17 Common Phrases You've Been Saying Wrong For Years

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1. You should not say: I'm giving you leadway.


You should say: I'm giving you leeway.

For example: I'm giving you leeway to do what you want with the remaining fruit snacks in the pantry.

2. You should not say: for all intensive purposes.

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You should say: for all intents and purposes.

For example: This mandate, for all intents and purposes, is no longer effective.

4. You should not say: tongue-and-cheek.

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You should say: tongue-in-cheek.

For example: Although the kids pretend that their French fries are cigarettes, it's really just a tongue-in-cheek joke among them.

8. You should not say: He/she got off scotch-free.

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You should say: He/she got off scot-free.

For example: Even though he stole 10 candy bars from the store, the officer let him off scot-free since he was just a kid.

9. You should not say: It's a doggy-dog world.

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You should say: It's a dog-eat-dog world.

For example: The world of media is a dog-eat-dog world. It's basically every man for himself.

12. You should not say: hanging on tender hooks.

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You should say: hanging on tenterhooks.

For example: The thought of the man escaping from prison kept me and my friend on tenterhooks.

13. You should not say: Don't take me for granite.

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You should say: Don't take me for granted.

For example: Don't take your mother's cooking for granted, especially since you're leaving for college in a few weeks.

14. You should not say: You chock it up to ____.

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You should say: You chalk it up to ____.

For example: He's always in a bad mood; I've always chalked it up to his lack of proper communication skills.

15. You should not say: We reached a mute point.

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You should say: We've reached a moot point.

For example: The king decided that the issue regarding the stolen bagels was moot because all of the townspeople involved in the dispute were no longer living.