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Idioms had phrasing that had figurative meaning often unrelated to the actual phrasing. By studying the etymology of an idiom, one could determine how it came to be used. (TNG: "All Good Things...")

The Leyron were know to communicated using gestural idioms. (VOY: "Macrocosm")

Artistic, athletic, economic, military, and nautical terms often contained idioms.

List of common phrases and idioms Edit

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"A bit" (TOS: "Wink of an Eye", et al.)

"A bright idea" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"A deuce of a" (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")

"A feather in your cap" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"A fly on the wall" (TNG: "A Matter of Time", "Lower Decks")

"A head start" (TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris")

"A hell of a" (TNG: "The Defector", "Yesterday's Enterprise")

"A kick in the head" (TNG: "The Bonding")

"A lick of work" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"A little" (TNG: "Q Who", "Up The Long Ladder", "The Survivors", "The Bonding", "Booby Trap", and more)

"A little bit" (TNG: "Pen Pals", "Samaritan Snare", "Up The Long Ladder")

"A long face" (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

"A lost cause" (TNG: "The Defector", "Deja Q")

"A lot" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, et al.)

"A lot of" (TNG: "Justice", et al.)

"A man for all seasons" (TNG: "The Schizoid Man")

"A match made in heaven" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"A matter of life and death" (TNG: "Symbiosis", "The Price")

"A matter of principle" (TOS: "I, Mudd")

"A motor mouth" (TNG: "Q Who")

"A rose by any other name" (TOS: "By Any Other Name")

"A rough ride" (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

"A second thought" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"A slip of the tongue" (TOS: "The Deadly Years")

"A spider under the table. (TNG: "Lower Decks")

"A shot in the dark" (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom", "The Best of Both Worlds"; VOY: "Distant Origin")

"A thing" (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark", et al.)

"A wide berth"

"Above all" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Above all else" (TNG: "Coming of Age", "Yesterday's Enterprise")

"About time" (TNG: "Emissary")

"Across the board" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"After a fashion" (TOS: "Journey to Babel")

"After all" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier et al.)

"Against my better judgment" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"Ahead of schedule" (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

"All clear" (TNG: "The Battle")

"All ears" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; TNG: "The Battle")

"All in a day's work" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"All in all" (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy")

"All in good time" (TNG: "Conspiracy")

"All-nighter" (TNG: "Evolution")

"All over again" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Survivors")

"All right"/"Alright" (TOS: "The Man Trap", et al)

"All set" (TNG: "Home Soil", "Emissary")

"All smiles" (TNG: "Booby Trap")

"All the best" (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

"All the same" (TAS: "The Infinite Vulcan"; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"All the time" (TOS: "Charlie X", et al.)

"All the way" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun")

"All the while" (TAS: "Once Upon a Planet")

"All things must pass" (TNG: "The Schizoid Man")

"All yours" (TNG: "Emissary")

"Allow me" (TAS: "The Magicks of Megas-Tu"; TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

"An iron hand" (TNG: "Sins of the Father")

"And a half" (TAS: "The Jihad")

"And all that" (TNG: "Emissary", "Tin Man")

"And so forth" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "The Price")

"And that" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"And then some" (TNG: "Sins of the Father")

"Ante up" (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man", "The Royale")

"Any time' (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"Apples and oranges" (ENT: "Broken Bow")

"Are your ears tingling" (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs")

"Armed to the teeth" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

"Around the bend" (DS9: "Rapture")

"Around the block" (Star Trek Generations; DS9: "His Way")

"(A)round the clock" (TOS: "The Tholian Web"; TAS: "The Time Trap"); TNG: "Code of Honor", "The Outcast", "Chain of Command, Part I", "Lower Decks"; DS9: "Necessary Evil", "Apocalypse Rising"; VOY: "Ex Post Facto", "Basics, Part II", "The Gift", "Hope and Fear", "Drone", VOY: "Extreme Risk", "Counterpoint", "Latent Image", "Dark Frontier", "Spirit Folk", "The Void"; ENT: "Dead Stop")

"As a last resort" (TOS: "Journey to Babel")

"As a matter of fact" (TOS: "Shore Leave" et al.)

"As a result" (TOS: "Court Martial" et al.)

"As a whole" (TNG: "Peak Performance")

"As always" (TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"; TNG: "The Defector")

"As far as" (TNG: "Emissary", "Hollow Pursuits")

"As far as I know" (TNG: "Allegiance")

"As follows" (TNG: "Emissary")

"As if" (TNG: "Lonely Among Us", "Justice")

"As per" (TNG: "Justice")

"As the next (person)" (TOS: "The Apple"; TNG: "The Masterpiece Society"; DS9: "Past Tense, Part II"; VOY: "Caretaker")

"As soon as possible" (TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth", et al.)

"As usual" (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder")

"As well" (TNG: "Home Soil", "The Outrageous Okona", "Emissary", "Who Watches The Watchers")

"As yet" (TOS: "The Mark of Gideon", et al.)

"As you know" (TNG: "The Last Outpost", et al.)

"As you wish" (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren", et al.)

"At a loss" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"At a loss for words" (TOS: "The Alternative Factor")

"At a moment's notice" (TNG: "Contagion")

"At a price" (TNG: "The Battle"; DS9: "The Abandoned"; VOY: "Renaissance Man")

"At a time" (TOS: "The Mark of Gideon", et al.)

"At all" (TAS: "Once Upon a Planet" et al.)

"At all costs" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun"; TAS: "One of Our Planets Is Missing"; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"At all times" (TNG: "The Enemy", "Sins of the Father")

"At any (price)" (TNG: "When The Bough Breaks") /"At any cost" (TNG: "The Hunted", "Tin Man")

"At any rate" (TOS: "Friday's Child", "Whom Gods Destroy"; TNG: "The Royale")

"At bay" (TNG: "The Survivors", "Allegiance")

"At best" (TOS: "Friday's Child"; TNG: "Hide and Q", "Samaritan Snare", "Who Watches The Watchers", "The High Ground")

"At ease" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Last Outpost", "Where Silence Has Lease", "Sins of the Father")

"At fault" (TNG: "Coming of Age")

"At first" (TNG: "Manhunt", "The Survivors")

"At hand" (TAS: "The Magicks of Megas-Tu"; TNG: "Haven", "The Arsenal of Freedom")

"At heart" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action"; TNG: "The Dauphin")

"At home" (TNG: "Angel One")

"At issue" (TNG: "Shades of Gray")

"At last" (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon", et al.)

"At least" (TOS: "The Tholian Web", et al.)

"At length" (TNG: "Coming of Age")

"At liberty" (TOS: "Mirror, Mirror"; TNG: "Too Short a Season")

"At most" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"At my disposal" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"At night" (TNG: "The Child", "The Most Toys")

"At odds with (someone)" (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer"; TNG: "Redemption", "Frame of Mind")

"At once" (TOS: "The Tholian Web", et al.)

"At one time" (TNG: "Who Watches The Watchers")

"At our best" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"At our command" (TNG: "The Enemy")

"At (our) disposal" (TOS: "The Mark of Gideon"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"At play" (TNG: "The Child")

"At present" (TOS: "The Way to Eden")

"At random" (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data", "The Royale", "Allegiance")

"At regular intervals" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"At risk" (TNG: "Conspiracy", "Elementary, Dear Data", "Evolution", "Deja Q")

"At sea" (TNG: "The Survivors")

"At some length" (TAS: "The Survivor")

"At stake" (TOS: "The Mark of Gideon", et al.)

"At that point" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"At that rate" (TOS: "The Empath")

"At the drop of a hat." (TNG: "Justice")

"At the hands of" (TNG: "The Enemy")

"At the moment" (TOS: "Metamorphosis", et al.)

"At the most" (TAS: "The Time Trap")

"At the outside" (TOS: "Amok Time")

"At the present time' (TNG: "Peak Performance")

"At the same time" (TAS: "More Tribbles, More Troubles"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Hollow Pursuits")

"At the time" (TOS: "Journey to Babel", et al.)

"At this moment" (TAS: "One of Our Planets Is Missing", et al.)

"At this moment in time" (TNG: "Pen Pals")

"At this point" (TOS: "Obsession", et al.)

"At this rate" (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon")

"At times" (TAS: "The Pirates of Orion"; TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Icarus Factor")

"At war" (TNG: "Emissary", "Yesterday's Enterprise", "The Most Toys")

"At will" (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles", "By Any Other Name"; TAS: "The Survivor"; TNG: "Who Watches The Watchers")

"At work" (TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease", "Allegiance")

"At (your) convenience" (TOS: "The Deadly Years"; TNG: "The High Ground", "The Offspring", "Captain's Holiday", "Sarek")

"At (your) discretion" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

"At (your) disposal" (TAS: "The Magicks of Megas-Tu"; TNG: "Haven")

"At your earliest convenience" (TNG: "The Defector")

"At your mercy" (TNG: "Evolution")

"At your service" (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren", et al.)

"Back and forth" (TNG: "Tin Man")

"Back up" (TNG: "Sins of the Father")

"Back(ed) into a corner" (TOS: "The Conscience of the King")

"Backward and forward" (TNG: "Unnatural Selection")

"Badger (someone)" (TNG: "Allegiance"; DS9: "One Little Ship")

"Bad news" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Bag of tricks" (TOS: "Who Mourns for Adonais?"; TNG: "Devil's Due")

"Banging into" (TNG: "Q Who")

"Bargaining chip" (TNG: "The High Ground")

"(Their) bark is worse than (their) bite" (VOY: "Year of Hell", "Once Upon a Time")

"Barrel of laughs" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun")

"Barrel out of" (TNG: "Booby Trap")

"Be careful" (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

"Be my guest" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Be right there" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"Be subject to" (TAS: "The Pirates of Orion")

"Be that as it may" (TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease")

"Bear in mind" (TOS: "Friday's Child")

"Bed of Felaran rose petals" (VOY: "Parturition")

"Behind (my) back" (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

"Behind schedule" (TNG: "Lonely Among Us")

"Best of luck" (TNG: "Tin Man")

"Beyond belief" (TNG: "The Defector")

"Beyond comparison" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"Beyond description" (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

"Big jump" (TNG: "Too Short a Season")

"Birds of a feather" (TNG: "A Matter of Time"; VOY: "Spirit Folk")

"Bite my tongue" (TNG: "Night Terrors") / "Holding my tongue" (ENT: "Judgment")

"Bits and pieces" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun")

"Bitten off more than we can chew" (TOS: "Mirror, Mirror")

"Black and white"

"Black cloud/dark cloud"

"Black thumb" (DS9: "Paradise")

"Bleeding heart" (TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield")

"Bless you" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"Bloodsucker" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; VOY: "Gravity")

"Blow some steam off" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"Blue in the face" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Bored to tears" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"Bosom buddy" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"Bottom line" (TNG: "The Last Outpost", "The Battle")

"Brave new world" (TOS: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?")

"Break the ice"

"Breathing down (someone's) neck" (DS9: "Apocalypse Rising"; VOY: "Message in a Bottle")

"Breathing space" (TNG: "Contagion")

"Bright side" (TNG: "The Price")

"Bring (brought) the house down" (TOS: "Amok Time"; TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")

"Broke my heart" (TNG: "The Hunted")

"Brush with death" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

"Bucket of bolts" (ENT: "Affliction"; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

"Burn(ing) up" (TAS: "The Counter-Clock Incident"; Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

"Bury the hatchet" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Bury yourself in the part" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Business is business" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action")

"Bust him up" (TNG: "Peak Performance")

"But then" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Buttering our bread" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"By all means" (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren", et al.)

