Crossword Phrases

    An ever-growing, browsable database of phrases and multi-word expressions arranged by enumeration (letter pattern) for UK style crosswords. 
    Particularly useful for Jumbo and Prize crosswords. Great inspiration for crossword setters! Crossword solvers might proceed as follows:
    Anglophobic tigress discovered by the Large Hadron Collider? (5,5,8)
    ...look up the 5,5,8 entries by clicking on the "16 - 20 Letters" link below, then on the 18a tab, and scroll down  - everything is laid out in numeric then alphabetical order. There you find: Higgs Boson Particle. (It's an anagram of 'anglophobic tigress'.)
    From 3 to 31 letters.
    Double nouns (including plurals), phrasal verbs (including inflections), proverbs, quotations, mottoes, people and places, literature, the performing arts, sport, common expressions, colloquialisms, idioms ...over 800 categories of information have been mined for this database, as well as thousands of answers from old crosswords. All entries have been selected by a human, not computer-generated.

    To proceed, select the total number of letters in a phrase or multiple-word expression:

    Hyphens are always treated as spaces (i.e. commas in the enumeration). Apostrophes are omitted, so if the answer is "St Vitus's dance" and it is enumerated in the clue as (2,5'1,5), you'll find it here as "St Vituss dance" under (2,6,5).
    Last update: 28 March 2014 (500 new entries).
    You come across some interesting and amusing coincidences while looking through phrases arranged by enumeration. There's a list below where the meanings either complement or contradict each other.  My favourite is under 10,2,10.   9,2,3,4 is also very topical.  Numerologists might make something of all this!
    1,4,4,3,4a bolt from the blue5,2,3,4,5lying to the back teeth
    a gift from the godsswear on the holy bible
    1,5,2,3,7a cloud on the horizon5,2,4,2,3,6first in line to the throne
    a spell of bad weathersuits me down to the ground
    1,6,2,1,8a chance in a thousand5,3,1,4going for a song
    a needle in a haystacktaken for a ride
    2,1,3,2,6do a lot of damage5,3,4,2,2,6judge not lest ye be judged
    in a fit of temperrules are made to be broken
    2,2,3,4,3do it the hard way5,3,4,3,5every Tom Dick and Harry
    in at the deep endstand out from the crowd
    2,2,7,3et in Arcadia ego5,3,5speak the truth
    of no earthly usespill the beans
    2,3ex con5,3,5,2,3,5cross the floor of the house
    ex copleave the scene of the crime
    2,3,3,3,4,2,3if its all the same to you5,3,7,2extol the virtues of
    if its not too much to askstick two fingers up
    2,3,4,2,3,3in the back of the net5,4,3,3brush with the law
    on the edge of the boxcrime does not pay
    2,4,2,1,4as slim as a wandphone nine one one
    as thin as a rakeunder lock and key
    2,5,3,8go forth and multiply5,4,6,5crash bang wallop thump
    up close and personalthrow ones weight about
    2,6,3,3ay theres the rub5,4,7drown ones sorrows
    it drives you madempty ones bladder
    3,2,3,4,2,5all is not what it seems5,5,2,3,7first thing in the morning
    fly in the face of factsthrow light on the subject
    3,2,3,9out of the spotlight5,5,4going great guns
    sit on the sidelinesgoing going gone
    3,2,4,8all on your lonesome5,6,8Large Hadron Collider
    set up home togethersplit second decision
    3,3,2,4the die is cast5,7Peter Capaldi
    the end is nighPeter Cushing
    3,3,3,5,4not for the first timePeter Davison
    the boy who cried wolf5,7,1,5going through a phase
    3,3,5,2,4get the shock of ones lifeRebel without a Cause
    see the error of ones ways5,7,3world without end
    3,3,5,2,6its not going to happenworth waiting for
    put the world to rights5,8Welsh Assembly
    3,3,9,3,5not all sweetness and lightwhite elephant
    the end justifies the meanswindy rhetoric
    3,4,2,1,5any port in a storm5,8,11broad spectrum antibiotics
    The Lady is a trampevery possible combination
    3,4,2,3,5the sign of the cross5,9muddy underfoot
    the sins of the fleshmusic festivals
    3,4,3,3,3get what you pay for6,1,3caught a bus
    the rate for the jobhailed a cab
    3,4,3,4,4for ever and ever amen6,1,4,2,6answer a call of nature
    God does not play diceheaved a sigh of relief
    3,4,5,2,6led from start to finish6,1,7,4desert a sinking ship
    The Pied Piper of Hamlynoffers a helping hand
    3,4,5,6get rich quick scheme6,2,4Prince of Wales
    one born every minutepurple in grain
    3,4,6,6bet your bottom dollar6,2,8,2refuse to consider it
    the last chance saloontheres no escaping it
    3,4,8the cats whiskers6,2,10Houses of Parliament
    the dogs bollocksjoined up government
    3,4,11too much information6,2,11Mother of Parliaments
    use your imaginationnation of shopkeepers
    3,5,2,2get ready to goPalace of Westminster
    the chase is on6,3,5,4scored the first goal
    3,5,2,3,4get ahead of the gamestruck the first blow
    rob Peter to pay Paul6,3,8effing and blinding
