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'For goodness sake'

Many of our everyday expressions have venerable roots

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A fool's paradise

Romeo and Juliet

A foregone conclusion

Othello

A tower of strength

Richard III

An eye-sore

The Taming of the Shrew

Bated breath

The Merchant of Venice

Budge an inch

The Taming of the Shrew

Cold comfort

King John

Come full circle

King Lear

Come what may

Macbeth

Devil incarnate

Henry V

As white as driven snow

The Winter's Tale

Household words

Henry V

Dead as a doornail

Henry IV, Part 2

In my heart of hearts

Hamlet

Eaten me out of house and home

Henry IV, Part 2

Elbow room

King John

Fatal vision

Macbeth

For goodness sake

Henry VIII

Too much of a good thing

Henry IV, Part

Good night, ladies

Hamlet

Good riddance

Troilus and Cressida

Knock, knock! Who's there?

Macbeth

Into thin air

The Tempest

Milk of human kindness

Macbeth

Shakespeare Top 10 lists
Most sinister villains

1. Aaron, the Moor, Titus Andronicus

2. King Richard III, Richard III

3. Iago, Othello

4. Edmund, King Lear

5. Regan, King Lear

6. Goneril, King Lear

7. Cornwall, King Lear

8. Leontes, The Winter's Tale

9. Macbeth, Macbeth

10. The mob, Julius Caesar

Greatest women's roles
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