Useful Phrases and Expressions


Useful Phrases

There are a some phrases that can be quite useful in writing. They help you explain the movement of animals and people, the sounds you hear, the thoughts you have, the way you feel, etc. Here are some of these phrases.


  • I quickened my pace as I headed towards home
  • I ran for dear life
  • as fast as my legs could carry me
  • scurried outside
  • trotted carelessly down the street
  • peered all around
  • scurrying to and fro
  • moved swiftly but cautiously
  • scuttled across the floor
  • leaped out of the chair
  • leaping to her feet
  • hot on my heels
  • moved with purpose
  • traffic was moving at a snail pace
  • mad haste to avoid him


  • angry growl of fierce thunder
  • hollered at me
  • earsplitting noise
  • sigh of relief
  • said in a breathless whisper
  • attempted small talk
  • sleeping so soundly
  • heart began to pound


  • didn’t have a clue
  • high point
  • drives me nuts
  • moral dilemma
  • famished brain
  • honest opinion
  • sobering thought
  • felt giddy and inspired
  • words poured of me in a torrent


  • eat a sumptuous dinner
  • venture down to the kitchen
  • did my morning hygiene
  • in the twinkling of an eye
  • my curiosity became stronger
  • snatched from the jaws of death
  • sent a chill down my spine
  • felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach
  • missing him by a hair
  • outstretched hand
  • scare silly
  • beckoned to me
  • looked beseechingly,
  • he glared into my eyes,
  • glanced nervously,
  • in verbatim,
  • apologize profusely
  • noticeable agony
  • huge wave of relief
  • smile slyly
  • with a look of supreme satisfaction


  • view was breathtaking
  • can’t even carry a tune
  • loyal to a fault
  • her whole world sort of spins on different axis
  • horse around
  • huge injustice
  • feminine problems
  • for heaven’s sake
  • lost to the world
  • a quiet nervous woman
  • a nature lover
  • for what seemed an eternity
  • restless sleep
  • secretly pleased
  • conjured up
  • restless dreams
  • thoroughly engrossed
  • scanned the room importantly
  • without stopping to consider the consequences of my actions
  • to my great relief
  • a ray of hope
  • heavenly smell
  • chance encounter
  • I have no part
  • to my great relief

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Useful Expression

Of Fear

  • a piercing scream filled the air,
  • beads of perspiration rolled down my forehead/cheeks,
  • I could hear my heart beating in my ears,
  • I was trembling like a leaf I started to run and felt as if my lungs would burst,
  • I was totally speechless,
  • Morbid thoughts encircle my mind,
  • scream my lungs out,
  • my heart was thumping wildly, shudder with fear, snatched from the jaws of death,
  • the hairs of my neck stood on end,
  • the stairs groaned and creaked with every step I made

Of Sadness

  • encountered catastrophe after catastrophe,
  • feel neglected,
  • felt a wave of helplessness wash over me,
  • I cried buckets and buckets of tears,
  • overcome with despair,
  • rife with misfortune,
  • sad truth,
  • said in dismay,
  • tears welded up in my eyes,
  • with a despairing sigh,
  • with deep regret and a feeling of sadness,

Of Shock

  1. bewildered,
  2. dumbfounded in disbelief,
  3. froze in my tracks,
  4. it’s unbelievable,

Of Anger

  1. in mute agony,
  2. inquire through gritted teeth,
  3. plastered on her face was a look of anger,
  4. steaming with anger,