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.

Not sure how exactly to make it an item but any case of "would kill to (insert thing)".

5 Opening your heart

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

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 sense.

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

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 Contenders
11 Jumping out of your skin
12 Having your head in the clouds

That sounds cool. Sign me up.

13 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

14 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.

15 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.

16 Beating a dead horse

A good way to get animal rights advocates bugging you.

Animal abuse! >:o

17 Snarling at someone

I would gladly snarl at someone if they deserved it.

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

18 Food for thought

This could easily be literal it would just be different from what the saying actually means. That is your mind working better due to having had enough to eat.

19 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.

20 Puking rainbows

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

21 Having one foot in the grave
22 Stopping dead in your tracks
23 Spilling your guts

As a general trend quite a lot of these involve dying.

24 Drowning in tears
25 Chasing Shadows
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