    3,5,2,3,5the truth is out therefamily get together
    two sides to the story6,4,2gently does it
    3,5,8the great unwashedhammer away at
    the moral majority6,4,2,4lowest form of life
    3,6,2,2get around to ittravel back in time
    not enough to do6,4,3,3patchy mist and fog
    3,6,2,9the centre of attentionsearch high and low
    the finger of suspicion6,4,3,5turned back the clock
    3,6,2,11The Mother of Parliamentsvoices from the grave
    The Palace of Westminster6,4,4inject some pace
    3,6,3,3the gloves are offKendal mint cake
    the knives are out6,4,4,4escape with ones life
    3,7,4The Selfish Genefasten ones seat belt
    The Missing Link6,4,6,5Angels with Broken Wings
    3,7,6The Mounted Policedepart this mortal realm
    The Perfect Murder6,4,4,5better safe than sorry
    3,7,6two pronged attackfasten your seat belts
    war against terror6,5,6proven track record
    4,1,4,3,2,2make a good job of itsilver medal winner
    make a pigs ear of it6,8French mistress
    4,1,5,7beat a hasty retreatfrilly knickers
    make a quick getaway6,10,4become acquainted with
    4,1,8,4take a backward stepsocial networking site
    take a downward turn7,3,4,2,7Against the laws of physics
    4,1,8,6have a criminal recordNothing can come of nothing
    make a citizens arrest7,3,6predict the future
    4,1,9,4lead a sheltered lifeprepare the ground
    play a dangerous game7,3,6,5receive the wooden spoon
    4,2,1,4,4,7golf is a good walk spoiledrewrite the record books
    when in a hole stop digging7,4,1,6painted into a corner
    4,2,3,4,4life in the fast laneshunted into a siding
    make up for lost time7,4,2,6Newtons Laws of Motion
    4,2,3,5last in the queueNothing left to chance
    late to the party7,5,3Mexican stand off
    4,2,3,8play to the audiencepenalty shoot out
    rise to the occasion7,5,7nuclear power station
    take up the gauntletweapons grade uranium
    4,2,5,4,2come to terms with it7,6mammary glands
    lose no sleep over itMarilyn Monroe
    4,2,8,7have an attitude problem7,10literal mindedness
    lack of parental controllogical positivism
    4,3,4,2,4don’t try this at home8,1,4shooting a line
    draw the line at thatspinning a yarn
    4,3,4,2,4lose the will to live8,1,4,5fighting a lost cause
    make the most of lifeflogging a dead horse
    4,3,5,2,6body and blood of Christ8,1,6Category A prison
    puts the world to rightsCategory B prison
    4,3,5,3,3give the devil his dueCategory C prison
    take the money and runCategory D prison
    Wham bam thank you mamcompound a felony
    4,3,6,4kill the fatted calf8,2,5proceeds of crime
    lean and hungry lookproperty is theft
    4,3,6,7cold and frosty morning8,2,5schedule of works
    keep the engine runningshortage of staff
    4,3,8tout for business8,3,5Scotland the Brave
    used car salesmanscrimped and saved
    4,3,8,3burn the midnight oil8,3,5shoulder the blame
    make the polluter paysidestep the issue
    4,4,1,6back into a corner8,3,7battered and bruised
    hold over a barrelbloodied but unbowed
    make life a misery8,4Immanuel Kant
    4,4,2,3,4,4live life in the fast laneimmortal soul
    what time do you call this8,5,4,5fiddling while Rome burns
    4,4,3,11know ones own limitationswhatever takes your fancy
    some room for improvement8,6,5American client state
    4,4,4,2,3,6have both feet on the groundhandling stolen goods
    have ones head in the clouds8,7credible witness
    4,4,4look like hellcriminal offence
    look ones best8,13auditory hallucination
    4,4,5cast iron alibimultiple personalities
    sure fire thingparanoid schizophrenia
    4,4,5,3,4,4wipe that smile off your face9,2,3,4mortgaged to the hilt
    wash your mouth out with soapoverdrawn at the bank
    4,4,5,4,4make ones dream come true9,2,3,5gentlemen of the press
    turn base metal into goldpossessed by the devil
    4,4,8tall dark strangerpreaching to the choir
    whet ones appetite9,2,3,5stretched to the limit
    4,5,2,3,4sail close to the windteetering on the brink
    stay ahead of the game9,2,3,6injurious to the health
    4,5,4,8dont count your chickenspretender to the throne
    here today gone tomorrow9,4pregnancy test
    4,5,7here comes troublepremature baby
    high speed pursuit9,7attempted suicide
    4,5,8calm under pressureattention seeking
    can't think straight10,2,3casualties of war
    4,6,3,6Eats Shoots and LeavesWalmington on Sea
    Here endeth the lesson10,2,10Archbishop of Canterbury
    4,7,4full frontal nudeeverything in moderation
    give oneself airs10,3,4guaranteed for life
    4,7,4,2,4make someone feel at homeoveregging the cake
    pump someone full of lead10,7unswerving loyalty
    4,7,5anti wrinkle creamunwavering support
    full frontal nudes11,2,3brotherhood of man
    4,9,6self inflicted woundsdeclaration of war
    semi automatic weapon13,8,4consciousness altering drug
    4,11,5Lady Chatterleys loverInternational monetary fund
    slow comfortable screw
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