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Poetry Clichés | Cliches in Poetry

A List of Clichés in Poetry. This page contains examples of clichés in poetry and a comprehensive list of clichés . These are clichés and overused sayings you may find in poetry, however,  the exhaustive list of clichés or trite phrases may be found in other forms of writing. It is a good practice to avoid use of these phases in poetry unless used in a completely original way.

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Popular Cliches

absence makes the heart grow fonder
actions speak louder than words
after my own heart
all's fair in love and war
apple of my eye
back stabber
baited breath
baptism by fire
bated breath
beauty is in the eye of the beholder
beauty is only skin deep
big heart
broken heart
cry over spilled milk
do you feel me
does my heart good
driving me crazy
endless words
everything's coming up roses
faint heart never a true love knows
fall head over heels
fall through the cracks
fan the flames
far as the eye can see
grass is always greener
grass is always greener on the other side
hang in there
have a heart
heart breaker
heavy heart
hollow soul
i can't breathe witout you
i can't live without you
i love you more than
in the nick of time
keep your chin up
kissing the rose
looking into my soul
lost in each others
love is blind
love make the world go round
love's embrace
loves conquers all things
more than meets the eye
more than words can express
my head is spinning
my heart aches for you
my heart clings to you
my heart cries out to you
my heart is a lonely hunter
my heart is aflame
my heart is an open book
my heart is drowning in sorrow
my heart is in my hand
my heart is on fire
my heart is weary
my heart laid bare
my heart longs for you
my heart reached out
my heart sings to you
my heart waits for you
my heart will always be true
my heart will never be free
my heart withered like
my lonely heart
my lonely soul
my open soul
my soul is a shadow
my soul is alone
my soul is on fire
my soul laid bare
my soul reached out
my soul took flight
my stomach is tied up in knots
my tears fell like rain
my wandering soul
my weary soul
no man is an island
no one understands me
one in million
one true love
over and over again
pearls before swine
pounding of his lonely heart
reached new heights
red roses
road less traveled
rose by any other name
roses are red
sands of time
season's greetings
shadow of my soul
silence is golden
solitary soul
soul full of longing
soul full of sorrow
soul of discretion
spice of life
star crossed lovers
stars like diamonds
stop and smell the roses
tender as a mother's heart
test the waters
thorn in my side
til the end of time
time after time
time and again
time heals all wounds
tip of the iceberg
two hearts
violets are blue
waiting for the dust to settle
waiting for your ship to come in
weary heart
when all is said and done
wish upon a star
word that was left unspoken
words that were left unspoken
you clawed at my heart
you held onto my heart
you make the sun shine
you set my heart on fire
you tore my heart
you tore out my heart
young and in love
your cheating heart
your lying heart

