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'Is' Cliches

Guess the first part of these cliches.
Last updated: June 17, 2015
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First Part
Second Part
the grass
is always greener on the other side
the pen
is mightier than the sword
hindsight
is 20/20
time
is money
beauty
is only skin deep
a bird in the hand
is worth two in the bush
laughter
is the best medicine
blood
is thicker than water
a mind
is a terrible thing to waste
the love of money
is the root of all evil
necessity
is the mother of invention
First Part
Second Part
variety
is the spice of life
truth
is stranger than fiction
home
is where the heart is
ignorance
is bliss
life
is like a box of chocolates
talk
is cheap
cleanliness
is next to Godliness
the devil
is in the details
imitation
is the sincerest form of flattery
a penny saved
is a penny earned
the road to hell
is paved with good intentions
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level 28
Jul 17, 2013
You should also accept simply "one in the hand" for is worth two in the bush.
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level 47
Feb 6, 2014
Can mimicry be accepted for imitation?
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level 66
Jun 22, 2015
I tried that first too. Took me far longer than it should have to come up with imitation. Tried mimicry, mockery, copying, and maybe a couple others before imitation hit me like a slap in the face. :D
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level 47
Mar 13, 2015
Surprised not to find this discussion already -- I would classify these most generally as proverbs, adages or sayings. The term "cliche" is largely subjective but means the phrase has been so over-used as to be trite or nearly meaningless. Many of the "is" sayings in this list contain some wisdom and are useful at times, in my opinion. Here is an "is" cliche I wouldn't mind to be stricken from language: "it is what it is". Final observation, "cliches should be avoided like the plague"!
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level 54
Jun 16, 2015
"Imitation." "A penny saved." "THE ROAD TO HELL." That certainly escalated in epic intensity.
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level 66
Jun 16, 2015
I've always known it as "God is in the details" which, as far as I know, is where "the devil is in the details" originates from. Any chance of you accepting this?
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level 64
Jun 16, 2015
Why do we have to type "the" in the "The road to hell" one? That seems unnecessary.
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level 50
Jun 16, 2015
Agree, especially when you don't have to on all the other ones
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level 69
Jun 16, 2015
Right??? That's the only one that took me quite a few tries. I tried perdition, damnation, hades, and a few others till it dawned on me to spell out every word. Odd.
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level 76
Jun 16, 2015
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level ∞
Jun 17, 2015
Fixed
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level 69
Jun 16, 2015
Easiest quiz I've taken. 100%
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level 65
Jun 16, 2015
100%.
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level 20
Feb 29, 2016
where i'm from we have always said "rearview is 20/20" but we're just awkward MidWesterners
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level 34
Mar 25, 2016
I've used Mockery before
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level 70
May 12, 2016
Isn't "a mind is a terrible thing to waste" just the tagline from a United Negro College Fund commercial and not an actual adage as such?
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level 67
Jun 13, 2016
I agree. And "life is like a box of chocolates" is from Forrest Gump.
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level 65
Oct 19, 2016
I think the primary reason I remember "A mind is a terrible thing to waste" is because of the time George W Bush misquoted it as "To lose one's mind is a terrible thing.".
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level 67
Oct 19, 2016
What George said sounds right to me.
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level 75
Oct 19, 2016
My favorite version is, "A waist is a terrible thing to mind."
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level 38
May 2, 2017
Former President Bush was probably confused because he might have been junk punker who was constantly bombarded by idiots who wanted to change all of the adages to suit themselves instead of making an attempt to remember them as learnt.
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level 68
Jul 17, 2018
I agree.
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level 75
Nov 5, 2017
Are you thinking of Dan Quayle?
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level 38
Apr 20, 2018
^ Ha, Ha! Actually, I think Quayle's faux pas actually helped many, who then learned to spell "potato" correctly!
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level 75
Apr 10, 2019
I'm not kidding. This was the quote from Quayle, speaking to the United Negro College Fund and mangling their slogan "a mind is a terrible thing to waste":

"When you take the UNCF model that, what a waste it is to lose one's mind, or not to have a mind is being very wasteful, how true that is."

Anyway that was Quayle, not Bush. I think it was also the title to a book of Quayle quotations we once had. "What a Waste it is to Lose One's Mind"
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level 70
Jun 9, 2017
Cleanliness is not next to Godliness. "Goggles" is next to Godliness. I looked it up. :-P
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level 54
Aug 23, 2017
How about "the proof is in the pudding"?
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level 67
Oct 15, 2017
should be 'the proof of the pudding is in the eating'
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level 71
Jan 7, 2018
Interesting- ‘a mind is a terrible thing to waste’ doesn’t seem to have made it across the pond over the last 45 years. Or maybe just not to me. Can see why it has permeated into US culture
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level 52
Oct 7, 2018
can we have Macgyver is the mother of invention??
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level 47
Dec 16, 2018
knew all but hindsight, but for some i didnt know the exact word. (like I tried a penny wellspend)
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level 58
Apr 10, 2019
These aren't clichés.
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level 58
Apr 10, 2019
Yes they are.
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level 22
Apr 10, 2019
I'm Dutch, so I don't know a lot of these cliches, but some are the same in Dutch or gives me an Aha-Ergebnis.
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level 41
Apr 10, 2019
Felt like I could hear my grandma saying all of these as I was typing haha XD Great quiz!