Here is a list of particularly stale clichés. Mouse over the blanks to reveal the missing details. (You must enable ActiveX for this exercise.) Know them when you see or hear them, but try to replace them with your own fresh versions.

  1. have sudden good luck: hit the jackpot
  2. give a precise answer: hit the nail on the head
  3. a collection of useful resources: bag of tricks
  4. fail to immediately say what one means: beat around the bush
  5. endure suffering: bite the bullet
  6. alert and prepared to work: bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
  7. work with no rest or break: burn the candle at both ends
  8. become hysterical over a solvable problem: cry over spilled milk
  9. reveal a secret: let the cat out of the bag
  10. quickly: in two shakes of a lamb's tail
  11. solve two problems with one solution: kill two birds with one stone
  12. indulge in excessive fun: kick up one's heels
  13. very similar: like two peas in a pod
  14. be critical of something gotten for free: look a gift horse in the mouth
  15. accept whatever is given: beggars can't be choosers
  16. make a bad investment: lose one's shirt
  17. make a big problem out of a small one: make a mountain out of a molehill
  18. make one insanely angry: make one's blood boil
  19. take advantage of an opportunity: make hay while the sun shines
  20. talk about solving a problem, but do nothing proactive: pay lip service