

Love is blind - The Merchant Of Venice

Milk of human kindness - Macbeth

More fool you - The Taming of the Shrew

Mum's the word - Henry VI, Part 2

Neither here nor there - Othello

Send him packing - Henry IV

Set your teeth on edge - Henry IV

The Queen's English - The Merry Wives of Windsor

There's method in my madness - Hamlet

This is the short and the long of it - The Merry Wives of Windsor

Too much of a good thing - As You Like It

Tower of strength - Richard III

Vanish into thin air - Othello


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