20 English phrases you’ve been saying wrong (pictures)

Common English phrases - I couldn't care less

Elite Daily, an online news platform for and by millennials, have put together a list 20 common phrases you’ve been saying wrong your entire life.

Most of the mistakes are made because someone heard the phrase, assumed what it meant, and started to use it without checking out the spelling.

So, in order to set the record straight once and for all, we put together a series of common phrases you’ve probably been saying wrong without the slightest clue.

Some of the phrases on the list are popular, just as popular as their wrong use, naming only “I could care less.” Others are quite rare. Do you know what “on tenterhooks” means?

We combined each phrase with the definition, taken either from the online Macmillan Dictionary or The Free Dictionary.

The correct way to say 20 English phrases

1

Common English phrases - Don't take it for granted

to take something for granted to expect something always to happen or exist in a particular way, and not to think about any possible problems or difficulties

2

Common English phrases - Give someone free rein

give someone free rein to allow someone or something complete freedom

3

Common English phrases - Wreak havoc

wreak havoc to cause a lot of trouble with something; to ruin or damage something

4

Common English phrases - Tongue-in-cheek

tongue-in-cheek intended to be humorous and not meant seriously

5

Common English phrases - Statute of limitations

statute of limitations a law that sets a period during which legal action can be taken

6

Common English phrases - Scot-free

scot-free without incurring any penalty or punishment

7

Common English phrases - Scapegoat

scapegoat someone who is blamed for something that is not their fault, especially because someone else wants to avoid being blamed

8

Common English phrases - Regardless

regardless without being affected or influenced by someone or something

9

Common English phrases - One and the same

one and the same used for emphasizing that two or more names or descriptions refer to the same person or thing

10

Common English phrases - On tenterhooks

on tenterhooks nervous because you do not know what is going to happen

11

Common English phrases - Nip it in the bud

nip something in the bud to stop a bad situation from becoming worse by taking action at an early stage of its development

12

Common English phrases - Moot point

moot point a point or question to be debated; a doubtful question

13

Common English phrases - It's a dog-eat-dog world

it’s a dog-eat-dog world when people compete very hard and will do anything to be successful

14

Common English phrases - Hunger pangs

hunger pangs pains in the abdominal region which occur in the early stages of hunger

15

Common English phrases - Giving leeway

to give leeway to give freedom of action or thought

16

Common English phrases - For all intents and purposes

for all intents and purposes in every practical sense

17

Common English phrases - Fall by the wayside

to fall by the wayside to not be successful or effective any longer

18

Common English phrases - Exact revenge

to exact revenge to inflict a revenge

19

Common English phrases - Beck and call

at someone’s beck and call available to do things for another person whenever they want

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Common English phrases - I couldn't care less

I couldn’t care less when I do not care about something at all

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