"By any chance" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"By comparison" (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before"; TNG: "Justice")

"By hand" (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")

"By heart" (ENT: "Broken Bow"; DS9: "The Sound of Her Voice")

"By means of" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"By rights" (TAS: "The Jihad")

"By rote" (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")

"By the book" (TOS: "The Man Trap"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; TNG: "Deja Q", "Disaster"; DS9: "The Maquis, Part I", "When It Rains..."; VOY: "Learning Curve", "Revulsion", "Memorial"; ENT: "Silent Enemy", "First Flight")

"By the time" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"By the way" (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"By way of" (TNG: "Unnatural Selection")

"Calculated risk" (TOS: "A Taste of Armageddon", "The Doomsday Machine", "The Paradise Syndrome"; TNG: "Legacy"; DS9: "Change of Heart"; VOY: "Equinox"; ENT: "The Communicator")

"Call up" (TNG: "The High Ground")

"Call(ing) it a night" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, et al.)

"Calm before the storm" (TNG: "Home Soil")

"Carrot and stick" (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

"Carry on" (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday", "Amok Time", "Mirror, Mirror", "The Immunity Syndrome", "The Paradise Syndrome", TAS: "The Survivor", Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; TNG: "Code of Honor", "Q Who", "Samaritan Snare", "Peak Performance", "The Ensigns of Command", and more)

"Carry out" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"

"Cash money" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Cat burglar" (VOY: "Year of Hell")

"Cat got your tongue" (VOY: "In the Flesh")

"Catch my breath" (TNG: "The Price")

"Change of heart" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor", "A Fistful of Datas"; DS9: "Rivals", "Ties of Blood and Water"; VOY: "Flashback", "The Q and the Grey", "Revulsion", "The Raven", "Scientific Method", "Counterpoint", "Dark Frontier", "Equinox, Part II", "Endgame")

"Change (one's) mind" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; TNG: "Skin of Evil", "Samaritan Snare", "The Enemy")

"(A) change of scene" (TNG: "Home Soil")

"Checks and balances" (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")

"Check it out" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"Checkup" (TOS: "The Way to Eden")

"Chew(ed) (you) out" (TOS: "Friday's Child")

"Child's play" (TOS: "The Galileo Seven", "Spock's Brain")

"Chum" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

"Clean bill of health"

"Clean your own house" (DS9: "The Maquis, Part I")

"Clear the air" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Climb a tree" (TOS: "Errand of Mercy" [figurative]; TNG: "The Quality of Life"; DS9: "Meridian"; VOY: "Fair Haven" [literal])

"Climbing the walls" (TOS: "By Any Other Name"; DS9: "Captive Pursuit")

"Cloak-and-dagger (games)" (TOS: "Elaan of Troyius"; DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind" [figurative]; TOS: "Shore Leave" [literal])

"Close call" (TNG: "The Enemy")

"Close up" (TNG: "The Defector")

"Cloud the issue" (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold")

"Cold fish" (DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses")

"Come along" (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data", "Evolution", "The Most Toys")

"Come at" (TNG: "Booby Trap")

"Come in" (TNG: "The Naked Now", et al.)

"Come now" (TAS: "The Survivor")

"Come on" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, et al.)

"Come on in" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "11001001", "Time Squared")

"Come to blows" (TNG: "Captain's Holiday")

"Come to terms" (TNG: "The Last Outpost", "The Bonding", "Family", "A Matter of Time", "Bloodlines"; VOY: "Alliances"); "Coming to terms" (TNG: "Skin of Evil"; DS9: "Playing God"; VOY: "Child's Play")

"Coming apart at the seams" (TNG: "Evolution")

"Common ground" (TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease"; DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses", "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Cardassians"; VOY: "Nothing Human")

"Common knowledge" (TNG: "The Defector")

"Contradiction in terms"

"Cool head" (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom")

"Count on" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

"Course of action" (TOS: "Catspaw", "Mirror, Mirror", "The Tholian Web", "That Which Survives"; TAS: "Bem"; TNG: "The Outrageous Okona", "The Emissary", "The Ensigns of Command")

"Cover our tracks" (TNG: "Conspiracy")

"Credit to" (TNG: "Sins of the Father")

"Crown jewel" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"Crowning achievement" (TNG: "Sarek")

"Cry foul" (TNG: "The Price")

"Crystal clear" (TOS: "Arena", "The Mark of Gideon"; DS9: "Favor the Bold", "One Little Ship"; Star Trek Into Darkness)

"Cut and dry" (DS9: "Children of Time")

"Cut(ing) it (a bit) fine" (TOS: "The Apple")

"Cut(ting) (you) loose" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Dates back to" (TNG: "Sarek")

"Day after day" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"Dead ahead" (TAS: "The Time Trap"; TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease")

"Dead duck" (TOS: "Day of the Dove"; VOY: "Basics")

"Dead end" (TNG: "Lonely Among Us", "Too Short a Season", "Elementary, Dear Data")

"Dead in the water" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; VOY: "Night")

"Dead on" (TAS: "The Time Trap")

"Dead on arrival" (TNG: "The Bonding")

"Death trap" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"Dirty work" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TNG: "The Measure Of A Man"; DS9: "The Collaborator", "Tacking Into the Wind", "The Dogs of War")

"Discretion is the better part of valor" (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

"Display of force" (TOS: "The Tholian Web")

"Do (me) a favor" (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

"Doggone" (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

"Dole out" (TNG: "Ship in a Bottle")

"Done deal" (TNG: "The Royale", "Up The Long Ladder")

"Don't bet on it" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"Don't mention it" (TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield")

"Draw(ing) a line" (TOS: "Friday's Child")

"Draw(ing) lots" (TOS: "The Galileo Seven")

"Drop it" (TNG: "Code of Honor")

"Drop (my) guard" (TOS: "The Apple")

"Ducks in a row." (DS9: "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges")

"Duty calls" (TNG: "Haven")

"Easy mark" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye"; DS9: "Starship Down"))

"Eat (something) for breakfast" (TNG: "Booby Trap")

"Eat(ing) crow" (VOY: "Life Line")

"Either way" (TOS: "The Man Trap", et al.)

"Empty threat" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Most Toys")

"End in view" (TOS: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?")

"Even as we speak" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Even so" (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

"Even the score" (TOS: "Day of the Dove")

"Every now and then" (TNG: "The Offspring")

"Every time" (TNG: "The Defector")

"Excuse me" (TOS: "The Man Trap", et al.)

"Eye-opener" (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

"Face facts" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Face-to-face" (TAS: "The Pirates of Orion"; TNG: "Conspiracy", "The Outrageous Okona", "The Ensigns of Command", "The Hunted")

"Face up to (it)" (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

"Fair and impartial" (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

"Fall in love" (TNG: "The Survivors", "The Price"); "Fell in love" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"Fall on your shoulders" (TNG: "The Defector")

"Fare thee well" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Fast track" (TNG: "Pen Pals")

"Fair game'" (ENT: "Harbinger"; DS9: "Nor the Battle to the Strong")

"Fair play" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"Fair's fair" (TNG: "The Naked Now")

"Fibber" (TOS: "Miri")

"Fight to the death" (TNG: "Code of Honor")

"Fighting chance" (TOS: "The Galileo Seven", "Amok Time"; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"Fill in" (TNG: "The Price") "Fill in the blanks" ENT: "Carpenter Street", TNG: "Galaxy's Child", VOY: "Before and After"

"Fire away" (TOS: "Court Martial", "Spectre of the Gun"; VOY: "Twisted", "Fair Trade", "Year of Hell", "Nightingale")

"First hand" (TNG: "Home Soil", "Unnatural Selection", "The Outcast"; DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil"; VOY: "Jetrel", "Maneuvers", "Future's End", "Favorite Son", "Think Tank", "Q2")

"First of all" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "A Matter of Perspective")

"First things first" (TOS: "The Galileo Seven"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"Fish out of water" (VOY: "Equinox")

"Fish story" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Fits like a glove" (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

"Fit(ting) in" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"Five'll get you ten" (DS9: "Second Sight")

"Flesh and blood" (TOS: "Mudd's Women"; TNG: "Justice", "Peak Performance", "Who Watches The Watchers")

"Flight(s) of fancy" (DS9: "Improbable Cause"; VOY: "Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy")

"Fly by the seat of our pants" (TNG: "Galaxy's Child"; DS9: "The Siege")

"Fool's errand" (TNG: "Unification II"; DS9: "Second Skin", "Apocalypse Rising")

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." (TOS: "Friday's Child"; VOY: "Warhead")

"For a change" (TAS: "The Pirates of Orion", "The Counter-Clock Incident")

"For all to see" (TNG: "Code of Honor")

"For all we know" (TNG: "Sarek")

"For example" (TOS: "Space Seed", et al.)

"For (her) (own) sake" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"For instance" (TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"; TAS: "Beyond the Farthest Star"; TNG: "Loud As A Whisper", "Manhunt")

"For its own sake" (TNG: "Emissary")

"For my benefit" (TNG: "The Defector")

"For once" (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona", "Allegiance")

"For one thing" (TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion"; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"For sale" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"For shame" (TNG: "Hide and Q")

"For that matter" (TOS: "The Mark of Gideon"; TNG: "Deja Q")

"For the life of me" (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy")

"For the love of (heaven)" (TAS: "The Terratin Incident")

"For the moment" (TOS: "Catspaw", et al.)

"For the record" (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona", "Unnatural Selection", "The Ensigns of Command")

"For the time being" (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold")

"For your information" (TOS: "The Apple")

"For God's sake" (TNG: "Conspiracy", "Unnatural Selection")

"For what it's worth" (TNG: "The Survivors", "The Enemy")

"For whatever it's worth" (TOS: "The Empath")

"For (your) sake" (TOS: "Bread and Circuses"); "For (your) (own) sake" (TOS: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?")

"Foul play" (TNG: "The Vengeance Factor")

"Freak of nature" (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos")

"Fresh off the boat" (ENT: "Demons")

"Friendly fire"

"Frighten out of my wits" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

"From the floor" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"From the top" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"From time to time" (TNG: "Justice")

"Full circle" (TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease")

"Full of hot air" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

G - L Edit

"Gang up on (you)" (TOS: "Obsession")

"Garden variety" (VOY: "Fury")

"Get a grip on yourself" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Get a handle on" (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

"Get my hands on (someone/something)" (TOS: "Journey to Babel"; TAS: "The Practical Joker"; DS9: "Little Green Men", "In Purgatory's Shadow", et al.)

"Get on" (TAS: "The Survivor")

"Get on with it" (TNG: "Q Who", "Samaritan Snare")

"Get on with (the job)" (TOS: "Patterns of Force")

"Get out" (TOS: "Journey to Babel"; TNG: "The Vengeance Factor", "The High Ground")

"Get out of my hair' (TNG: "Shades of Gray")

"Get out of (my) way" (TNG: "Coming of Age")

"Get the hell out of here" (TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease", "The Price", "Deja Q")

"Get to the bottom of this" (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

"Get to the point" (TOS: "The Alternative Factor", et al.)

"Get to your feet" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"Get the idea" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action")

"Get up" (TNG: "The High Ground")

"Get your ears wet" (VOY: "Alter Ego")

"Give (me) a hand" (TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"Give the word" (DS9: "Strange Bedfellows")

"Give (Gave) up the ghost" (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark")

"Go ahead" (TOS: "The Lights of Zetar", et al.)

"Go away" (TAS: "The Ambergris Element"; TNG: "The Bonding")

"Go back" (TNG: "Heart of Glory", "The Survivors")

"Go down the tube" (TNG: "The Royale")

"Go downhill" (TNG: "Haven")

"Go easy on (her)" (TOS: "The Lights of Zetar")

"Go hand in hand" (TNG: "Pen Pals")

"Go on" (TAS: "Albatross", et al.)

