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Everyday Expressions from Shakespeare

Posted by Judy on Apr 23rd 2022

Although his exact birth date is unknown, William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26th, 1564 at Stratford-upon-Avon. One of the greatest writers in the English language, his works have been translated into every living language and his plays are performed more often than any other playwright. His writing has also provided the English language with many everyday expressions. They may not qualify as quoting Shakespeare, but they are certainly useful.

  • Come full circle (King Lear)
  • Eaten out of house and home (King Henry IV, Part II)
  • Every mother’s son (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • Foregone conclusion (Othello)
  • Forever and a day (As You Like It)
  • Good riddance (Troilus and Cressida)
  • One fell swoop (Macbeth)
  • Pound of flesh (The Merchant of Venice)
  • Primrose path (Hamlet)
  • Quiet as a lamb (King John)