English Idioms

Snug as a bug in a rug

If you're as snug as a bug in a rug, you are feeling very comfortable indeed.

Sprat to catch a mackerel

If you use a sprat to catch a mackerel, you make a small expenditure or take a small risk in the hope of a much greater gain.

Spring chicken

Someone who's a spring chicken is very young, often inexperienced.

Stalking horse

A stalking horse is a strategy or something used to conceal your intentions.  It is often used where someone put themselves forwards as a candidate to divide opponents or to hide the real candidate.

Stubborn as a mule

Someone who will not listen to other people's advice and won't change their way of doing things is as stubborn as a mule.

Strong as an ox

Someone who's exceedingly strong physically is said to be as strong as an ox.

Straw that broke the camel's back

The straw that broke the camel's back is the problem that made you lose your temper or the problem that finally brought about the collapse of something.

Sweat like a pig

If someone is sweating like a pig, they are perspiring (sweating) a lot.


A person's swansong is their final achievement or public appearance.

Swim with the fishes

If someone is swimming with the fishes, they are dead, especially if they have been murdered. 'Sleep with the fishes' is an alternative form.