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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

daft as a brush
dagger in the heart
daggers out
daily service
damage limitation
damned if you do
damned if you do and damned if you don't
damned if you do damned if you don't
damned if you don't
dampened her enthusiasm
dance attendance on
dance with the devil
dances to the beat of a different drummer
dangle a carrot in front of him
darby and joan
dare to dream
dark and stormy night
dark before the dawn
dark horse
dark secret
dark side of the moon
darkest before the dawn
darkest hour is before the dawn
darkest hour is just before the dawn
darling buds of may
darting to and fro
dat dawg don't hunt no more
date rape
david versus goliath
davy jones' locker
dawn of a new day
day by day
day in
day in day out
day late and a dollar short
day latend dollar short
day one
daylight robbery
daylight saving
days are numbered
dead and buried
dead and gone
dead as a Dodo
dead as a door nail
dead as a doornail
dead cat bounce
dead centre
dead duck
dead end
dead eyed
dead from the neck up
dead heat
dead in the water
dead man's hand
dead men tell no tales
dead on target
dead on time
dead pan
dead presidents
dead right
dead ringer
dead to rights
dead wrong
deal with it
dealing off the bottom
dealt a fatal blow
death and destruction
death and taxes
death by a thousand cuts
death or glory
death sentence
death toll
death wish
death's doorstep
deemed to be appropriate
deep down you know
deep end
deep file
deep in thought
deep six something
deep throat
deeply concerned
deeply hurt
deer in headlights
deer in headlights like
definite possibilty
delaying tactics
delicate matter
deliver the goods
dense as a london fog
depths of despair
deserves better
designer stubble
despite the denials
destruct button
determined the truth of
deus ex machina
devil incarnate
devil is always ready to rock the cradle of th
devil is in the details
devil made me do it
devil may care
devil must be beating his wife
devil take the hindmost
devil takes the hindmost
devil to pay
devious bastard
diamond in the rough
diamond is forever
dicey situation
dick head
dictated the terms
die has been cast
die-hard
different kettle of fish
different strokes for different folks
differently abled
difficult conditions
difficult to know
dig deep
dig for gold
dig for victory
dig in
dig yourself into a hole
dilly dallying
dim bulb
dim view
dime a dozen
dip your toe in the water
dire straits
dirt bag
dirt box
dirt cheap
disaster zone
discreet silence
disgraced and dishonored
disorderly conduct
distance makes the heart grow fonder
distant drums
divide and conquer
divide and rule
divide the spoils
divine inspiration
divisive quarrel
do a one-eighty
do as i say and not as i do
do away with
do birds fly
do n't throw the baby out with the bath water
do not call us we will call you
do not change horses in midstream
do not count your chickens before they hatch
do not go there
do not have a clue
do not keep a dog and bark yourself
do not look a gift horse in the mouth
do not poke the bear
do not pull my leg
do not try to teach your grandma to suck eggs
do or die
do the dutch
do the wild mambo
do unto others as you would have other do unto you
do what it take
do what it takes
do without
do you feel me
do your best
do your bit
does a bear sh#t in the woods
does my heart good
does the pope wear a funny hat
does your head in
doesn't have both oars in the water
doesn't know if she's washing or hanging out
doesn't stand a chance
doesn't stand a prayer
dog and pony show
dog ate my homework
dog days
dog eat dog
dog eat dog world
dog in a manger
dog in the manger
dog it
dog tired
dog watch
dog's bollocks
dog's breakfast
dog's dinner
dog's life
dog-eat-dog world
dogged with bad luck
doggy fashion
dogs bark but the caravan moves on
dogs bollocks
dogs bollocks the
dogs have masters cats have staff
doing a runner
doing porridge
doing the horizontal bop
doing time
dollars to donuts
dolly bird
domino effect
don't air your dirty linens in public
don't ask
don't bank on it
don't be a party pooper
don't be a stick in the mud
don't bite of more than you can chew
don't bite the hand that feeds you
don't burn your bridges
don't call us we'll call you
don't change horses in midstream
don't come the raw prawn with me
don't count your chickens
don't count your chickens before they're hatched
don't do anything *i* wouldn't do
don't do anything i wouldn't do
don't do anything stupid
don't fire 'til you see the whites of their eyes
don't fly off the handle
don't get your knickers in a knot
don't get your knickers in a twist
don't get your panties in a wad
don't give a toss
don't give up your day job
don't go there
don't have a clue
don't have a cow
don't have a problem
don't hold your breath
don't jump to conclusions
don't know him from adam
don't know sh#t from shinola
don't let the bastards grind you down
don't let the bed bugs bite
don't like the look of this
don't look a gift horse in the mouth
don't look back
don't make a fuss
don't make me do something i'll regret
don't panic
don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining
don't push your luck
don't put all your eggs in one basket
don't read too much into it
don't rock the boat
don't shoot me i'm just the messenger
don't step on anyone's toes
don't sweat it
don't take any wooden nickels
don't tempt fate
don't toot your own horn
don't upset the apple cart
don't use a lot where a little will do
don't want to be involved
don't want to cover old ground
don't worry
don't worry about it
don't you dare
done a bunk
done a runner
done all right
done and dusted
done over
done that
done to a turn
done up like a christmas tree
donkey's years
doom and gloom
doomed to disappointment
door stepping
door to door
door to door salesman
dot the i's and cross the t's
dot your i's and cross your t's
double act
double crossing
double dealing
double dutch
double edged
double jeopardy
double or nothing
double standards
double take
double time
double whammy
doubting thomas
down and dirty
down and out
down at heel
down at the heels
down in the dumps
down in the mouth
down in the mouth to be
down market
down on her luck
down on his luck
down on his/her luck
down on their luck
down on your luck
down pat
down the hatch
down the middle
down the pan
down the tubes
down to earth
down to me
down to the gnat's ass
down to the short strokes
down to the wire
down to you
down town
down under
drag artist
drag on and on
drain the lizard
drama queen
dramatic new move
dramatic terms
draw a blank
draw the line
draw the line at
dread disease
dream come true
dream on
dream weaver
dressed better than sunday
dressed to a tea
dressed to kill
dressed to the nine
dressed to the nines
drink like a fish
drink the kool-aid
drink up
drive a coach and horses through it
drive carefully
drive me drink
drive me nuts
drive me to drink
drive me up a wall
drive someone doolally
drive the point home
drive the porcelain bus
drives me crazy
drives me nuts
drives me up the wall
driving me crazy
driving the porcelain bus
driving while black
driving your ducks to a poor pond
drop a dime
drop dead
drop dead gorgeous
drop in the bucket
drop me a line
drop of a hat
drop out
drop the hammer
drop your guard
drop-dead gorgeous
dropping like flies
drown your sorrows
drug abuse
drum up support
drummed out of the army
drumming up support
drunk as a skunk
dry as a bone
dry out
duck soup
duck the question
ducks in a row
due to the fact that': ['because']
dulcet tones
dull as dishwater
dumb as a fox
dumb as a fox to be
dumb as a post
dumb as a stump
dumb blond
dumb like a fox
dumber than a bag of hammers
dumber than a box of rocks
dummy run
dust to dust
dust up
dutch treat
dutch uncle
duvet day
dyed in the wool
dying of boredom