There’s nothing like a good idiom or saying to sum up how you feel. Something really interesting about old phrases is that a lot of them have been in use for centuries.

That means that a lot of sayings we use today might not be related to anything we would be able to recognize as meaning the same thing.

Click next to learn the interesting histories of some of our most commonly-used phrases.

“Get off your high horse”

WritingExplained dates this one to the 1300s. They say that the phrase first appeared in John Wycliff’s book English Works, which describes war horses walking along with a procession.

These horses are literally taller than other horses, and people began to use this saying as a way of describing someone who acts like they think they are better, or above, others.