The meaning of, and background to, well-known expressions and phrases beginning with the letter "I"

Well-Known Expressions

47 expressions starting with "I"

It's too little too late

It's the greatest thing since sliced bread

It's the bee's knees

It's not worth the paper it's written on

It's not my cup of tea

It's no skin off my nose

It's in the lap of the gods

It's all Greek to me

It's a small world

It's a sign of the times

It will all come out in the wash

It takes two to tango

It takes a village to raise a child

It Never Rains But It Pours

It Never Rains But It Pours

It is more blessed to give than to receive

It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all

It is an ill wind that blows nobody good

It is all smoke and mirrors

It goes in one ear and out the other

In The Twinkling Of An Eye

In the nick of time

In the nick of time

In the long run

In the long run

In the lap of the gods

In the lap of luxury

In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

In the arms of Morpheus

In God We Trust

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

If you've got it, flaunt it

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem

If you know what I mean

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

If wishes were horses beggars would ride

If the shoe fits, wear it

If the mountain will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again

If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well

I wouldn't give him the time of day

I think, therefore I am (Cogito, Ergo Sum)

I came, I saw, I conquered

I am not my brother's keeper

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