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Don't Cliches Quiz

According to cliche, here are some things you just shouldn't do. Fill in the blanks.
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First submittedMarch 30, 2011
Last updatedJanuary 20, 2014
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Cliche
Don't bite the hand that feeds you
Don't go to bed angry
Don't quit your day job
Don't count your chickens before they hatch
Don't rain on my parade
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water
Don't bring a knife to a gun fight
Don't judge a book by its cover
Don't burn the candle at both ends
Don't trust anyone over thirty
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
Don't worry, be happy
Cliche
Don't rock the boat
Don't make mountain out of a molehill
Don't wear white after Labor Day
Don't hate the playa, hate the game
Don't spit into the wind
Don't throw good money after bad
Don't sweat the small stuff
Don't put the cart before the horse
Don't bite off more than you can chew
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
Don't take any wooden nickels
Don't gild the lily
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level 17
Jan 29, 2014
I always thought it was anthill instead of molehill lol
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level 55
Apr 12, 2015
I tried the same thing! I think maybe both are used. But thankfully, I remembered molehill.
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level 40
Feb 21, 2014
Why shouldn't you wear white after Labor Day? I've never heard this phrase
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level 49
Feb 21, 2014
Presumably for the same reason that you mustn't wear a straw hat after September 15. (The last time anybody broke that rule, we had the Straw Hat Riots of 1922, which is not an event anyone wants to see repeated. Fashion is serious business and must not be trifled with lightly.)
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level 38
Jul 6, 2018
The rule about not wearing white after labor day is strictly for those who live in states/countries that have changing climates. In the Caribbean and Miami, FL we wear white all year long.
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level 75
Jul 8, 2014
It was a fashion rule from decades past. Ladies had to put away their white clothing, handbags and shoes after Labor Day, and could not wear them again until Easter. (Or Memorial Day in some places.) Don't ask me who made the rule or why we followed it, but even today I still cringe when I think about wearing white shoes after Labor Day. Coco Chanel was one of the few who got away with thumbing her nose at the "law".
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level 45
Jun 1, 2015
So when's Labour Day?
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level 75
Oct 19, 2016
Labor Day is the first Monday in September in the US. It honors workers, and is pretty much the unofficial end of summer. Pools close, kids are back in school, and the flip-flops go back in the closet until next year. (Except in the regions that are warm year-round.)
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level 55
Apr 12, 2015
I've heard the phrase my whole life, never followed it, never cared, and never knew why. lol
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level 66
Dec 22, 2016
What a rebel
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level 76
Apr 1, 2018
I thought it was because you weren't supposed to wear light colors, or worse, white, in the Fall and Winter. Bring them out again in the Spring. Not that there's anything objectively wrong with that just a silly fashion thing.
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level 45
Feb 21, 2014
Got them all except "don't hate the playa, hate the game". Drat!
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level 70
Mar 28, 2017
Modern slang. Making people dumber one phrase at a time.
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level 50
Feb 24, 2014
Don't hate the playa, hate the game? Playa is Spanish for beach; player is one who plays a game. Please could you amend the spelling. Thank you
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level 79
May 20, 2014
It's slang and correct in the context.
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level 57
Dec 7, 2018
Indeed my answer was beach, because I read it as playa. (My first language is not a romance one but a germanic one btw, so playa=beach isnt even that familiar to me) It took me a while to see it as player and then I remembered the saying. I dont see why it specifically has to be playa. I ve always heard it said as player. And yes, some "street-people" might pronounce it like that. But then you might write : tuh or tha /da playa, since it probably wouldnt be prounced as "the" either.
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level 76
Jul 15, 2019
even more confusing would be the phrase "don't hate the playa, hate the arena."
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level 53
Apr 20, 2014
Everything I can find online that starts with "Don't hate the playa..." seems to replace "playa" with "player". Rap songs, Urban Dictionary, whatever. I think it's really "Don't hate the player, hate the game."
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level 70
Mar 28, 2017
You're making the mistake of engaging your brain here. Unplug any vestige of intelligence, then try to be as lazy as is humanly possible, and you should be able to better grasp what goes into modern slang, which now passes for culture.
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level 38
May 3, 2017
No, IT IS NOT! Instead of trying to find exceptions to the norm, why don't you just admit you were mistaken, learn the correct phraseology and get on with your life! It is so TIRING to constantly, at the end of every quiz, to find a list of "Please accept(s)....!
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level 68
Dec 17, 2018
I assumed it was, 'Don't hate the playa, hate the referee.'
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level 68
Jun 25, 2019
Agree. For Spanish speakers, using "playa" is very confusing.
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level 47
Apr 27, 2014
Where I'm from most people say "ant hills" but I've heard "mole hills" too. Just wasn't my first guess.
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level 58
Nov 10, 2015
Woah!! Don't trust anyone over 30??!! Who the ....heck, says that? Seriously, I've never heard that.
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level 75
Oct 19, 2016
Jack Weinberg. It was a catchphrase of the hippies in the 1960's.
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level 38
Jul 6, 2018
If you've never heard if "Don't trust anyone over thirty" then you obviously have never seen "Wild in the Streets" with Christopher Jones. Try, it, you might like it!
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level 60
Feb 2, 2016
I find it funny how some idioms are so different in other languages. "Don't make a mountain out of a molehill" e.g. is (translated to English from the German version): "Don't make an elephant out of a mosquito."
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level 57
Dec 7, 2018
It is the same in dutch, I tried hill first, later elephant and mosquito. And all types of words that would suggest some sort of hill/raised area. Mount, lump, I dont know...
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level 44
Dec 31, 2016
My mum used to say Don't cry over spilled milk!
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level 56
Jul 8, 2017
Accept don't go to bed hungry?
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level 40
Aug 17, 2017
Hmm, I've always heard it as 'Don't p*ss into the wind'... Got it nonetheless!
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level 52
Oct 4, 2018
same here... lol
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level 57
Dec 7, 2018
Exactly!! I tried so many things you shouldnt spit in.. food, face, stream, river, Even before I read the answers, but after I finished the quiz, I thought, if it was "piss" I would ve known the answer.. (thinking it would be a totally different saying)
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level 57
Dec 7, 2018
Im allways surprised how many I (or anyone else for that matter) get right, while english isnt my native language. Sometimes saying are similar in different countries. But in this list we (Netherlands) only have the "gift horse" one.
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level 70
Dec 7, 2018
Most people have heard of peeing in the wind. It's a sign of futility, messy and embarrassing after the fact. Spitting at least you can dodge.
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level 61
Apr 22, 2019
No "Don't cry over spilled milk." It brings me such sadness that Quizmaster would forget that.