"Go to bed" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Go to sleep" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Go to the devil" (TOS: "Day of the Dove")

"Go to your head" (TNG: "When The Bough Breaks")

"Gobbledygook" (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")

"God forbid" (TNG: "The Price")

"God knows" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; TNG: "The Enemy")

"Good afternoon" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "The Survivors")

"Good day" (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren"; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Good evening" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "Sarek")

"Good heaven" (TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth")

"Good God" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"Good Lord" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare", "Evolution", "Booby Trap")

"Good luck" (TOS: "The Lights of Zetar", et al.)

"Good morning" (TOS: "The Omega Glory", et al.)

"Good night" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "When The Bough Breaks", "A Matter of Perspective")

"Good to see you" (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy")

"Grand scheme" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"Grasping at straws" (TNG: "Contagion")

"Green thumb" (TNG: "Clues")

"Growing by leaps and bounds" (TNG: "The Schizoid Man")

"Gut feeling" (TNG: "Too Short a Season")

"Had my whole life ahead of me." (DS9: "Business as Usual")

"Ham-handed" (TOS: "Friday's Child")

"Hands-on" (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")

"Hang on" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Shades of Gray")

"Hard as nails" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Hard feelings" (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder")

"Has (you) under (his) thumb."

"(My) hat in my hand"

"Have a point" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Have a prayer" (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")

"Have a seat" (TNG: "The Defector", "Captain's Holiday")

"Have a word with (you)" (TOS: "The Deadly Years")

"Have (got) the brass"

"Have (got) your hands full" (TOS: "The Galileo Seven"; TNG: "Peak Performance"; DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses", "The Circle", "Whispers", "The Maquis, Part I", "The Adversary", and more; VOY: "Alliances", "Darkling", "Mortal Coil", "Equinox", "Dragon's Teeth", and more; ENT: "Fortunate Son", "Cold Front", "Fallen Hero", "The Breach", "First Flight", and more)

"Have it your way" (TNG: "The Vengeance Factor")

"Have no truck with" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun")

"Head on the block" (DS9: "Qpid")

"Head over heels" (VOY: "Revulsion")

"(One's) heart is in the right place" (DS9: "The Sword of Kahless", "Broken Link"; VOY: "Q2"

"Heart of the matter" (TOS: "I, Mudd", "The Mark of Gideon")

"Heaven forbid" (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah")

"Hell(-bent) for leather" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun"; TNG: "Tapestry")

"Hell of a time" (TNG: "Sarek")

"Hell to pay" (TNG: "Pen Pals")

"Here and now" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun"; TNG: "Evolution", "Hollow Pursuits"); "the here and now" (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

"Here and there" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Here goes" (TNG: "Shades of Gray", "Deja Q")

"Here you go" (TNG: "Emissary")

"High horse" (DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses")

"Hind end" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"Hired and fired" (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")

"Hired gun" (TNG: "The Price")

"Hit me" (TNG: "The Royale")

"Hit the brakes" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Hit the broad side of a barn" (TOS: "Patterns of Force")

"Hit the deck" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Hit the dirt" (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon")

"Holier than thou" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"Hold fast" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

"Hold on" (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom", "The Child", "The High Ground")

"Hold it" (TNG: "The Survivors")

"Holding the reins" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Home sweet home" (TNG: "Datalore"; DS9: "Field of Fire"; VOY: "The Chute"; ENT: "Desert Crossing")

"How on Earth" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"How the mighty have fallen" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"Hung up" (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command")

"Hustle and bustle" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"I am what I am" (TOS: "This Side of Paradise"); VOY: "Warhead")

"I am who (I say) I am"

"I don't care" (TNG: "The High Ground")

"I don't know."/"I do not know" (TNG: "The Royale", et al.)

"I don't understand"/"I do not understand" (TNG: "The Vengeance Factor" et al.)

"I mean" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"I see" (TOS: "Patterns of Force", et al.)

"Icing on the cake" (DS9: "Rules of Engagement")

"If and when" (TOS: "The Empath"; DS9: "Facets", "Our Man Bashir"; VOY: "Scorpion", "Night", "Endgame"

"If only" (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder")

"If so" (TNG: "The Last Outpost")

"If the shoe fits (wear it)" (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

"If you ask me" (TNG: "Manhunt", "Emissary", "Deja Q")

"If you like" (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy", et al.)

"If you please" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"If you will" (TAS: "The Survivor"; TNG: "The Schizoid Man", "A Matter of Perspective")

"If we play our cards right" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"I'll see you later" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"Ill-gotten goods" (VOY: "Fair Trade")

"Ill will" (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")

"In a flash" (TOS: "That Which Survives"; TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"In a manner of speaking" (TOS: "Amok Time", et al.)

"In a minute" (TOS: "The Omega Glory", "Spock's Brain", "Day of the Dove")

"In a moment" (TOS: "The Omega Glory", et al.); "In just a moment" (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")

"In a pig's eye" (TOS: "Amok Time")

"In a sense" (TOS: "A Private Little War"; TAS: "The Survivor"; TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

"In a vacuum" (TOS: "This Side of Paradise")

"In a way" (TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome"; TNG: "Justice", "The Price", "The Defector", "A Matter of Perspective")

"In abeyance" (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command")

"In accord" (TNG: "Justice")

"In action" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun"; TNG: "Hide and Q", "Angel One", "The Drumhead"; VOY: "Faces", "Alter Ego")

"In addition" (TNG: "Angel One", "A Matter of Perspective")

"In addition to" (TOS: "The Way to Eden"; TAS: "The Infinite Vulcan", "The Pirates of Orion")

"In advance" (TOS: "The Deadly Years", et al.)

"In advance of" (TOS: "The Changeling")

"In all probability" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"In any case" (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever", et al.)

"In any event" (TAS: "The Time Trap"; TNG: "Shades of Gray", "Allegiance")

"In awe of" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"In bad shape" (TNG: "Angel One", "The Enemy")

"In bed with" (DS9: "The Circle")

"In business" (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

"In case" (TOS: "Mudd's Women", et al.)

"In case of" (TOS: "The Changeling"; TNG: "Shades of Gray")

"In charge" (TNG: "The Royale")

"In charge of" (TNG: "The Price")

"In common" (TNG: "Loud As A Whisper", "The Ensigns of Command", "The Hunted", "Allegiance", "Tin Man", and more)

"In concert" (TNG: "Haven")

"In connection with" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"In control" (TNG: "Symbiosis"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"In custody" (TNG: "The Vengeance Factor")

"In defiance of" (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

"In dispute" (TAS: "The Pirates of Orion"; TNG: "Symbiosis")

"In doubt" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"In effect" (TOS: "The Man Trap", et al.)

"In error" (TOS: "The Galileo Seven", et al.)

"In essence" (TNG: "When The Bough Breaks")

"In exchange' (TNG: "Symbiosis", "Who Watches The Watchers")

"In exchange for" (TNG: "The Price", "Captain's Holiday")

"In existence" (TNG: "The Offspring", "The Most Toys")

"In fact" (TOS: "Metamorphosis", et al.)

"In fairness" (TNG: "Q Who")

"In favor" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TNG: "Code of Honor")

"In favor of" (TNG: "The Price", "The Offspring")

"In force" (TNG: "Conspiracy", "The Measure Of A Man", "The Defector")

"In full force" (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")

"In general" (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")

"In God's name" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"In good faith" (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command", "The Price")

"In good hands" (TOS: "Patterns of Force"; TAS: "The Infinite Vulcan"; TNG: "11001001", "Yesterday's Enterprise", "Hollow Pursuits")

"In good shape" (TOS: "The Lights of Zetar")

"In harmony" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"In heaven's name" (TAS: "The Practical Joker"; TNG: "Evolution")

"In high places" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"In honor of" (TNG: "A Matter Of Honor")

"In jeopardy" (TNG: "The Enemy")

"In layman's terms" (VOY: "Night"); "In simple terms" (TOS: "The Apple"; DS9: "The Alternate")

"In league with" (TNG: "Qpid"; DS9: "Statistical Probabilities", "When It Rains..."; DS9: "Heroes and Demons", "Bride of Chaotica!", "The Voyager Conspiracy", "Spirit Folk")

"In line" (TOS: "Mirror, Mirror")

"In love" (TOS: "The Lights of Zetar", et al.)

"In my corner" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"In my face" (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

"In my heart of hearts" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"In my opinion" (TOS: "The Changeling", et al.); "In my view" (TOS: "The Apple")

"In my place" (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

"In my right mind" (TNG: "The Battle")

"In my time" (TOS: "The Savage Curtain")

"In my way" (TNG: "Coming of Age")

"In no time" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

"In no uncertain terms" (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight", "Tacking Into the Wind")

"In no way" (TNG: "The Child")

"In one breath" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"In one piece" (TAS: "The Magicks of Megas-Tu"; Star Trek: The Motion Picture; TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom", "Evolution", "The Price", "The Loss", "Interface", and more; DS9: "Vortex", et al.)

"In operation" (TNG: "Home Soil")

"In orbit" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"In order" (TOS: "Catspaw", et al.)

"In order to" (TOS: "Patterns of Force", et al.)

"In other words" (TOS: "By Any Other Name", et al.)

"In our favor" (TOS: "The Doomsday Machine", "The Savage Curtain"; TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"In (our) hands" (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold")

"In (our) midst" (TAS: "The Practical Joker"; TNG: "Face of the Enemy"); "In (your) midst" (TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"); "In (the) midst" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun", "Plato's Stepchildren", "The Savage Curtain"; TAS: "Albatross"; TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Hide and Q", "Who Watches The Watchers", "Family", "The Chase", "The Pegasus"; VOY: "Alter Ego", "Unity", "The Killing Game"; ENT: "Storm Front"); "In (their) midst" (DS9: "Homefront")

"In over (our) heads" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"In particular" (TNG: "Conspiracy", "The Measure Of A Man")

"In perpetuity" (TNG: "The Price")

"In person" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, et al.)

"In place" (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before", et al.)

"In plain (non-Vulcan) English" (TOS: "The Doomsday Machine"; TNG: "Pen Pals")

"(Hide) in plain sight" (DS9: "For the Uniform"; VOY: "Tattoo", "Gravity")

"In possession" (TNG: "The High Ground")

"In private" (TNG: "Symbiosis", "We'll Always Have Paris", "Peak Performance", "A Matter of Perspective")

"In progress" (TOS: "Mudd's Women", et al.)

"In public" (TNG: "The Defector")

"In question" (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I", et al.)

"In reality" (TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris")

"In real time" (TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris")

"In reason" (TNG: "Hide and Q")

"In relation to" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"In retrospect" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"In return" (TNG: "When The Bough Breaks", "Who Watches The Watchers")

"In return for" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"In reverse" (TAS: "The Counter-Clock Incident")

"In series" (TAS: "Bem"; TNG: "Symbiosis")

"In session" (TOS: "Court Martial", "Space Seed"; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"In shape" (TNG: "Haven")

"In sight" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"In (someone's) own time" (TOS: "The Return of the Archons", "A Private Little War"; TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before", "Ethics"; DS9: "Life Support", "The Emperor's New Cloak")

"In (someone's) own way" (TOS: "A Private Little War", "The Ultimate Computer", "The Cloud Minders"; TAS: "The Terratin Incident", "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"; TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Loud As A Whisper", "Peak Performance", "Family", "Reunion", "Night Terrors")

"In spite of" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor", "The Ensigns of Command")

"In stock" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"In store (for them)" (TOS: "Assignment: Earth"); "In store (for us)" (TOS: "Day of the Dove", "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky")

"In strength" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

"In terms of (something)" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun"; TNG: "The Quality of Life", "Emergence"; Star Trek: Insurrection)

"In that case" (TOS: "Obsession", et al.)

