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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

m‚nage … trois
mad as a hatter
mad as a march hare
mad monk
madcap scheme
madder than a wet hen
made a mess of it
made a point
made a run for it
made in heaven
made in Taiwan
made in the shade
made it by the skin of my teeth
made me who I am
made of money
made to measure
magical realism
mail it in
main chance
main dish
main dish the
maintain the status quo
major element
major flop
major upset
make a bee-line for
make a big deal out of nothing
make a break for it
make a clean breast of it
make a difference
make a fast buck
make a killing
make a long story short
make a meal of it
make a mountain out of a mole hill
make a mountain out of a molehill
make a statement without saying a word
make a virtue of necessity
make adversity your friend
make an ass out of yourself
make an honest woman of her
make and mend
make both ends meet
make end meet
make ends meet
make haste
make hay while the sun shines
make head or tail of
make heads or tails of
make him an offer he can't refuse
make it clear
make it work
make like a baby and head out
make like a tree and leave
make love
make love not war
make me an offer
make money hand over fist
make my day
make no bones about it
make or break
make out like a bandit
make over
make the best of a bad job
make the best of a bad situation
make the best of it
make the grade
make tracks
make up
make waves
make your blood boil
make your eyes light up
make your mind up time
make your move
makes my blood boil
makes your hair stand on end
makin' bacon
making a mountain out of a molehill
making hay
making him sing like a canary
making money hand over fist
making the beast with two backs
making waves
making whoopee
mal de mer
male chauvinist
man does not live by bread alone
man for all season's
man forll season's
man in the street
man o'war
man of all seasons
man of few words
man of honour
man of the moment
man of the world
man or a mouse
man overboard
man the pumps
man trap
man up
man's best friend
man's home is his castle
man's inhumanity to man
many a true word is spoken in jest
many are called but few are chosen
many hand make light work
many hands make light work
many happy returns
many moons
many-splendored thing
march to the beat of a different drummer
mares eat oats and does eat oats
marital aid
mark my words
mark of Cain
mark of respect
mark time
marked man
market forces
market opportunity
marketing ploy
marking time
marks out of ten
marks the spot
marriage of two minds
marry in haste repent at leisure
marvels of science
mass grave
mass movement
mass production
mass walk out
matrimonial bliss
matter of belief
matter of fact
matter of opinion
matter of time
matter-of-fact
may you live in interesting times
maybe something will jog your memory
maybe tomorrow
mea culpa
meager pension
mean as a snake
mean people suck
mean spirited
meaningful relationship
meaningless gibberish
means and ends
meat and two vegetables
meek as a lamb
meet and greet
meet your waterloo
meeting of minds
meetnd greet
mellow out
melting pot
melting pot the
memory like an elephant
men in suits
men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we
mend fences
mercy me
mere suggestion
merry christmas
message in a bottle
messages of support
methinks she doth protest too much
method to my madness
mexican standoff
mi casa es su casa
middle of the road
middle way
might and main
might as well can't dance
might is right
mighty oaks from little acorns grow
mile high club
military man
military offensive
milk it
milk of human kindness
minced oath
mind games
mind how you go
mind like a steel trap
mind over matter
mind your language
mind your manners
mind your own beeswax
mind your own business
mind your P's and Q's
mind your step
mindless violence
minute man
miraculous escape
misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows
misery loves company
missed by a hair
missed the boat
missed the boat on that one
missing link
missing the point
mission critical
mister nice guy
mixed blessing
moaning minnie
moment in the sun
moment in time
moment of glory
moment of truth
moment to moment
moment's respite
momentary slip
monday morning quarterback
money burns a hole in his pocket
money can't buy happiness
money can't buy love
money can't buy you happiness
money doesn't grow on trees
money for nothing
money grubbing
money hungry
money hungry to be
money is the root of all evil
money makes the world go round
money out the wazoo
money to burn
money up front
monkey business
monkey see monkey do
monkey with
monkey wrench
monkey's uncle
monkeying around
montezuma's revenge
mony a mickle maks a muckle
moot point
moral judgement
morals of an alley cat
morbid obesity
more and more
more cliches than you can shake a stick at
more cowbell
more fool you
more fun than a barrel of monkeys
more honoured in the breach than in the observance
more likely to
more of the same
more or less
more power to you
more than anything
more than life itself
more than meet the eye
more than meets the eye
more than one way to skin a cat
more than words can express
more than you can chew
more the merrier
more the merrier the
more they stay the same
more things change
more things change more they stay the same
more things change the more they stay the same
more things change the more they stay the same the
more we learn less we know
more we learn the less we know
more we learn the less we know the
morning after
morning glory
morning person
most important
mother country
Mother Nature
motherhood and apple pie
mouth off
mouth write a check your behind can't cash
mouth-watering
move forward
move on
movers and shakers
moves into high gear
moving experience
moving finger writes
moving the goalposts
much ado about nothing
much of a muchness
mud slinging
muddy the waters
mug for the camera
mum's the word
mumbo jumbo
murphy's law
music has charms to soothe the savage breast
music has power to soothe the savage beast
music maker
music to my ears
must be seeing things
must be seeing things i
must come down
mustn't grumble
mutt and jeff
mutt's nuts
mutual cooperation
my bad
my better half
my brain is fried
my cup runneth over
my giddy aunt
my hair was on end
my hand are tied
my hands are tied
my hat's off to you
my head is spinning
my head is swimming
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 sank
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 husband and i
my little black book
my lonely heart
my lonely soul
my mind's eye
my old china
my old dutch
my open soul
my salad days
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 way
my way or the highway
my weary soul