Found 139 phrases starting with Y:


you can bank on itTo be so sure of something that one can trust.Rate it:
you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegarIt's easier to persuade others with polite requests and a positive attitude than with rude demands and negativity.Rate it:
you can hang your hat on thatIt's something to put faith in, to rely upon or trust (when used in a positive connotation).Rate it:
you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drinkYou can show someone how to do something, but you can't make them do it.Rate it:
you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pigYou can try to change something or one's outward appearance, but it will not change the inward appearance. Even if you put lipstick on a pig, it will always roll in mud and grunt.Rate it:
you can say that againThat is very true.Rate it:
you can't always get what you wantIt is not always possible to get what is wanted.Rate it:
you can't educate porkWhen somebody won't listen to reason.Rate it:
you can't fight city hall(chiefly US) Nothing can be done to change the situation, because it is a governmental decision.I see they're going to build the airport after all. I suppose you can't fight city hall.Rate it:
you can't get a quart into a pint potWhat is being discussed is not possible.They've asked me to get to New York by five o'clock, but you can't get a quart into a pint pot!Rate it:
you can't judge a book by its coverIt is not possible to make reliable judgments about things or people by considering external appearances alone.Rate it:
you can't make a silk purse of a sow's earIt is not possible to produce something refined, admirable, or valuable from something which is unrefined, unpleasant, or of little or no value.Rate it:
you can't make an omelette without breaking eggsIn order to achieve something, it is inevitable and necessary that something should be destroyed.Rate it:
you can't polish a turd(vulgar) Something inherently bad cannot be improved.Rate it:
you can't put a wise head on young shouldersAlternative form of you can't put an old head on young shoulders.Rate it:
you can't put an old head on young shouldersYoung people inevitably lack the experience and wisdom which come with age.Rate it:
you can't run with the hare and hunt with the houndsYou can't have it both ways.Rate it:
you can't say fairer than thatThat is good, reasonable, or fair; one cannot hope for a better decision or outcome.Rate it:
you can't take it with youIt is not possible to take one's material wealth to whatever world may await one after death.1900, E. Phillips Oppenheim, A Millionaire of Yesterday, ch. 6:"The clause whichRate it:
you can't teach an old dog new tricksIt is impossible, or almost impossible, to change people's habits or traits or mindset.Rate it:
you can't tell a book by its coverAlternative form of you can't judge a book by its cover.Rate it:
you can't unring a bellSome things can't be undone.Rate it:
you can't walk on iceOne cannot except to go onto the battlefield, without all of your equipmentRate it:
you don't dip your pen in company inkOne should avoid romantic relationships in the workplace.Rate it:
you don't dip your pen in the company's inkAlternative form of you don't dip your pen in company ink.Rate it:
you don't dip your pen in the inkwellAlternative form of you don't dip your pen in company ink.Rate it:
you don't know beans aboutYou Don't Have Any Idea About? Doing a task, performing a certain choreRate it:
you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blowsYou don't need an expert to tell you what you already know.Rate it:
you don't sayreally?; no kidding!; is that so? sometimes used sarcastically in response to the obviousRate it:
you drained me dryYour incessant and extended discussion, queries and theories have been so exuberant that I am exhausted.Rate it:
you feel me?Internet shorthand for "you understand me?"Rate it:
you galsYou (plural).Rate it:
you get more with a kind word and a gun than you do with a kind word aloneIt is advantageous not to rely solely on being nice.Rate it:
you get what you pay forIn commercial transactions, the quality of goods and services increases as the prices increase, i.e., the more one pays, the better the merchandise.2003, Michael Blumenthal, "For Whom the School Bell Tolls," Time, 7 Dec.:Though it may sound unapologetically capitalistic to say soRate it:
you guysYou (plural).Rate it:
you knowUsed other than as an idiom: see you, know.Rate it:
you knowExpression signifying a pause or hesitation.Rate it:
you knowExpression used to imply meaning, rather than say it, such as when a person is embarrassed.Rate it:
you knowUsed as a rhetorical question to confirm agreement or understanding at the end of a statement.Rate it:
you know itIndicates agreement, approval, encouragement.Rate it:
you know whatA phrase used to get someone's attention before announcing something.Rate it:
you knows itIndicates agreement, approval, encouragement.Rate it:
you knows itYou're right; I wholeheartedly agree with your statement.Rate it:
you lost meYou left me out in left field, You did not explain clearly. Your explanation was to me enigmatic, and requires another meeting of the minds.Rate it:
you lotYou (plural).Rate it:
you made your bed, now sleep in itA moralizing rejection said to someone looking for an easy out, especially of a situation they put themselves into.Rate it:
you make the bed you lie inA person's circumstances are normally the result of his or her own actions.Rate it:
you name itUsed after a short list to show that further examples are unnecessary; all kinds of things.Rate it:
you never know what you've got till it's goneGood friends and acquaintances shouldn't be taken for granted.Rate it:
you only get what you giveThere is a positive correlation between the effort one puts in and the benefits one receives.Rate it:

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