24 Great Old Timey Sayings and Phrases

Every generation has their collection of sayings and slang that help to communicate a certain action or feeling. Here is a look at some of the best old timey sayings and phrases that are still around in the 21st century. With various meanings and references in history, these signs still remain prevalent today.

A leopard cannot change its spots.

Barking up the wrong tree.

Beggars can’t be choosers.

Born with a silver spoon.

Can’t cut the mustard.

Close, but no cigar.

Cool as a cucumber.

Don’t jump ship.

Drink like a fish.

Everything but the kitchen sink.

Fair and Square.

Keep your shirt on.

Mind Your P’s and Q’s.

New kid on the block.

Paint the town red.

Penny pinching.

Pop goes the weasel.

Put a sock on it.

Read between the lines.

Rule of thumb.

Saved by the bell.

Take the upper hand.

The cat’s meow.

When the rubber hits the road.

Here is a look at some of the most popular old slang phrases we should bring back and the meanings behind them.