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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

o romeo romeo wherefore art thou romeo
o ye of little faith
oad of cobblers
object of desire
obvious if you think about it
obvious strategy
oclosed mind
odds are against it
odds bodkins
of course
of the first water
off and on
off and running
off balance
off chance
off guard
off hand
off her head
off like a prom dress
off message
off one's rocker
off one's trolley
off the agenda
off the back of a lorry
off the beaten path
off the cuff
off the deep end
off the dime
off the hook
off the record
off the shelf
off the streets
off the top of my head
off the wagon
off the wall
off with his head
off with the fairies
off your rocker
oh brother
oh my god
oh my goodness
oh no it isn't
oh they have slain the earl of moray and lady mond
oh to be a fly on the wall
oh what a tangled web we weave
oh woe is me
old adage
old as dirt
old as methuselah
old as the hills
old as time
old ball and chain
old ball and chain the
old blowhard
old fogey
old habits die hard
old hat
old lang syne
Old Man Winter
old meets new
old school
old standby
old wine in new bottles
older and wiser
older than dirt
older than methuselah
oldie but a goodie
olf in sheep's clothing
olling stone gathers no moss
olt from the blue
oman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle
on a good footing
on a hiding to nothing
on a lark
on a plate
on a roll
on a roll to be
on a short leash
on a soap box
on a wild goose chase
on a wing and a prayer
on and off
on average
on bended knee
on budget
on carey street
on cloud 9
on cloud nine
on equal footing
on fire
on firm ground
on him like ugly on an ape
on his/her high horse
on message
on my bended knees
on my own terms
on par
on pins and needles
on queer street
on skid row
on speaking terms
on tenterhooks
on the back burner
on the back foot
on the balance of probabilities
on the ball
on the ball to be
on the bandwagon
on the basis
on the brink
on the bubble
on the cards
on the contrarary
on the cutting edge
on the defensive
on the dole
on the dot
on the double
on the edge of your seat
on the face of things
on the fence
on the fiddle
on the fly
on the front burner
on the grapevine
on the ground
on the house
on the lam
on the level
on the lookout
on the make
on the market
on the money
on the nose
on the other hand
on the qt
on the road again
on the rocks
on the run
on the same page
on the same plate
on the spot
on the take
on the tip of my tongue
on the up and up
on the wagon
on the warpath
on the whole
on thin ice
on time
on to something
on top of that
on top of the world
on track
on track to be
on with the motley
on your beam ends
on your bike
on your tod
on your toe
on your toes
on your way
once bitten
once bitten twice shy
once burned
once burned twice shy
once in a blue moon
once in a coon's age
once in a dog's age
once in a lifetime
once more unto the breach dear friends once more
once upon a time
one and done
one and only
one bad apple doesn't spoil the bushel
one bad apple spoils
one bad apple spoils the
one born every minute
one brick short
one brick short of a load
one day at a time
one foot in the grave
one foot on a banana peel the other in the grave
one for all
one for the books
one for the road
one good turn deserves another
one has to say
one in a million
one in million
one man woman
one man's foul weather is another man's fair
one man's garbage is another man's treasure
one man's meat is another man's poison
one night stand
one of the key things is
one of these days
one of us or one of them
one off
one over the eight
one red cent
one sandwich short of a picnic
one size fits all
one small step for a man a giant leap for mankind
one step at a time
one stop shop
one taco short of a combination plate
one take
one that got away
one thing after the next
one toe over the line
one true love
one vote makes a difference
one way or another
one way traffic
one's heart's content
one-hit wonder
ong ways away
only difference between women and girls is the
only game in town
only in america
only joking
only just
only natural
only people i trust are you and me and i am n
only serves
only the good die young
only the strong survive
only thing we have to fear is fear itself
Only time will tell
only to be met
only winding you up
only you can prevent forest fires
ood man is hard to find
ool and his money are soon parted
ool's paradise
oopsy daisy
oose cannon
open a can of worms
open and shut case
open arms
open book
open book an
open door
open it up
open minded
open plan
open season
open the flood gates
open the kimono
open-and-shut case
opened a can of worms
opening moves
openly criticised
operation bootstrap
opinion forming
opinion polls
opportunity doesn't knock twice
opportunity knocks
opportunity only knocks once
opposites attract
opt out
orce to be reckoned with
ord in your shell-like
ord to the wise
order now
order number
order of the boot
order of the day
oregone conclusion
organic life
original founder
orry sight
orse a horse my kingdom for a horse
orse of a different color
ose by any other name would smell as sweet
ose is a rose is a rose
other woman
ough row to hoe
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
ountenance more in sorrow than in anger
ourney of a thousand miles begins with the firs
ouse divided against itself cannot stand
ouside marriage
out and about
out for a sunday stroll
out like a light
out of control
out of focus
out of gas
out of his mind
out of hours
out of it
out of it to be
out of order
out of play
out of pocket
out of reach
out of sight
out of sight
out of sight : out of mind
out of sight out of mind
out of sorts
out of step
out of the blue
out of the clear blue
out of the frying pan
out of the frying pan and into the fire
out of the frying pan into the fire
out of the jaws of death
out of the mouths of babes and sucklings
out of the running
out of the wood
out of the woods
out of this world
out of time
out of wedlock
out of whack
out on a limb
out sowing your wild oats
out take
out to lunch
out with the old
out with the old in with the new
outside world
oveable feast
over a barrel
over and done with
over and out
over and over
over and over again
over by Christmas
over familiar
over lunch
over my head
over the edge
over the hill
over the hump
over the moon
over the top
over the years
over your head
oversexed overpaid and over here
oxo cube
oxygen of publicity