"In that regard" (TNG: "Sins of the Father")

"In the case of" (TNG: "Code of Honor", "The Neutral Zone")

"In the clear" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"In the course of time" (TAS: "Yesteryear")

"In the dark" (TOS: "Patterns of Force", "Is There in Truth No Beauty?"; TNG: "Lonely Among Us", "Allegiance")

"In the end" (TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"; TNG: "Haven")

"In the event" (TOS: "The Galileo Seven", et al.)

"In the event of" (TNG: "The Offspring")

"In the face of" (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command")

"In the first place" (TOS: "The Galileo Seven", et al.)

"In the flesh" (TNG: "Manhunt"; VOY: "Ashes to Ashes"; ENT: "Detained")

"In the hands of (someone)" (TOS: "Charlie X"; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; TNG: "The Measure Of A Man", "Devil's Due", "Unification I"; DS9: "The Storyteller", et al.)

"In the hope that" (TNG: "The Royale")

"In the land of the living" (TNG: "Tin Man")

"In the least" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"In the light of" (TOS: "And the Children Shall Lead")

"In the line of fire" (VOY: "Scorpion"; ENT: "The Xindi")

"In the long term" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"In the manner of (the people)" (TOS: "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky")

"In the meantime" (TOS: "I, Mudd", et al.)

"In the middle" (TOS: "The Way to Eden"); "In the middle of" (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise", "Sins of the Father")

"In the name of" (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark", et al.)

"In the nick of time" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"In the open" (TNG: "Datalore")

"In the process" (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren")

"In the process of" (TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before")

"In the right place at the right time" (ENT: "Storm Front, Part II"; TNG: "The Most Toys"; DS9: "The Forsaken"; VOY: "Death Wish") / "The right time, the right place" (TNG: "All Good Things...")

"(In the) right place (at the) wrong time" (VOY: "Future's End")

"(We're) (all) in the same boat" (TNG: "Conundrum", "Time's Arrow"; VOY: "Demon")

"In the shadow of" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"In the way" (TNG: "Pen Pals", "Shades of Gray")

"In the wink of an eye" (TOS: "Wink of an Eye")

"In the wrong" (TAS: "The Survivor")

"In the wrong place and the wrong time" (VOY: "Time and Again", "Repentance")

"In (their) sights" (TNG: "The Last Outpost")

"In (their) view" (TNG: "Code of Honor")

"In theory" (TNG: "The Royale", "Time Squared")

"In time" (TOS: "A Private Little War", et al.)

"In touch" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; TNG: "The High Ground")

"In tow" (TNG: "The Defector")

"In transit" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"In trouble" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"In truth" (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")

"In turn" (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")

"In vain" (TNG: "The Child", "The Defector")

"In view of" (TOS: "Metamorphosis"; TAS: "The Counter-Clock Incident"; TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom")

"In your time" (TNG: "The Offspring")

"Inside and out" (TNG: "Booby Trap")

"Inside story" (TNG: "Booby Trap")

"It never rains, but it pours" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"It makes perfect sense" (ENT: "Exile", "Babel One"; DS9: "The Passenger", "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Indiscretion", "Body Parts", "His Way", "Treachery, Faith and the Great River", "Covenant"; DS9: "Human Error")

"It's a long story" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TNG: "A Matter of Perspective", "Time's Arrow, Part II", "Parallels"; DS9: "Defiant", "Heart of Stone", "Through the Looking Glass", "The Visitor", "Our Man Bashir", and more; VOY: "Caretaker", et al.)

"It's all right" (TOS: "By Any Other Name", "Plato's Stepchildren")

"It's the same dance, it's just a different tune." (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

"Join forces" (VOY: "Maneuvers", "Prey", "Dragon's Teeth"; ENT: "Storm Front, Part II", "United")

"Join hands" (DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Accession"

"Jumps down my throat" (TNG: "Sins of the Father")

"Junkyard dog" (DS9: "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang")

"Just a minute" (TOS: "Friday's Child"; TAS: "The Infinite Vulcan", "The Time Trap"); "Just a moment" (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow", et al.)

"Just in case" (TOS: "Arena", et al.)

"Just in time" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontierfk)

"Kangaroo court" (TOS: "Albatross")

"Keep at it" (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command")

"Keep back" (TNG: "The High Ground")

"Keep (someone's) eye on (something)" (TNG: "Datalore", "Heart of Glory"); TNG: "11001001"; TNG: "Too Short a Season") / "Had my eye on you" (DS9: "Necessary Evil") / "(Something) that everyone has their eye on." (ENT: "Acquisition"; DS9: "The Adversary"); "Keep an eye on" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"Keep(ing) a (pretty) close(r) eye on (something)" (ENT: "Harbinger", "Kir'Shara"; TNG: "Deja Q", "Homeward", "Q-Less"; DS9: "The Wire", "The Collaborator", "Second Skin", "Visionary", "In Purgatory's Shadow"; VOY: "Cold Fire", "Infinite Regress", "Think Tank", "Child's Play") / "Keep a sharp eye on (something)" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action")

"Keep in mind that" (TNG: "Hide and Q")

"Keep it under your hat"

"Keep my eye on the clock" (TOS: "Patterns of Force")

"Keep the home fires burning." (DS9: "Inquisition")

"(Keep) under lock and key." (TNG: "The Wounded"; VOY: "The Killing Game")

"Keep (your) nose clean" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Keep your place" (TNG: "Sins of the Father")

"Keeps you on your toes" (TNG: "Tin Man")

"Kick in our complacency" (TNG: "Q Who"); "Kick in the butt" (TNG: "Suspicions"); "Kick in the pants" (ENT: "The Breach"

"Kind of (a ring)" (TOS: "Friday's Child")

"Kindred spirit" (ENT: "Chosen Realm"; ST: "The Escape Artist"; TNG: "Data's Day"; VOY: "Equinox")

"Kingdom come" (TNG: "The Bonding")

"Kiss and make up" (ENT: "A Night in Sickbay")

"Knight in shining armor" (TAS: "Once Upon a Planet")

"Knock-down drag-outs" (TOS: "The Return of the Archons")

"Knock it off" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; TNG: "Booby Trap")

"Knock out" (TNG: "11001001")

"Knock your socks off." (ENT: "Marauders")

"Know...like the back of (my own) hand" (TNG: "Too Short a Season")

"Kook" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Lady killer"

"Lady Luck" (TNG: "Allegiance")

"Led by the nose" (TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth")

"Lead the way" (TNG: "Justice")

"Learn a thing or two" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Least of all" (TAS: "The Time Trap")

"Less than" (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command")

"Let her rip" (TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"; TNG: "The Enemy")

"Let nature take its course" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"Let it go" (TNG: "Where Silence Has Lease")

"Let's get down to business" (TNG: "The Price")

"Licked his boots" (DS9: "Playing God"), "Kissed her boots" (DS9: "You Are Cordially Invited")

"Like a bat out of hell" (TNG: "Booby Trap")

"Like hell" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"Like it or not" (TOS: "Elaan of Troyius"; TNG: "The Last Outpost")

"Likewise" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Naked Now")

"Link in a chain" (TOS: "By Any Other Name")

"Live (it) down" (TOS: "The Immunity Syndrome")

"Living legend" (TAS: "The Survivor"; Star Trek Generations; TNG: "The First Duty")

"Lock, stock, and barrel" (TNG: "The Royale")

"Long time" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"Look what cat dragged in" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Loosen (someone's) tongue" (DS9: "Rapture"; VOY: "Body and Soul")

"Los(ing) ground" (TOS: "The Apple"; VOY: "The Killing Game")

"Losing my shirt" (TNG: "The Royale"; DS9: "Crossfire")

"Lose our heads." (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver"); "Lose your head" (TOS: "I, Mudd")

"Lost (his) mind" (TOS: "The Alternative Factor")

"Lying in wait" (TAS: "The Practical Joker"; DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

M - R Edit

"Macho" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Made up (your) mind" (TAS: "The Pirates of Orion")

"Make a statement" (TOS: "The Deadly Years")

"Make head(s) (n)or tail(s) of (something)" (ENT: "Cold Front", "Regeneration"; TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "Heart of Glory", "The Chase", "Second Chances"; DS9: "The Abandoned", "Trials and Tribble-ations", "By Inferno's Light"; VOY: "State of Flux", "Nothing Human", "The Fight", "Equinox", "One Small Step")

"Make love' (TNG: "Justice")

"Make(s) no difference" (TOS: "The Conscience of the King", "Friday's Child", "Who Mourns for Adonais?", "Spectre of the Gun", and more; TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise"; Star Trek Nemesis; DS9: "Invasive Procedures", "Blood Oath", "The Sword of Kahless", "Call to Arms", "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang"; VOY: "Ex Post Facto", "Sacred Ground")

"Make no mistake" (TOS: "Friday's Child"; TNG: "True Q"; DS9: "The Darkness and the Light", "Valiant"; VOY: "Fair Trade", "Author, Author")

"Make way" (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")

"Make your point" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture; TNG: "Angel One"); "Made your point" (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles")

"Matter of fact" (TNG: "Angel One", "Manhunt")

"Matter of life and death" (TAS: "The Survivor")

"Matter of record" (TNG: "The Last Outpost")

"Meat and potatoes" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"Mental vegetable" (TOS: "Errand of Mercy", "The Deadly Years")

"Mince words" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

"Mind (your) own business" (TOS: "The Apple")

"Missing link" (TNG: "The Vengeance Factor")

"Mission accomplished" (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold")

"Mixed feelings" (TNG: "The Child")

"More than meets the eye" (TNG: "Aquiel"; DS9: "Dax", "The Siege", "The Alternate"; VOY: "Once Upon a Time")

"Most of all" (TNG: "Code of Honor")

"Move away" (TNG: "Datalore")

"Move on" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Move out" (TNG: "The Naked Now")

"Multitude of sins" (TOS: "Patterns of Force")

"My curiosity is bigger than my appetite" (DS9: "Meridian")

An apparent variation of "have eyes bigger than one's stomach"

"My foot" (TAS: "The Time Trap")

"My god" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, et al.)

"My goodness" (TOS: "Patterns of Force"; TNG: "The Child")

"My home is your home." (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos"); "This house is your house" (TOS: "The Apple")

"My lips are sealed" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"My word" (TNG: "Sarek")

"My pleasure" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"Nail(ed) down" (TOS: "Day of the Dove")

"(This) neck of the woods" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Nervous wreck" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Never mind" (TOS: "Patterns of Force", et al.)

"Nice to meet you" (TNG: "The Offspring")

"Night owl" (DS9: "Playing God"; VOY: "Demon")

The Night Owl was also a cafe on Earth.

"No comment" (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow")

"No doubt" (TOS: "Elaan of Troyius", et al.)

"No doubt about it" (TNG: "Tin Man")

"No go" (TOS: "The Way to Eden"; TNG: "Contagion")

"No good" (TAS: "The Pirates of Orion")

"No less" (TNG: "Emissary")

"No longer" (TNG: "Emissary")

"No matter" (TOS: "Journey to Babel", et al.)

"No matter how" (TOS: "The Deadly Years")

"No matter what" (TOS: "Patterns of Force"; TNG: "Home Soil")

"No more" (TAS: "One of Our Planets Is Missing", et al.)

"No more Mister Nice Guy" (DS9: "Playing God")

"No need" (TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before")

"No problem" (TOS: "A Private Little War", et al.)

"No sweat" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action")

"No way' (TAS: "The Magicks of Megas-Tu" et. al)

"No-win situation" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TNG: "Thine Own Self"; VOY: "Learning Curve"

"None of (someone's) business" (TNG: "The Battle", "Coming of Age")

"Not a chance" (TOS: "Metamorphosis"; TNG: "Emissary")

"Not a word" (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

"Not at all" (TNG: "Lonely Among Us", et al.)

