Weird Sayings- where do they come from?

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Idioms from A to Z
            Do you ever wonder about some of the strange sayings that make their way into our conversations and language? Some are pretty obvious, but others may have you scratching your head. There are idioms for almost every letter of the alphabet, and here are some for you to start using, or maybe just understanding their meanings.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words: It’s better to do something than just talk about doing something
Blood Is Thicker Than Water: The family bond is closer than any other relationship
Close but no Cigar: To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but just not quite make it
Dog Days of Summer: The hottest days of the summer –even the dogs don’t want to go out
Excuse my French:  A nice way of saying, excuse me for cussing
Feeding Frenzy: Like fish attack, it is an aggressive strike on someone by a group. 
Go For Broke: To risk it all, even if you go broke
Hold Your Horses: Rein in your impatience
Icing On The Cake: You already have what you wanted, but this is just an extra bonus
Jaywalk: Instead of using the crosswalk, you think you are a bird and can just cross however you want
Knee Jerk Reaction: A response that is automatic; you don’t even think about it beforehand
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: Leave them alone, and don’t keep rehashing a situation
Method To My Madness: My actions may not make sense to you, but there is a goal at the end
New York Minute:  time that seems to go fast, such as in a fast paced city
Off The Hook:  Like a fish, you’ve escaped a bad situation or tough job
Pig In A Poke: making a deal without really checking it out beforehand (blindly)
Raining Cats and Dogs: A rain storm that is loud and heavy
Smell A Rat: Think that someone is snitching or betraying you
The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall:  Like David and Goliath, a big opponent falls the hardest
Under the weather:  feeling not quite well; a little sick
Van Gogh’s ear for music:  no ear makes you tone deaf
Water Under The Bridge: something from the past that you don’t need to pay attention to anymore
X marks the spot: when you find something you were looking for, like an ‘x’ on a map
You Can’t Take it With You:  Things don’t matter when you’re dead and gone
Zero Tolerance:  no room for infractions or mistakes

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