More Cliches & Poems

babe in the woods
baby blues
baby boomer
baby face
back against the wall
back breaker
back from the dead
back handed comment
back handed compliment
back in a sec
back in my day
back in the saddle
back it up
back of an envelope
back of beyond
back off
back on the wagon
back seat driver
back stabber
back the field
back to basics
back to front
back to square one
back to the drawing board
back to the salt mines
back-handed compliment
back-seat driver
backed into a corner
backhanded compliment
backroom boy
backs to the wall
bad blood
bad call
bad hair day
bad news travels fast
bad seed
bad to the bone
bad vibes
bad wrap
badge of honor
badgered to death
bag and baggage
bag lady
bag of hammers
bags all packed and ready to go
bait and switch
baited breath
baked in
baker's dozen
balance of payments
balance of power
balance of trade
balanced view
balancing act
bald as a coot
bald faced liar
bale out
ball and chain
ball breaker
ball is in your court
ball of wax
ball of wax the whole
ball park figure
ball rolling
balloon goes up
ballpark figure
balls out
balls to the wall
band of gold
bane of
bang on
banged up
banging your head against a brick wall
bank on it
banker's hours
baptism by fire
bare bone
bare bones
barefaced liar
barefoot and pregnant
barely deserved
barge in
barge right in
bark is worse than her bite
barking up the wrong tree
barn burner
baron of beef
basic principles
basket case
bass ackwards
bat an eyelid
bat out of hell
bat the idea around
bated breath
bats in the belfry
batten down the hatches
battle lines
battle royal
battling windmills
be afraid be very afraid
be all and end all
be all that you can be
be careful what you wish for
be here now
be in the same boat
be it ever so humble there's no place like home
be prepared
be still my beating heart
be the death of me
be there or be square
bean feast
bear down
bear garden
bear the brunt
bearing a grudge
beast with two backs
beat a dead horse
beat a hasty retreat
beat about the bush
beat around the bush
beat it
beat swords into ploughshares
beat the bushes
beat the living daylights out of someone
beat the odds
beat the rap
beat the street
beating a dead horse
beating around the bush
beats me
beautiful as the day is long
beautiful but dumb
beauty and the beast
beauty is a fading flower
beauty is in the eye of the beholder
beauty is only skin deep
beauty is skin deep
beck and call
bed of roses
bee in her bonnet
bee in your bonnet
bee's knees
beef about something
beef and reef
been there
been there
been there done that
been there seen it done that
been under a lot of pressure
beetle-browed
before you could say jack robinson
before you were the gleam in your father's eye
beg the question
beg to differ
beggars can't be choosers
behave yourself
behind every good man is a good woman
behind every great man there's a great woman
behind every man is a strong woman
behind the eight ball
behind the scenes
behind the times
being led down the garden path
believe it or not
bell and whistle
bell book and candle
belle of the ball
bells and whistles
bells and whistles to have all the
below the belt
below the salt
belt and braces
belt up
bend over
bend over backwards
benefit of the doubt
bent as a nine bob note
bent out of shape
bent over backwards
beside the point
best bib and tucker
best efforts
best foot forward
best informed
best kept secret
best laid plan
best laid plans
best laid plans of mice and men
best laid schemes
best laid schemes of mice and men
best money can buy
best of both worlds
best out of three
best thing since little apples
best thing since sliced bread
best things in life are free
bet it all
bet the farm
bet your bottom dollar
better and better
better half
better late than never
better light a candle than curse the darkness
better luck next time
better mousetrap
better safe than sorry
better than a kick in the teeth
better than ever
better the devil you know
better the devil you know than the devil you don't
between a rock and a hard place
between two stools
between you me and the bed-post
betwixt and between
beware of greeks bearing gifts
beware the ides of march
bewildering variety
beyond a reasonable doubt
beyond belief
beyond the pale
beyond the shadow of a doubt
bible thumper
bide your time
big a a house
big apple
big as a house
big as life
big brother is watching
big bucks
big cheese
big cheese the
big deal
big easy
big fish in a small pond
big girl's blouse
big head
big heart
big ideas
big man on campus
big mouth
big picture
big picture the
big question
big shot
big step
big top
big wig
bigger they are the harder they fall
bigger they come
bill of rights
bill stickers is innocent
bill the cat
billy no-mates
binge drinking
biological clock is ticking
biological clock is ticking her
bird brain
bird brained
bird in a gilded cage
bird in gilded cage
bird in the hand
bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
bird's eye view