"Not half as" (TNG: "The Battle")

"Not have a clue" (TOS: "The Deadly Years"; TNG: "Q Who"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Not hold water" (TOS: "The Alternative Factor")

"(Not) hurt a fly" (Star Trek Generations)

"Not move a muscle" (TOS: "Friday's Child")

"Not much" (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon"; TNG: "The Price")

"Not so fast" (TOS: "The Mark of Gideon")

"Not to worry" (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom")

"Nothing to write home about" (TNG: "The Last Outpost")

"Now hear this" (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

"Now or never" (TOS: "All Our Yesterdays")

"Odds and ends" (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark")

"Of a sort" (TOS: "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky")

"Of age" (TNG: "Heart of Glory")

"Of all people" (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

"Of all things" (TAS: "Once Upon a Planet")

"Of all time" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Of course" (TOS: "The Cage", et al.)

"Of course not" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture; TNG: "The Neutral Zone", "A Matter Of Honor", "Peak Performance", "The Enemy", "A Matter of Perspective")

"Of interest" (TNG: "The Last Outpost")

"Of late" (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren")

"Of sorts" (TOS: "All Our Yesterdays")

"Of the essence" (TOS: "The Doomsday Machine")

"Off balance" (TNG: "Too Short a Season")

"Off limits' (TNG: "Skin of Evil")

"Off the beaten path" (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

"Off the deep end" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Off the hook" (TOS: "The Enterprise Incident")

"Off the record" (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"; TNG: "Booby Trap")

"Oh my God" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, et al.); "Oh, my gosh" (TOS: "Assignment: Earth")

"Oh well" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Old hat" (ENT: "Broken Bow")

"On account of" (TNG: "Manhunt", "Evolution")

"On and off" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun")

"On behalf of" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; TNG: "Code of Honor", "The Hunted", "Sarek")

"On board" (TNG: "A Matter Of Honor", et al.)

"On course" (TAS: "The Pirates of Orion", et al.)

"On death's doorstep." (ENT: "A Night in Sickbay")

"On duty" (TNG: "The Offspring", "Hollow Pursuits")

"On edge" (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

"On file" (TNG: "Booby Trap", "Captain's Holiday")

"On (very) good terms" (DS9: "The Alternate"; VOY: "Tattoo", "The Killing Game", "Someone to Watch Over Me"); "On the best of terms" (TNG: "Inheritance"; DS9: "Improbable Cause"; VOY: "Prey")

"On hand" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun"; TNG: "The Battle")

"On hold" (TNG: "Home Soil")

"On ice" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action"; TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"On leave" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"On my behalf" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"On my mind" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"On my nerves" (TNG: "Manhunt", "Deja Q")

"On my own account" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"On my part" (TNG: "Peak Performance"); "On our part" (TNG: "Evolution")

"On (my) way" (TNG: "The Battle", "Emissary", et al.); "On the way" (TNG: "When The Bough Breaks", "The Survivors"); "On his way" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor"); "On its way" (TNG: "Emissary")

"On record" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture; TNG: "The Battle")

"On report" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits", "Sarek")

"On schedule" (TOS: "The Empath", et al.)

"On (someone's) own time" (DS9: "One Little Ship"; VOY: "Timeless", "Alice")

"On the board" (TOS: "Balance of Terror", "Bread and Circuses", "Obsession"; TNG: "Hide and Q")

"On the bum" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"On the clock" (TNG: "The Defector")

"On the contrary" (TOS: "The Deadly Years", et al.)

"On the cuff" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"On the double" (TOS: "The Apple", et al.)

"On the edge" (TOS: "The Savage Curtain")

"On the hot seat" (TOS: "Operation -- Annihilate!")

"On the house' (TNG: "Manhunt")

"On the job" (TOS: "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky")

"On the level" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action")

"On the line" (TNG: "Peak Performance", "Evolution")

"On the nose." (TOS: "Dagger of the Mind"; TNG: "Datalore")

"On the order of" (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")

"On the one hand...on the other hand" (TOS: "Assignment: Earth")

"On the order of" (TAS: "The Counter-Clock Incident")

"On the other hand" (TOS: "Court Martial", et al.)

"On the part of" (TAS: "Yesteryear"; TNG: "Conspiracy")

"On the record" (TAS: "The Time Trap")

"On the safe side" (TNG: "Skin of Evil")

"On the scene" (TNG: "Sins of the Father")

"On the spot" (TOS: "The Mark of Gideon")

"On the surface" (TOS: "Obsession")

"On the table" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"On the way" (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon"; TNG: "A Matter Of Honor"); "On (my) way" (TNG: "Too Short a Season")

"On the whole" (TOS: "Spock's Brain"; VOY: "Prime Factors")

"On (their) (own) terms" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun")

"On time" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture; TNG: "Manhunt", "The Price", "Hollow Pursuits")

"On your feet" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"On (your) mind" (TOS: "Journey to Babel", et al.); "On (his) mind" (TOS: "The Deadly Years")

"On (your) toes" (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark"); "On (our) toes' (TOS: "Friday's Child")

"On (your) part" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"On (your) way" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"Once and for all" (TOS: "Patterns of Force", "The Mark of Gideon"; TNG: "The Measure Of A Man", "The Icarus Factor")

"Once in a while" (TNG: "Unnatural Selection")

"One at a time" (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona")

"One by one" (TOS: "Spock's Brain", "That Which Survives")

"One moment, please" (TNG: "Justice")

"One of a kind" (TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield")

"One of the boys" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"One way or another" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "The Price"); "One way or the other" (TNG: "Home Soil", "Symbiosis", "The Measure Of A Man")

"Open mind" (TNG: "The Offspring")

"Open your mind to" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

"Out in the open" (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder")

"Out of action" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun")

"Out of breath" (TNG: "Justice")

"Out of circulation" (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

"Out of control" (TAS: "The Survivor", et al.)

"Out of date" (TNG: "The Neutral Zone", "Future Imperfect", "Relics", et al.)

"Out of favor" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Out of hand" (TNG: "Q Who")

"Out of line" (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

"Out of my mind" (TNG: "The Neutral Zone", "Up The Long Ladder")

"Out of my way" (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

"Out of nowhere" (TNG: "Time Squared")

"Out of order" (TOS: "The Mark of Gideon", "The Savage Curtain"; TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"Out of place" (TOS: "Mirror, Mirror")

"Out of practice" (TNG: "Haven"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Out of sight, out of mind" (VOY: "Night")

"Out of sorts" (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren"; TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Out of style" (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

"Out of the goodness of (your) heart" (TNG: "Hide and Q")

"Out of the ordinary" (TOS: "The Deadly Years"; TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Out of the question" (TOS: "The Alternative Factor", et al.)

"Out of their hands" (TNG: "The Schizoid Man")

"Out of the way" (TNG: "Time Squared", "Manhunt")

"(Out of) (into) thin air" (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday"; TNG: "Contagion", "Remember Me", "Time's Arrow, Part II"; DS9: "Little Green Men", "Covenant"; VOY: "Caretaker", "Time and Again", "Maneuvers", "Deadlock", et al.)

"Out of time" (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

"Out of touch" (TAS: "The Infinite Vulcan"; TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

"Out of your head" (TOS: "Bread and Circuses"); "Out of your heads" (TOS: "The Savage Curtain"); "Out of (your) mind" (TOS: "The Man Trap", et al.); "Out of (my) mind" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Out of (someone's) league" (ENT: "The Aenar"; TNG: "Q Who", "Samaritan Snare", "Sarek", "The Nth Degree"; VOY: "Counterpoint")

"Out on a limb" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; TNG: "Suspicions"; DS9: "Tears of the Prophets"; ENT: "The Council")

"Over and over again" (TNG: "Evolution", "The Survivors")

"Pardon me" (TNG: "The Price")

"Pass up" (TOS: "The Immunity Syndrome", "Spectre of the Gun")

"Pat on the back" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; ENT: "Storm Front, Part II")

"(A) pat on the head and a fistful of empty promises." (DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak")

"Pave(d) the way for (something)" (TNG: "Face of the Enemy"; DS9: "Past Tense, Part I"; VOY: "Living Witness", "One Small Step")

"Pay a call" (TNG: "Symbiosis")

"Pay (someone's) respects" (TOS: "The Deadly Years"; DS9: "The Collaborator", "Ferengi Love Songs"; VOY: "One Small Step")

"Pay the price" (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos", et al.)

"Pep talk" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture; VOY: "Riddles")

"Piece by piece" (TNG: "The Survivors")

"Piece of cake" (TAS: "Beyond the Farthest Star")

"Piece of the action" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action")

"Pitch black" (VOY: "The Haunting of Deck Twelve")

"Play(ing) a hunch" (TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion"); "Play a hunch" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action")

"Playing it safe" (TNG: "Evolution")

"Plus or minus" (TAS: "Mudd's Passion")

"Point of no return" (TOS: "Who Mourns for Adonais?")

"Point of view" (TOS: "Metamorphosis", et al.)

"Poppycock" (TOS: "Friday's Child", "The Omega Glory", "The Savage Curtain")

"Pull(ing) (some) strings" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action"; TNG: "Ensign Ro", "Gambit, Part I"; DS9: "Visionary", "Profit and Lace", "Take Me Out to the Holosuite"; VOY: "Unimatrix Zero"; ENT: "Countdown")

"Pulling (someone's) leg" (ENT: "Silent Enemy", "Stigma", "United"; TNG: "11001001"; VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy")

"Purring like a kitten" (DS9: "Second Sight"); "Purring like happy kittens" (TAS: "The Terratin Incident"); "If (he) were a kitten, he'd be purring." (TNG: "Ménage à Troi")

"Put a face on (something)" (Star Trek: Insurrection)

"Put it out of your head" (TNG: "Q Who")

"Put me out to pasture"

"Put (someone) out of (their) misery" (DS9: "Invasive Procedures", "Distant Voices", "The Magnificent Ferengi", "Far Beyond the Stars"; VOY: "Year of Hell")

"Race against the clock" (DS9: "Valiant")

"Raise our voice" (TNG: "The Survivors")

"Raise some eyebrows" (DS9: "Emissary")

"Raise your hand" (TNG: "Conspiracy")

"Red herring" (ENT: "Stratagem")

"Reset the clock" (TNG: "Clues")

"Rest in peace" (TNG: "Conspiracy", "The Royale")

"Rich beyond the dreams of avarice"

"Ride herd on (it)" (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark")

"Riffraff" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare")

"Right away" (TNG: "Skin of Evil", et al.)

"Right down (your) alley" (ENT: "Horizon"; TOS: "Metamorphosis")

"(Right) here and now" (TOS: "The Gamesters of Triskelion")

"Right now" (TNG: "Home Soil", et al.)

"Right on" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Right on time" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Ring a bell" (TNG: "The Schizoid Man")

"Rise to the occasion" (DS9: "Valiant")

"Risk his neck" (TOS: "The Galileo Seven")

"Roll out the red carpet" (DS9: "Statistical Probabilities"; ENT: "Desert Crossing")

"Rolls off the tongue" (DS9: "The Forsaken")

"Run of (bad) luck" (TNG: "The Royale"; DS9: "Move Along Home", "Rivals"; VOY: "Day of Honor")

"Run of the mill" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"; VOY: "Basics, Part I")

"Run(ning) a temperature" (TNG: "The Naked Now")

"Running on adrenaline" (TNG: "Heart of Glory")

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"Same difference" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"Save his own neck" (DS9: "The Magnificent Ferengi")

"Save your breath" (TNG: "Captain's Holiday")

"Scapegoat" (DS9: "Life Support"; ENT: "Shadows of P'Jem")

"Scared to death" (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren"; TNG: "Where No One Has Gone Before")

"Second hand" (TNG: "The Battle")

"See eye to eye" (ENT: "North Star"; DS9: "Paradise Lost", "Sons and Daughters", "The Reckoning", "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"; VOY: "Investigations", "Barge of the Dead")

"See you" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"See you later" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"Seeing is believing" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"See(ing) things" (TOS: "Shore Leave")

"Sense of humor" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun")

"Shade(s) of gray"

"Shame on you" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"Shoot off (their) mouth" (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun") "Shooting blanks" (Star Trek: First Contact)

"Shoot(ing) in the dark" (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos")

"Shore up" (TNG: "The Masterpiece Society"; DS9: "Captive Pursuit"; VOY: "Hunters", "Extreme Risk")

"Shotgun wedding" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"Shut my mouth" (TNG: "The Royale")

"Shut up" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"Sick to death of (something)" (TOS: "Journey to Babel"; TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")

"Silver tongue" (TNG: "The Wounded")

"Sing(ing) a different tune" (TOS: "Catspaw")

"Sink(s) in" (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren")

"Sit down" (TNG: "Justice", et al.)

