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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

face facts
face like a bag of chisels
face like a bag of spanners
face like a bulldog chewing on a wasp
face like a burst couch
face like a dropped meat pie
face like bag of spanners
face like bulldog chewing on wasp
face like burst couch
face like dropped meat pie
face only a mother could love
face only mother could love
face that launched a thousand ships
face that would scare a dog out of a butcher shop
face the facts
face the music
face up to reality
face up to the facts
fact is
fact of the matter
fact or fiction
facts of life
failed to make an impression
failed to resolve
faint heart never a true love knows
faint heart never true love knows
fair and just
fair and square
fair deal
fair enough
fair haired one
fair haired one the
fair play
fair sex
fair to middling
fair trial
fair weather friend
fairy tale
fait accompli
faith can move mountains
faith hope and charity
faith will move mountains
faithful followers
fake it till you make it
fall by the wayside
fall from grace
fall guy
fall head over heels
fall in the mire
fall into place
fall off the back of a lorry
fall off the turnip truck
fall off the waggon
fall on your sword
fall through the crack
fall through the cracks
falling off a log
falling off a log as easy as
falling short
false economies
false information
false promises
false trail
fame and fortune
familiarity breeds contempt
family affair
family values
famous for fifteen minutes
fan the flame
fan the flames
fancy free
fancy meeting you here
fancy-pants
far a the eye can see
far and away the best
far as the eye can see
far be it from me
far cry
far from clear
far from the madding crowd
far left
far out
far out man
far reaching
far reaching implications
far right
fashion model
fashion show
fashion victim
fashions change
fast and loose
fast buck
fast expanding
fast on your feet
faster than a speeding bullet
faster than greased lightning
fastest way to a destination is a straight line
fat as a cow
fat as a pig
fat chance
fat city
fat of the land
fat slob
fate worse than death
fateful decision
father knows best
father time
favor us with a song
fear and loathing
feast or famine
feast your eyes on this
feather in his cap
feather in your cap
feather your nest
feather your own nest
feathered friends
federal case
feeble excuses
feed a cold starve a fever
feeding frenzy
feel a need
feel free
feel like a fifth wheel
feeling in my water
feeling the pinch
feelings are running high
feet first
fell off my plate
fell off the wagon
fellow traveler
fellow traveller
female of the species is more deadly than the
few and far between
few bricks short of a full load
few bricks shy
few cards short of a full deck
few fries short of a happy meal
few fries short of happy meal
few sandwiches short of a picnic
few sandwiches short of picnic
few short years
few words of advice
fickle finger of fate
fickle fortune
fiddling while rome burns
fie foh fum i smell the blood of an englishman
field day
field this one
fifteen minutes of fame
fifth beatle
fifth column
fifty fifty
fight fire with fire
fight like a man
fight like cats and dogs
fight night
fight the battle all over again
fight the good fight
fight to the bitter end
figure it out
figure of eight
figure of speech
fill a book
film star
filthy rich
filthy vermin
final analysis
final countdown
final curtain
final cut
final decision
final demand
final offer
final warning
financial crisis
financial incentive
find the pony
find your inner child
finders keepers losers weepers
fine and dandy
fine as frog's hair
fine as wine
fine as wine as
fine form
fine kettle of fish
fine line
finer than frog hair
finger crossed
finger on it
finger-lickin' good
fingers burnt
finish your drinks
finishing touch
finishing touches
fire in the belly
firing on all cylinder
firing on all cylinders
firm favourite
first cut is the deepest
first in line
first of all
first rate
first step is the hardest
first thing first
first thing's first
first things first
first time
first world
fish nor fowl
fish or cut bait
fish out of water
fishing for a compliment
fit as a butcher's dog
fit as a fiddle
fit for anything
fit for nothing
fit for the gods
fit the bill
fit to be hung
fit to be tied
fit to drop
fit up
fitful sleep
fits and starts
fits like a glove
fits like a hand in glove
fitted up
flag something down
flare up
flash as a rat with a gold tooth
flash Harry
flash in the pan
flat as a board
flat as a long-poured champagne
flat as a pancake
flat earth
flat out
flattery will get you nowhere
flavor of the month
fleet footed
fleet-footed
flesh and blood
flip flop
flip your lid
flipped her lid
flirt with disaster
flocking back
flog a dead horse
flogging a dead horse
flood of tears
floozie in the jacuzzi
flotsam and jetsam
flower people
flowery words
flown the coop
fly by night
fly by the book
fly by the seat of one's pants
fly by the seat of your pants
fly in the face of
fly in the ointment
fly off the handle
fly on the wall
fly the coop
fly the nest
flying a kite
flying by the seat of the pants
flying by the seat of your pants
flying colours
fo-shizzle
fo-show
foam at the mouth
fob off
focus of attention
fog as thick as pea soup
folding money
follow suit
follow the crowd
follow the leader
follow this line
follow through
follow your dreams
follow your heart
follower of fashion
following in her footstep
following in his footstep
following in his footsteps
following in their footstep
fond farewell
fond parents
food for thought
fool and his money are soon parted
fool gold
fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on m
foolnd his moneyre soon parted
fools gold
fools rush in where angels fear to tread
fools' gold
foot in the door
foot loose and fancy free
foot the bill
foot to the floor
footing the bill
for a song
for all intent and purpose
for all intents and purposes
for all the tea in China
for all the wrong reasons
for better or worse
for cry out loud
for crying out loud
for ever and a day
for every door that closes
for every hill there's a valley
for every thing there is a season
for everything there is a season
for future reference
for god's sake
for goodness sake
for keeps
for legal reasons
for pete's sake
for the birds
for the love of god
for the love of Mike
for the love of pete
for the moment
for the purpose
for the record
for want of the nail the shoe was lost
for what it's worth
for whom the bell tolls
forbidden fruit
force of nature
force to be reckoned with
forced landing
foregone conclusion
foreign aid
foreseeable future
forest for the trees
forever and a day
forget about it
forging ahead
forgive and forget
forgive them for they know not what they do
fork it over
fork out
forked tongue
formal agreement
formal complaint
formal process
fortune teller
forty winks
foul play
four by two
four corners of the earth
four on the floor
four one one
four one one the
fox guarding the chicken coop
fox in the henhouse
frailty thy name is woman
frank but useful
freak out
free a a bird
free advice
free and easy
free as a bird
free for all
free love
free lunch
free offer
free reign
freedom of the press
freely given
fresh as a daisy
fresh out of ideas
freudian slip
friday afternoon car
fried to one's tonsils
friend in need is a friend indeed
friendly fire
friends romans countrymen lend me your ears
frightened the life out of me
frightened to death
fringe group
frisky as a puppy
frittering away
frog in a frying pan
frog in my throat
frog in one's throat
from a to z
from bad to worse with your eyes open
from day one
from here on in
from here to timbuktu
from only
from scratch
from sea to shining sea
from soup to nuts
from stem to stern
from strength to strength
from the fat to the fire
from the four corners of the earth
from the frying pan into the fire
from the horse's mouth
from the mouths of babes
from time to time
front line
front runner
frozen over
fruit of your loins
fuddy-duddy
fuelling the flames
full as a tick
full frontal assault
full monty
full of beans
full of himself
full of hot air
full of mischief
full of piss and vinegar
full of the devil
full of vinegar
full range
full scale
full steam ahead
full stop
full tilt
full time job
full to the back teeth
full to the gills
fully grown
fun and games
fun in the sun
fund raising
funny business
funny farm
funny you mention it
fur coat and no knickers
fur fly
fur fly the
further work
futile gesture
future plan
fuzzy wuzzy