birds and the bees
birds of a feather
birds of a feather flock together
bit the hand that feeds you
bite me
bite off more than one can chew
bite off more than you can chew
bite the bullet
bite the dust
bite the hand that feed you
bite to eat
bite your lip
bite your tongue
bits and pieces
bitten off more than he can chew
bitter disappointment
bitter end
bitter pill
black and blue
black and white
black art
black as coal
black as night
black as pitch
black as the ace of spades
black comedy
black eye
black hole
black look
black magic
black sheep of the family
black-on-black
blanket approach
blast from the past
blatant betrayal
blaze a new trail
blaze a trail
blazing inferno
bleary eyed
bleed like a stuck pig
bleeding heart
blessed event
blessing in disguise
blew him away
blew his wad
blind ambition
blind as a bat
blind leading the blind
bling-bling
blissful ignorance
blonde bombshell
blood and thunder
blood bath
blood is thicker than water
blood money
blood sweat and tears
bloody-minded
bloom is off the rose
bloom is off the rose the
bloom where you're planted
blow a gasket
blow chow
blow chunks
blow it
blow me down
blow off steam
blow over
blow smoke up your butt
blow the gaff
blow the whistle on
blow this joint
blow your brains out
blow your mind
blow your own horn
blow your own trumpet
blowing hot and cold
blowing smoke
blowing smoke up your butt
blown away
blown off course
blue blood
blue in the face
blue monday
blue moon
blue-plate special
blunt and brutal
blunt words have the sharpest edge
blushing bride
bob is your uncle
bodice ripper
body bags
body is still warm
body is still warm the
body slam
body surfing
bog standard
boils down
boils down to
bold as brass
bolt from the blue
bone chilling cold
bone dry
bone idle
bone of contention
bone to pick
bone up
bone up on
booby prize
booby trap
boogie-woogie
book by it's cover
book by its cover
book value
boot camp
boot is on the other foot
bootleg liquor
booze and broads
booze cruise
bored stiff
bored to tears
born again
born and raised
born with a silver spoon
born with a silver spoon in his mouth
born within the sound of bow bells
born yesterday
both barrels
both feet on the ground
both foot on the ground
bottom fell out
bottom line
bottom of the barrel
bottom of the pile
bottom out
bottom-up
bottomless pit
bottoms up
bought the farm
bounce back
bound and determined
bound and gagged
boundaries of science
bowels of the earth
bowing to international pressure
bowl a maiden over
bowl someone over
bowled over
box of birds
box of fluffy ducks
box yourself in
boxed in
boxing day
boy howdy
boys will be boys
bragging rights
brain drain
brain dump
brand spankin' new
brand spanking new
brass balls
brass necked
brass tacks
brave new world
bread of life
bread winner
break a leg
break in
break ranks
break the bank
break the ice
break the news
brewers droop
bricks and clicks
bridge the gap
bridge too far
bright and early
bright as a button
bright as a button as
bright future
bring and buy
bring home the bacon
bring it
bring it on
bring sand to the beach
bring you're a-game
bringing home the bacon
brings home the bacon
brink of disaster
broad across the beam
broad church
broad in the beam
broke the bank
broken arrow
broken heart
broken record
brought back to reality
brown as a berry
brown nose
brown nosed
brown nosing
brown study
brownie points
brush off
bubble shy of plumb
buck naked
buck stops here
buck-a-roo
buckle down
budding genius
build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door
built to last
bull by the horns
bull in a china shop
bum steer
bump in the night
bump in the road
bump on a log
bump on log
bums on seats
bun in the oven
bunny boiler
buried the hatchet
burn one's bridges
burn the candle at both end
burn the candle at both ends
burn the midnight oil
burn your bridges
burn your ships
burning issue
burning question
burning rubber
burning the candle at both ends
burning the midnight oil
burning up the track
burst your bubble
bury the hatchet
bury your head in the sand
busier than a one armed paper hanger
business a usual
business as usual
business at hand
business end
business lunch
business opportunity
bust a gut
bust one's chops
bust your balls
bust your chops
busting a gut
busting your chops
busy as a bear in a beehive
busy as a beaver
busy as a bee
busy doing nothing
busy hands are happy hands
but enough about me
but for the grace of god
but seriously
butler did it
butt of a joke
butt of his joke
butter him up
butterflies in his stomach
button pusher
buy a pig in a poke
buy in
buy in to
buy it for the price of a skinny chicken
buy out
buy something for a song
buy the farm
buzz words
by all means after you
by and large
by gum
by hook or by crook
by leaps and bounds
by no means
by the book
by the same token
by the seat of one's pants
by the seat of your pant
by the short hairs
by the skin of one's teeth
by the skin of your teeth
by the sweat of one's brow
by the way