"Sitting duck" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"Sleight of hand" (TNG: "The High Ground")

"Slept with" (ST: "The Escape Artist"; DS9: "Penumbra", "What You Leave Behind")

"Slime" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Slip of the tongue" (TOS: "The Deadly Years"; TNG: "Code of Honor"; DS9: "Invasive Procedures", "The Maquis, Part I", "Heart of Stone")

"Slip out" (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

"Slipped my mind" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"Slow down" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Snake eyes" (TNG: "The Royale")

"Snoot full" (TNG: "The Naked Now", "Manhunt")

"So be it" (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder"; TNG: "Haven", "Evolution", "Deja Q")

"So far" (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder", et al.)

"So help me" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

"So to speak" (ENT: "Zero Hour"; TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver", "The Trouble with Tribbles", "The Paradise Syndrome"; DS9: "Invasive Procedures"; VOY: "Learning Curve", "Revulsion", "Ashes to Ashes", "Flesh and Blood")

"Son of a ..." (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; TNG: "Family")

"Sooner or later" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom", "The Measure Of A Man", "Pen Pals")

"Sort of" (TOS: "Journey to Babel")

"Sound of wind and limb" (TOS: "Charlie X")

"Sour stomach" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Spare the rod and spoil the child" (TNG: "The Offspring")

"Speak of the devil" (ENT: "Stigma"; TAS: "More Tribbles, More Troubles"; TNG: "Dark Page"; VOY: "Macrocosm", "In the Flesh")

"Speak the same language" (ENT: "Dear Doctor"; TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever"; TNG: "The Enemy"; VOY: "Workforce") / "Talk the same language" (DS9: "Move Along Home")

"Spit and polish" (ENT: "Minefield"; TOS: "Journey to Babel")

"Spit and bailing wire" (ENT: "The Forgotten")

"Spit it out" (TNG: "The Schizoid Man"; DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Resurrection")

"Split second" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"Spring chicken" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Stab (me) in the back" (TOS: "The Deadly Years")

"Stand back" (TOS: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", "The Alternative Factor", "The Apple", "Bread and Circuses"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; TNG: "Home Soil", "The Child", "Allegiance"...)

"Stand by" (TOS: "The Man Trap", et al.)

"Stand on ceremony" (TNG: "Conspiracy")

"Stake out a claim" (TOS: "The Apple")

"Stat" (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

"State of mind" (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder"; TAS: "The Lorelei Signal"; TNG: "Evolution")

"State of the art" (TNG: "Lonely Among Us", "The Arsenal of Freedom")

"Stay on top of (it)" (TOS: "The Apple")

"Steady on"

"Step by step" (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

"Step on it" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Stick in (his) craw" (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder")

"Stick (your) neck out" (DS9: "Crossover"; ENT: "Cease Fire")

"Stick your (Vulcan) nose up at (these)" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Stick your tail between your legs and run" (ENT: "Fight or Flight")

"Strip it down" (TNG: "The Defector")

"Strong suit" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"Such as" (TNG: "The Enemy")

"Sure as hell" (ENT: "Cold Front", "Stigma", "Judgment", "The Expanse", "The Xindi", "Exile"; TNG: "Power Play"; Star Trek: First Contact; DS9: "Captive Pursuit", "Armageddon Game", "Whispers", "Rapture"; VOY: "Hope and Fear")

"Swallow (one's) tongue" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"Sweep it under the rug" (TOS: "Court Martial")

"Swim in" (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

"Tag along" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

"Take a break" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Take a gander" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Take a powder" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"Take a seat" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"Take advantage of" (TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth")

"Take into account" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"Take it easy' (TOS: "The Man Trap", et al.)

"Take it to heart" (TNG: "Q Who")

"Take (my) word" (TOS: "I, Mudd", "Metamorphosis")

"Take (my) chances" (TOS: "The Apple")

"Take over" (TNG: "The Battle")

"Talk shop" (TOS: "Court Martial")

"Tell it to Sweeney and the Marines" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Tell me" (TNG: "The Most Toys")

"Thank God" (TOS: "Patterns of Force", et al.); "Thank heavens" (TOS: "The Omega Glory")

"Thank you" (TOS: "The Cage", et al.)

"That tears it" (TAS: "Bem")

"That will be the day" (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

"That's all" (TNG: "Shades of Gray", "The Survivors", "A Matter of Perspective", "The Most Toys")

"That's all right" (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren"; TNG: "The Child")

"That's right" (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")

"That's the beauty of" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"That's the ticket" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

"The best defense is a (strong) offense" (TOS: "The Empath")

"The clock is ticking" (DS9: "Inquisition"; VOY: "Demon")

"(Out of) the doghouse" (DS9: "Prodigal Daughter")

"The fact is" (TOS: "I, Mudd")

"The fact of the matter" (TNG: "Evolution")

"The fat is in the fire." (TOS: "Elaan of Troyius") / "The haggis is in the fire" (TOS: "A Taste of Armageddon")

In the episode, McCoy uses the future tense of this idiom - "the fat will be in the fire".

"The good life" (TNG: "Justice")

"The inside track" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"The last word" (TOS: "I, Mudd", "Journey to Babel")

"The lesser of two evils" (TOS: "Patterns of Force")

"The letter of the law" (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")

"The next thing I knew" (TOS: "The Omega Glory"); "The next thing I know" (TNG: "Sarek")

"The other side of the coin" (TOS: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?")

"The promised land" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"The same old story" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"The spitting image" (TNG: "The Neutral Zone")

"The spirit of the law" (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")

"The status quo" (TOS: "A Private Little War", et al.)

"The thing is" (TOS: "By Any Other Name")

"The top dog" (TOS: "Errand of Mercy", "Mirror, Mirror")

"(The) whole ball of wax" (TOS: "A Piece of the Action")

"The whole galaxy" (TOS: "Charlie X", "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", "Mirror, Mirror", "I, Mudd", "The Mark of Gideon"; TAS: "The Slaver Weapon"; DS9: "Vortex")

"The whole idea" (TNG: "Home Soil"; DS9: "His Way"; VOY: "Mortal Coil")

"(The) whole kit and caboodle"

"The whole picture" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; VOY: "Shattered")

"The whole point" (ENT: "Broken Bow"; TNG: "The Last Outpost", "Elementary, Dear Data"; DS9: "The Wire", "Fascination", "Past Tense, Part I", "Rejoined", "For the Cause", "You Are Cordially Invited", "Far Beyond the Stars", "Chrysalis", "Covenant"; VOY: "Emanations", "Alter Ego", "Real Life", "Good Shepherd", "Prophecy")

"The whole (damn) quadrant" (DS9: "Broken Link"; VOY: "Prophecy", "Author, Author")

"The whole story" (TNG: "The Survivors"; DS9: "Necessary Evil", "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"; VOY: "Unforgettable", "Spirit Folk", et al.)

"The whole thing" (TOS: "The Alternative Factor", et al.)

"The whole time" (TNG: "Violations", et al.)

"The (whole) works" (TOS: "Court Martial"; TNG: "The Big Goodbye"; DS9: "Return to Grace", "Far Beyond the Stars")

"The whole world" (VOY: "11:59", "Body and Soul")

"The whole universe" (TOS: "The Cage", "Charlie X", "The Menagerie, Part II", "The Enterprise Incident")

"There you go" (TNG: "Evolution")

"Thereby hangs a tale" (TOS: "I, Mudd")

"Those were the days" (TAS: "The Magicks of Megas-Tu")

"Throw caution to the wind" (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights"); "Let's throw the Prime Directive to the winds" (TNG: "The Perfect Mate")

"Throw for a loop" (TNG: "The Schizoid Man")

"Throw (him) to the wolves" (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold")

"Thrown down the gauntlet" (TNG: "Emissary")

"Tiger by the tail" (TOS: "Day of the Dove")

"Time after time" (TAS: "The Infinite Vulcan")

"Time and time again" (TNG: "The Survivors")

"Time is of the essence" (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder"; TNG: "Emissary")

"Time flies when you're having fun" (TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris")

"Tin god" (TOS: "This Side of Paradise")

"Tip of your tongue" (TNG: "Attached"; VOY: "Year of Hell", "11:59")

"Tissue of lies" (TOS: "The Mark of Gideon")

"To a fine art" (TOS: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?")

"To be exact" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"To be honest" (TNG: "The Price", "The Hunted")

"To boot" (TOS: "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky")

"To coin a phrase" (TOS: "Who Mourns for Adonais?")

"To date" (TAS: "Bem"; TNG: "Loud As A Whisper", "The Defector", "The Hunted")

"To each his own" (TNG: "Haven", "Captain's Holiday")

"To hell with" (TNG: "Tin Man")

"To make a long story short" (DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite", "Strange Bedfellows")

"To say the least" (TNG: "Up The Long Ladder")

"To that effect" (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")

"To the best of my ability" (TNG: "The Offspring")

"To the contrary" (TOS: "The Way to Eden"; TNG: "Evolution")

"To the last" (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command")

"To the letter" (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I"; TNG: "The Most Toys")

"To the point" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Tongue tied" or "Tongue-tied" (TNG: "Sarek"; DS9: "The Storyteller")

"Touch and go" (TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield": DS9: "The Way of the Warrior"; VOY: "Vis à Vis", "Q2")

"Tough guy" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Trial run" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

"Turn back the clock" (VOY: "Retrospect", "Once Upon a Time", "Flesh and Blood")

"Turning tail (and running)" (TOS: "Elaan of Troyius"; VOY: "Dark Frontier")

"Under consideration" (TOS: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield")

"Under control" (TNG: "Heart of Glory", "The Dauphin", "Pen Pals", "Manhunt", "Evolution")

"Under no circumstances" (TAS: "Bem")

"Under normal circumstances" (TNG: "The Enemy")

"Under pressure" (TNG: "The Price")

"Under protest" (TNG: "The Battle")

"Under the circumstances" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye", "The Measure Of A Man", "Time Squared", "Manhunt"); "Under these circumstances" (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")

"Under the table" (TOS: "By Any Other Name")

"Up and running" (TNG: "Booby Trap")

"Up to date" (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

"Up to my neck" (TNG: "The Game")

"Up to speed" (TNG: "Samaritan Snare", "Hollow Pursuits")

"Very well' (TNG: "Peak Performance" et al.)

"Wait a minute" (TOS: "I, Mudd", et al.); "Wait a second" (TNG: "Coming of Age", "The Enemy", "Sins of the Father", "Captain's Holiday")

"Waiting on me hand and foot" (TNG: "Shades of Gray")

"Warning shot" (TNG: "The Survivors")

"Wasting your breath" (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")

"Watch out" (TNG: "Peak Performance")

"Watch your back" (TNG: "Conspiracy")

"Watch your tongue" (TOS: "I, Mudd"; DS9: "Past Prologue"; VOY: "Alliances", "Darkling")

"Watching the store" (TOS: "The Enemy Within"); "Mind the store" (TOS: "Amok Time", "The Gamesters of Triskelion"); "Minding the store" (VOY: "Tsunkatse")

"Way to go" (TNG: "Sarek")

"Wear (it) well" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Well done" (TNG: "Booby Trap", "The Enemy", "The Vengeance Factor", "Sins of the Father", "Allegiance")

"Well in hand" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"What (in) the hell" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture et al.)

