Easier said than done

Definition

The phrase ‘easier said than done’ is an idiom that means it is often more difficult to actually put into practice something that is easy to say than it is to talk about it.

Examples

It’s easy to say we should save money, but actually doing it is easier said than done.

He said he would finish the project quickly, but it’s proving to be easier said than done.

Origin

The phrase ‘easier said than done’ first appeared in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the 14th century.

FAQs

What does the phrase ‘easier said than done’ mean?

The phrase ‘easier said than done’ means that it is often more difficult to actually put into practice something that is easy to say than it is to talk about it.

Where does the phrase ‘easier said than done’ come from?

The phrase ‘easier said than done’ first appeared in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the 14th century.