Is the cliche something you avoid like the plague? Or do you babble like a brook, call a spade a spade, and come up smelling like a rose? Don't deep six this embarrassment of riches. For what it's worth, it goes without saying that you can have your cake and eat it, too. In a nutshell, here's a terrific A to Z listing of the meanings and origins of over 2,000 common or particularly interesting cliches for everyone who delights in the pleasure of words.