"What in the world" (TAS: "Albatross")

"What the devil" (TOS: "The Cage", et al.)

"What's cooking" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"What's the matter" (TNG: "The Vengeance Factor")

"Where the devil" (TOS: "The Lights of Zetar", "The Savage Curtain")

"Whip her into shape" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

"Who the devil" (TAS: "The Practical Joker")

"Whoa" (TNG: "11001001", "The Outrageous Okona", "Samaritan Snare", "Evolution", "Booby Trap", and more)

"Why not" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"Why the devil" (TNG: "Conspiracy")

"Wild goose chase" (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")

"With all due respect" (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; TNG: "The Price", "The Vengeance Factor", "The Hunted", "Yesterday's Enterprise")

"With our bare hands" (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

"With pleasure" (TAS: "More Tribbles, More Troubles"; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris", "Booby Trap", "A Matter of Perspective")

"With respect" (TNG: "The Enemy")

"With the best of them" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"With (their) eyes closed" (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

"Wolf in sheep's clothing" (VOY: "In the Flesh")

"Wolf in the fold" (TOS: "Wolf in the Fold")

"Work up a sweat" (TNG: "11001001")

"Would you care to join me" (TNG: "Manhunt")

"Wow" (TNG: "The Naked Now", "The Arsenal of Freedom")

"Wrote the book on" (TNG: "Booby Trap"); "Write the book on" (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

"Yeah" (TNG: "Deja Q")

"You bet" (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; TNG: "Shades of Gray")

"You cannot tarnish a rusted blade" (TNG: "Firstborn")

"You name it" (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command")

"You see" (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

"You're on" (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

"(Your) goose is cooked" (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

"Your guess is as good as mine" (TOS: "That Which Survives"; DS9: "Invasive Procedures"; ENT: "The Catwalk", "Canamar")

"(Your) lucky day" (TOS: "Assignment: Earth")

"Your wish is my command" (TNG: "The Naked Now")

Popular idioms Edit

A black cloud hanging over your head Edit

A black cloud or dark cloud was an indication of a gloomy day, and anyone associated with a black cloud, especially one hanging over someone's head, was said to be having a bad day.

"It's like this big, black cloud with lots of thunder and lightning all around us."

"Just follow the black cloud"

"The only dark cloud I see around here is you."

"A black cloud hanging over (your) head"

Bad taste in (someone's) mouth Edit

Something that tastes so bad that it may cause nausea. (TOS: "The Naked Time"; DS9: "Field of Fire")

Between a rock and a hard place Edit

Referred to someone who was in a situation where they could choose between two alternatives, and neither of them were acceptable.

In 1986, Bob Briggs told Gillian Taylor, they were in such a position regarding the fate of George and Gracie, explaining "If we can't keep them here without risking their lives. We can't let them go without a taking the same chance." (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

Bird in a gilded cage Edit

To be a bird in a gilded cage was to live in luxury without freedom.

In 2268, Kirk described the crew of the USS Enterprise on the planet Mudd as birds in a gilded cage and asked how they could escape, to which Pavel Chekov replied that he had no ideas but that it was a very nice gilded cage. Kirk reminded everyone that despite it containing their deepest desires, it was a cage nonetheless and that they belonged back on the Enterprise. (TOS: "I, Mudd")

Black and white Edit

To be "black and white" was for something to be either one thing or another, with no in between. The term was also related to another idiom, "cut and dry", and was the opposite of "a shade of gray".

Break the ice Edit

To "break the ice" meant to introduce conversation or small talk into an awkward situation.

  • In 2151, Captain Jonathan Archer called a planned dinner with Vulcan Captain Vanik, he described the event as a "good way to break the ice." (ENT: "Breaking the Ice")
  • In 2171, The Doctor changed his program so that he would no longer say "Please state the nature of the medical emergency" when activated. When Kes discovered that he changed it back, and asked why, The Doctor explained that "I became so uncomfortable trying to find new ways to break the ice, as it were, that I restored it. Let's just say it works for me." (VOY: "Tattoo")

Burning the midnight oil Edit

Referred to what one did when they stayed up late at night to work or study. (VOY: "Waking Moments", "Pathfinder")

In 2143, A.G. Robinson, who got to be the first Human to test the NX-Alpha test vehicle, told Jonathan Archer that he didn't get this assignment because he tried too hard, "burning the midnight oil" in the simulator eighteen to twenty hours a day. (ENT: "First Flight")

In 2376, Captain Kathryn Janeway, who was working very late one night in the mess hall, told Neelix that she was "just burning the midnight oil", to which Neelix replied that it was way past midnight. (VOY: "Fair Haven")

In an alternate timeline in 2364, Captain Jean-Luc Picard ordered Miles O'Brien to bypass the secondary plasma inducer, which required O'Brien to realign the entire power grid, stating "we're all going to be burning the midnight oil on this one." Data, who overheard O'Brien, told him that that would be inadvisable because any "attempt to ignite a petroleum product on this ship at 0:00 hours [would] activate the fire suppression system." (TNG: "All Good Things...")

Can't see the forest for the trees Edit

Referred to one was so caught up in small details that they were not able to see the bigger picture.

In 2373, Miles O'Brien felt he hadn't been able to see the forest for the trees when it was Rom who explained to him that the modifications that he had been making to equipment on Deep Space 9 on the orders of a Pah-wraith that had possessed his wife were designed to turn the station into a chroniton array aimed at the Bajoran wormhole, one which could kill the Prophets. (DS9: "The Assignment")

Cat and mouseEdit

In 2267, Spock described Trelane's repositioning of the planet Gothos so that it was always in front of the USS Enterprise's flight path as a "cat-and-mouse game," Kirk adding that they were the mouse. (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos") / (TOS: "Friday's Child"; TAS: "Once Upon a Planet"; VOY: "Equinox, Part II")

Caught with one's pants downEdit

Referring to being found in the act of doing something which left one in an embarrassing position.

In 2285, James T. Kirk characterized his having been trapped by Khan Noonien Singh as having been caught with his britches down, a fact he attributed to his own supposed senility. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

In 2366, Geordi La Forge opined that Romulan defector Alidar Jarok was correct about Romulan activity at Nelvana III, and that the Romulans would indeed be caught with their pants down. Data, unfamiliar with the phrase, questioned what he meant, and La Forge explained. (TNG: "The Defector")

Caught with one's hand in the cookie jarEdit

Referring to being e accessing something that was not one's own.

In 2151, Trip Tucker had Hoshi Sato decrypt a message from the Vulcans and found it was a personal letter meant for T'Pol. When expressing his embarrassment at having inadvertently snooped on her private business, he said that he felt as though he had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. (ENT: "Breaking the Ice")

Clean their chronometersEdit

Colonel West, while proposing Operation Retrieve, assured the Federation President that should the operation precipitate a full-scale war with the Klingon Empire, Starfleet could quite frankly "clean their chronometers." (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Dining on ashesEdit

James Kirk asked if Spock was dining on ashes after finding him seemingly reflecting on the betrayal of Valeris. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Dry spell Edit

A dry spell was a prolonged period without sexual activity.

After learning that Vulcans only mated once in seven years, Trip Tucker remarked that that was "a hell of a dry spell." (ENT: "Fallen Hero")

Falling on deaf earsEdit

"Falling on deaf ears" meant something that some believe should be heeded was not.

Weyoun once told Major Kira that her pleas to have Rom not executed for terrorism would fall on deaf ears. (DS9: "Favor the Bold")

In 2372, Neelix believed diplomatic negotiation with the Botha might fall on deaf ears. (VOY: "Persistence of Vision"

In 2374, The Doctor complained that his requests for a larger sickbay were falling on deaf ears. 'VOY: "Waking Moments")

For all the tea in China Edit

"For all the tea in China" meant something was so important to a person, he or she wouldn't exchange it for even the most precious things in the world.

In 1986, Gillian Taylor told time traveler Admiral James Kirk, when he explained to her that they wanted to bring George and Gracie to the 23rd century, and asked her if she was curious about the details, she said, "I wouldn't miss it for all the tea in China." (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

Have the hide of Edit

To have the hide of someone was to chastise someone severely.

In 2269, according to Dickerson, Captain Kirk promised to have the hide of the first man to smile or otherwise react with amusement to the appearance of President Abraham Lincoln on the Enterprise. (TOS: "The Savage Curtain")

The genie's out of the bottle Edit

I am who I am Edit

According to Tuvok, along with this saying, "It is impossible for me to be more or less like myself." (VOY: "Tuvix")

Also referenced in DS9: "Civil Defense", "Fascination".

I couldn't fill your shoes Edit

"I couldn't fill your shoes" was a Human idiom, describing one being in a bad situation, which the other person couldn't bear.

In 2286, Leonard McCoy told Spock, when he suffered from memory loss after being resurrected, "What I mean is I may have carried your soul, but I sure couldn't fill your shoes," to which Spock replied, "My shoes?" (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

IotaEdit

An indication of a very small, indefinite measurement. (DS9: "Melora"; VOY: "Twisted", "Sacred Ground")

Joined at the hip Edit

This term referred to people being so close to one another as to appear inseparable (physically or emotionally)

In 2369, Q described himself and Vash as "A team, joined together at the hip." (DS9: "Q-Less")

After being temporarily telepathically linked with Jean-Luc Picard on Kesprytt III in 2370, Beverly Crusher remarked that she was happy not to be joined to Picard's hip anymore. (TNG: "Attached")

In an alternate version of the year 2390, Harry Kim called Chakotay and his girlfriend Tessa Omond as close as to be joined at the hip. (VOY: "Timeless")

Keep it under your hat Edit

May God have mercy upon your soul Edit

"May God have mercy upon your soul" was a phrase used in some ancient Earth cultures upon sentencing a person to execution. It was used in that capacity during Worf's 2371 promotion ceremony, which included holodeck roleplaying on an sea vessel and involved him walking the plank. (Star Trek Generations)

A variant of the phrase, "May God have mercy on our souls," was used by Malcolm Reed to end his final log entry when stranded in Shuttlepod 1 and he believed there was no chance of rescue. (ENT: "Shuttlepod One")

Media circus Edit

"Media circus" was a Human idiom which described a news event where the coverage was out of proportion to the event itself.

In 1986, Gillian Taylor described to James T. Kirk the farewell ceremony for George and Gracie as a potential media circus. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

My mind's turned to clay Edit

This expression was used by Geordi La Forge in the running up to the battle of Wolf 359. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds")

Needle in a haystack Edit

"Needle in a haystack" was a Human idiom which described the long-lasting search for something in a large variety of possibilities.

In 2267, when searching for the Galileo, James Kirk remarked to High Commissioner Ferris, "Finding a needle in a haystack would be child's play." (TOS: " The Galileo Seven")

Later in the episode's script, just after Kirk decides to search Taurus II for the Galileo, Ferris disapprovingly commented, "You said something about a needle in a haystack. Useless..." and Kirk replied, "Not if you want your needle back."

