Top 20 Phrases Brits Can’t Get Enough Of

In Britain, exaggeration isn’t merely a linguistic quirk — it’s an art form. Here are 20 hyperbolic phrases that Brits employ with unparalleled zeal, often leaving reality trailing far behind.

1. “Raining Cats and Dogs”

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Because describing it as a heavy downpour won’t do.

2. “I’m Starving to Death” 

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Uttered mere hours after a full meal, naturally.

3. This Bag Weighs a Ton” 

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A slight exaggeration for anything over a kilo.

4. “I’ve Walked a Thousand Miles Today”

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Likely not even close to a marathon, but who’s counting?

5. “I’ve Got a Million Things to Do” 

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The to-do list might be long, but probably not that long.

6. “You’ve Made Me the Happiest Person in the World” 

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British for “I’m quite pleased, actually.”

7. “I’ve Heard That Joke a Billion Times” 

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And yet, somehow, it’s still funny.

8. “I’m Dying of Embarrassment” 

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The survival rate is surprisingly high.

9. “That Test Was Impossible” 

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It was just a tad difficult, really.

10. “My Feet Are Killing Me” 

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The price of fashion or a day’s sightseeing.

11. “I Was Waiting for an Eternity” 

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Anything over five minutes qualifies.

12. “You Could Have Knocked Me Over With a Feather” 

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Surprised? Yes. Actually feather-sensitive? Doubtful.

13. “I Laughed my Head off”

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Still firmly attached, though.

14. “I Nearly Jumped Out of My Skin” 

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A close encounter with a spider can do that.

15. “I’ve Told You a Million Times Not to Exaggerate” 

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Irony, British style.

16. “It Was Fun” 

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When it was anything but, delivered with a stiff upper lip.

17. “The Wind Nearly Blew Me Away” 

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A breezy day turned into a survival story.

18. “I’ve Got About 10,000 Emails” 

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Inbox anxiety reaches new, exaggerated heights.

19. “He’s Like 12” 

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For anyone under the age of 30, apparently.

20. “It Was Literally…” 

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The setup for any story where ‘literally’ means ‘figuratively’.

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And there you have it, a testament to the British flair for making the ordinary seem extraordinary through sheer linguistic prowess. Which one is your most commonly used?

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