Sayings – Letter D

–  Sayings – Letter D  –

A collection of common and not-so-common Sayings starting with the Letter “D” – Organized by SubjectObject, or however it logically makes sense. 😉


  • Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew” – This Idiomatic Saying can also be classified as an Aphorism, an Interjection, and a Proverb – and can be turned into a Phrasal Verb which implies that…  There is only a certain amount that one person can “chew”, and if one tries to “bite off” more than he or she can “chew”, he or she will end up in a difficult situation and/or will end up wasting (whatever it is he or she is chewing)Idiomatically, it is used to give the advice that:

“One should not accept or take on more than he or she has the capacity and ability to handle at any given moment in time, or in any specific situation”…

If this advice is not heeded, the outcome may not be terrible, but it certainly will not be optimal.  –   Read the Full Post Here

  • “It’s All Downhill From Here” – This is a saying we use to say that the worst part of some difficult task or situation is over, and the rest will be much easier.  Imagine riding a bicycle up a big hill.  That part is not so easy and often is not very fun.  But once you get to the other side, you need almost no effort at all to go down, and for many, this part is actually relaxing and fun.  –  (since the subject and object in this phrase are irrelevant, it is alphabetized by the preposition)

  • (something is) “Not My Department – This adjectival phrase is a saying that can be used either literally or figuratively.  Literally:  It means that (whatever is being described) is not the responsibility of the person saying the phrase, because that person works within a different “department” of the company.  Figuratively:  It means that (whatever is being described) is simply not the responsibility of the person saying the phrase, or that the person really does not want to get involved in whatever it is…  “I got an email asking if I could give the customer an extra month of free hosting, but I explained that that is *not my department*, as I am in tech-support.”  –  “My wife told me that we needed to buy new curtains but that is definitely *not my department*!”

  • “When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens” – This Idiomatic Aphorism is Prepositional and can also be classified as an Interjection, and a Proverb, and implies that…  when one opportunity or situation (“door”) ends or is no longer available (“closes”) – then there is, almost always, another situation or opportunity (“door”) which is, or soon becomes, available (“opens”).  As an Interjection, this phrase is used in order to “cheer up” someone who is upset about the loss of some opportunity.

–  ( Sayings – Letter D )  –


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