Here are several commonly used phrases and sayings starting with the letter B. You can find out what each phrase means underneath. Tap or click an expression to learn further details.
Phrases List – “B”
Back To Square One
To go back to the beginning; back to the drawing board.
Back To The Drawing Board
Starting over again because of a previously failed attempt. Similar to phrases like “back to square one.”
Barking Up The Wrong Tree
To make a wrong assumption about something.
Beating a Dead Horse
To bring up a past issue that has already been resolved.
Beating Around The Bush
Someone who is “beating around the bush” is someone who is failing to get to the main point.
Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
What is nice looking to one person might be ugly to another; people’s opinions can differ on what is beautiful.
Benefit Of The Doubt
To believe someone, even though you might have some doubts.
Better Safe Than Sorry
It’s better to choose the safer option than the riskier one.
Between a Rock And a Hard Place
Being faced with two options but it’s hard to pick one because both are equally desirable or because both are not satisfactory.
Birds Of a Feather Flock Together
People tend to associate with others who share similar interests or values.
Break The Ice
This phrase means to break down a social stiffness.
Bull In a China Shop
Someone who breaks things due to clumsiness.
Burst Your Bubble
Giving someone news or information that will disappoint them.
Note: More common “B” phrases are below. While they do not have their own page, you can still learn what they mean.
Someone who tells another person exactly what to do in certain situations, instead of letting that person do it themselves.
Ball Is In Your Court
If someone says the “ball is in your court,” it means that the time has come for you to make a decision or take an action.
Only what is essential; no more than what is necessary.
Better Late Than Never
This saying means that it is better to do something late than to never do it at all.
Bite The Bullet
Finally committing to a tough decision.
Blast From The Past
Seeing something that strongly reminds you of the past.
Blow Your Mind
To be amazed or impressed.
Bring Home The Bacon
Acquiring money from working at a job.
Burn a Hole In My Pocket
Eager to spend money.
Bury The Hatchet
If you bury the hatchet with someone, you let go of problems that you’ve had in the past with them; to forgive and forget.
Bury Your Head In The Sand
Ignoring a problem, not wanting to acknowledge it.
By The Skin Of Your Teeth
Just barely; narrowly.