Figures of Speech that Would Look or Feel Weird If They Were Literal

The Top Ten
1 Talking your head off

Although it was hard to decide between this and "sweating bullets" this would look creepy and feel weird. More people would be quiet if you could literally talk your head off.

Hey maybe it would get people to stop talking.

2 Eating your heart out

Although this is a common phrase, this would be pretty hard to do, and equally as painful as sweating bullets. If not more painful.

3 Sweating bullets

For one thing, this would be incredibly painful to do. Also, it would just look weird.

That would look very weird.

4 Having fire in your belly

I imagine this would make heartburn feel like a minor problem. Your guts would literally be burning.

5 Opening your heart

I think this is known as "open-heart surgery."

This would be extremely painful

Open heart surgery?

6 Racking your brain

Depending on which definition of "racking" you use, this could mean putting your brain on a rack (which would look and feel very weird,) or simply giving yourself a headache.

7 Being frozen in fear

The normal definition is actually a pretty common thing, but taken literally, you'd be encased in ice and would probably get frostbite. This would suck.

But this one is literal, they're just using a different definition of frozen ...

Well it's a different kind of frozen in this since.

8 Having a broken heart

You can actually die from "having a broken heart". It's called broken heart syndrome, and it's associated with being stressed and other strong emotions, and can happen suddenly. But that's extremely rare.

As ordinary as this sounds, if you actually had a vital organ in more than one piece, I can't say I find it likely that you'd live to tell the tale.

Hmm. In reality that means you're dead.

9 Wearing your heart on your sleeve

Imagine...
It's more likely to get broken this way. Keep your heart close to your chest, it really is so much safer.

"Wear your heart up on your sleeve
So watch out for pickpockets" Big Sean

10 Butterflies in your stomach

I don't know what that would feel like.

The Newcomers

? Having your head in the clouds

This would be weird but fun

That sounds cool. Sign me up.

The Contenders
11 Jumping out of your skin
12 Being as fast as lightning

That would be unbearably fast. You would constantly crash in to things.

Although this is actually something that would be cool to be, it would look like you're Quicksilver's child

13 Catching your foot in your mouth

I don't know a lot of people including me can do this (it still looks weird obviously).

You have to be made of play-doh to accomplish this one.

That would probably hurt.

Well I mean I can get my foot up to my mouth I can’t put it in my mouth

I can probably get some of my foot in my mouth. (No, I didn't try to fit it in my mouth. That would be ridiculously gross. I can just tell by getting it up to my face that it could go further. It hurts, but still.)

14 Being as thin as a twig

I actually fall under this category, in the normal context, but if this were literal, you could throw people like myself around like rag dolls.

15 Snarling at someone

I would gladly snarl at someone if they deserved it.

Unless you're a dog, this would look weird.

16 Beating a dead horse

A good way to get animal rights advocates bugging you.

Animal abuse! >:o

17 Being caught red-handed

Although I wouldn't call this a bizarre reality (especially if said person caught red-handed was stealing red paint,) it would be kind of weird to suddenly have red hands.

18 Puking rainbows

When something is so cute that you "puke rainbows". That wouldn't look weird if it were literal at all.

19 Having one foot in the grave
20 Food for thought
21 Stopping dead in your tracks
22 Drowning in tears
23 Chasing Shadows
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