In 2364, William Riker described searching Starfleet records for an instance of someone showering in their clothes as "like looking for a needle in a haystack." (TNG: "The Naked Now")

In 2369 while searching for the crash landed runabout USS Yangtzee Kiang in the Gamma Quadrant, Miles O'Brien compared the search with searching for a "bloody needle in a haystack." O'Brien and Jadzia Dax had to search several planets, two dozen moons, and an asteroid belt. (DS9: "Battle Lines")

In 2370, a Paradan replicant of O'Brien commented "Needle in a haystack wouldn't do this job justice" when searching for a fault in Deep Space 9's upper pylons. (DS9: "Whispers")

In 2373, Jadzia Dax said to Benjamin Sisko "Do the words 'needle in a haystack' mean anything to you," after the USS Defiant had spent two days unsuccessfully searching the Badlands for cloaked missiles appropriated by the Maquis for a strike against Cardassia. (DS9: "Blaze of Glory")

On a silver platterEdit

Referring to something that was offered to someone in a rather obvious manner.

  • In 2375, Neelix offered B'Elanna Torres the chance to insult his cooking by telling her to name her poison. After she missed that chance, he seemed disappointed, claiming he'd handed it to her on a silver platter. (VOY: "Extreme Risk")

One-way street Edit

Meaning: The term referred to an agreement made by two parties, but only one party benefits from.

When Captain James T. Kirk was explaining romantic relationships to Charlie Evans, he told him to take it slow, that it wasn't a "one-way street." (TOS: "Charlie X")

Over (my) dead bodyEdit

Meaning: "You'll have to kill me to make that happen." Used to emphasize that a person's deep desire that something not occur.

Penny for your thoughts Edit

"A penny for your thoughts" was a Human idiom, meaning that someone was curious about what the other person was thinking.

In 2368, Doctor Beverly Crusher used the expression when she wanted to get Jean-Luc Picard to talk to her during a conversation. When Picard asked her if she has one, she told him that the replicator probably has it on file. (TNG: "The Perfect Mate")

In 2369, when Q brought back Picard to the incident at Starbase Earhart in 2327, he told him (acting as a bartender): "Penny for your thoughts? You never told me you were such a lady's man," also jokingly referring to Picard's unsuccessful date with Penny Muroc. (TNG: "Tapestry")

In 2370, Crusher used the expression again, dining with Picard, after they shared thoughts for a time via the psi-wave device on Kesprytt III. (TNG: "Attached")

In 2257, Amanda Grayson spoke of a similar idiom, "Isik for your thoughts," which she described as a Vulcan, but was later revealed as something she heard her mother say. (DIS: "Despite Yourself", "Will You Take My Hand?")

Play our cards rightEdit

Referring to "if things go well."

Play possumEdit

Meaning: To feign death when an enemy approached.

  • In 2377, when Chakotay suggested the Hirogen might be laying a trap for Voyager, Kathryn Janeway dismissed the idea, saying that the Hirogen "aren't the type to play possum." (VOY: "Flesh and Blood")
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Playing twenty questions Edit

Rather than playing an actual guessing game, this meant to make somebody ask questions rather than telling them directly what a problem or the answer was.

When Harry Kim claimed to be an American during the Hirogen simulation of World War II in 2374, Tom Paris became annoyed at the man's refusal to answer him, saying he didn't have time to play twenty questions. (VOY: "The Killing Game")

Kathryn Janeway told Neelix the same thing when he was less than forthcoming about the delicate issue of non-functioning lavatories on USS Voyager in 2375. (VOY: "Bride of Chaotica!")

The powers that be Edit

"The powers that be" was a phrase referring to a decision made by those in power, or the decision makers, without going into detail who those decision makers were (as it was not relevant to the story.)

In 2143, when Jonathan Archer and A.G. Robinson were attempting to take NX Alpha on a test flight, Archer informed A.G. of the good news that he had just gotten word from "the powers that be" that he was good to go for launch. (ENT: "First Flight")

In 2256, Saru explained that he had been assigned to the USS Discovery as first officer by "the powers that be" after the destruction of the USS Shenzhou. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")

Preaching to the choir Edit

"Preaching to the choir" was a phrase used to describe someone who was trying to convince another who was already a believer.

In 2365, Phillipa Louvois told Bruce Maddox he was preaching to the choir when he attempted to explain the usefulness of having a Data aboard every starship. (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")

Pull a rabbit out of (a) hat Edit

Pulling a rabbit out of a hat was a type of magic trick. Metaphorically, it referred to performing any amazing feat.

Julian Bashir once said, "Next time I'm going to pull a rabbit out of his ear" (DS9: "Rejoined")

Ezri Dax once said, "Now we get to pull a rabbit out of our hat." (DS9: "The Siege of AR-558")

Miles O'Brien once said, "Julian, it's time to face facts. You're not going to pull a rabbit out of your medkit." (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind")

Chakotay once said, "What's your next trick, Harry. Pull a shuttlecraft out of a hat?" (VOY: "Favorite Son")

Put me out to pasture Edit

"Put (me) out to pasture" means to be forcibly retired.

In 2285, Captain Kirk lamented that "When they put me out to pasture, I hope I fare better than Korrd." This after learning that the formerly great Klingon General whose military strategies were studies at Starfleet Academy, to being posted at Nimbus III. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

The real McCoy Edit

"The real McCoy" described anything which was the genuine article in question, not merely a facsimile thereof.

In 2374, Vic Fontaine revealed to Odo that a new improved version of the "Lola Chrystal" hologram was in fact Kira Nerys, who the hologram's features were based on, and that the Changeling had been dancing with the real McCoy. (DS9: "His Way")

In 2375, "Boothby" classified Chakotay, unlike himself, to be "the real McCoy", (i.e. not a Species 8472 recreation of a Starfleet officer) and recommended "Valerie Archer" perform a genetic extraction in order to figure out a better way for members of Species 8472 to maintain a Human appearance. (VOY: "In the Flesh")

Rich beyond the dreams of avarice Edit

Doctor Leonard McCoy managed to convince Dr. Nichols to accept the formula for transparent aluminum as compensation for his services by saying that once he figured out the dynamics of the matrix (which would take years), he'd be rich beyond the dreams of avarice. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

Run off at the mouth Edit

An admission by Julian Bashir of something he tended to do that he confessed was "just a nervous habit." (DS9: "The Storyteller")

Sauce for the goose Edit

The Earth idiom "what's sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander," was in part spoken by Spock following Saavik's notation that Khan Noonien Singh, aboard the USS Reliant was following the USS Enterprise into the Mutara Nebula. In response, Spock stated stated "sauce for the goose, Mr. Saavik." (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

Shade of gray Edit

To have a "shade of gray" meant to not be clear what was right or wrong, or good and evil, but instead existed in a gray area. The term was the opposite of what it mean to be black and white.

  • Following Worf's transfer to Deep Space 9 in 2372, Captain Benjamin Sisko explained that "Starfleet officers often have trouble learning the unofficial rules of the station," as contrary to serving aboard the USS Enterprise-D, Worf "always knew who were my allies and who were my enemies." Sisko reiterated the discussion, adding, "Let's just say DS9 has more shades of gray. And Quark definitely is a shade of gray. He has his own set of rules and he follows them diligently. Once you understand them, you understand Quark. I'd say that's true for everyone here." (DS9: "Hippocratic Oath")
  • After Captain Sisko's time in captivity with Gul Dukat, following the destruction of the USS Honshu, he explained to Jadzia Dax that he always thought "sometimes life seems so complicated. Nothing is truly good or truly evil. Everything seems to be a shade of gray." However, recalling his experience, he continued, "And then you spend some time with a man like Dukat and you realize that there is really such a thing as truly evil." (DS9: "Waltz")

Sight for sore eyes Edit

Meaning: Something that was pleasing to look at.

  • In 2376, Harry Kim remarked that he would not want to bunk with the great explorers of the past. Tom Paris remarked that that would be a sight for sore eyes. (VOY: "Memorial")
  • Shortly thereafter, after making contact with Voyager again, Lyndsay Ballard remarked that Captain Janeway was a sight for sore eyes. (VOY: "Ashes to Ashes")
  • Later that year, the con artist Dala used the expression sarcastically upon seeing Tuvok. (VOY: "Live Fast and Prosper")
Furthermore, Captain Archer used the expression in a deleted scene from "The Expanse".

Stone knives and bearskins Edit

"Stone knives and bearskins" was a colorful term employed by Spock to describe the 1930s technology he was forced to use to construct a tricorder interface. Vital information was locked within Spock's tricorder: How had Leonard McCoy changed history? Spock was eventually able to construct an appropriate circuit, but retrieved two separate recordings: one in which Edith Keeler lived, and one in which she died. At that point, the improvised interface erupted in sparks and flame, ruining his chance to learn which of the recordings represented McCoy's alteration, and which the correct timeline. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")

Kathryn Janeway also used this expression when typing on a late 20th century computer keyboard trying to find out information about Henry Starling. (VOY: "Future's End")

That's life Edit

"C'est la vie" (French: "that's life") was a Human idiom, meaning bad things happen, it was the way of life.

In 2285, when Admiral James Kirk self-destructed the USS Enterprise, killing most of Kruge's Klingon crew on board, he told the commander on the surface of the Genesis Planet: "Sorry about your crew, but as we say on Earth, ...'c'est la vie.'" (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)

Geordi La Forge once explained to Data that for the particular situation he was experiencing, it turned out that way, because "that's life". (TNG: "Inheritance")

Tip of the iceberg Edit

Meaning: the first hint or revelation of something much larger or more complex.

Wash my hands of it Edit

Meaning: to avert a wrong decision, claiming that the person could not be held responsible for it.

The whole kit and caboodle Edit

Referring to the entirety of something.

Wild goose chase Edit

Meaning: an expression used to mean futile pursuit or search after something.

In a deleted scene from "Dramatis Personae", Jadzia Dax begins to recount a wild goose chase on Elanu IV, involving Curzon Dax and Benjamin Sisko.

With one's name on it Edit

Having one's name on something meant that the object in question belonged to or was reserved for them.

In 2372, Julian Bashir assured Odo that there was a Spitfire with his name on it in the hangar if he wanted to join the Battle of Britain holoprogram. Later, Joseph Sisko told his grandson there was a vat of crayfish that needed cleaning with his name on it. (DS9: "Homefront")

In 2375, Miles O'Brien told Janel Tigan he was not looking forward to seeing Captain Sisko again, as he had a boot with O'Brien's name on it. (DS9: "Prodigal Daughter")

In 2377, Reginald Barclay offered Deanna Troi a drink. When she declined, he tried to tempt her, saying he had a chocolate passion punch with her name on it. (VOY: "Inside Man")

Within (arm's) reach Edit

For something to be "within arm's reach," or simply to be "within reach," meant for it to be very close or achievable. (ENT: "Terra Nova", "These Are the Voyages..."; VOY: "Spirit Folk") Contrarily, for something to be "(just) out of reach," meant for it to be very close, but unattainable. (TOS: "Balance of Terror"; DS9: "Change of Heart"; VOY: "Non Sequitur", "One Small Step")

Jean-Luc Picard told Gul Macet that he knew that the Cardassian research station, located within arm's reach of three Federation sectors, was indeed a weapons depot, and that while recent events could have made things much worse than they already were, and that they should consider themselves warned. (TNG: "The Wounded")

Following USS Voyager's discovery of the extremely dangerous, but deuterium-rich, Planet Hell, Ensign Harry Kim reminded the senior staff of the meek alternatives to the ship's low deuterium crisis, offering the idiom rich, "What's the alternative? Resume course? Creep along at quarter impulse hoping we find fuel before we end up dead in the water? We've got deuterium within arm's reach. We can't let the opportunity slip away without at least trying." (VOY: "Demon")

Work (one's) side of the street Edit

To work (one's) side of the street was to take up another's line of work instead of one's own.

In 2266, after Kirk's successful handling of the situation with Harcourt Fenton Mudd, Eve McHuron, and Ben Childress, McCoy surmised Kirk must have talked them into rationality, asking if Kirk had ever thought of selling patent medicine. Kirk then quipped, "Why should I work your side of the street?" (TOS: "Mudd's Women")


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