Alliteration means the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
There are so many occurrences of alliteration in English–brand names, slang, routine phrases, new phrases–that it is impossible to have an exhaustive list. Here I only list a few that I have regularly encountered. For example, one of my friends really likes to say “holy moly”, which is expressed whenever there is the tiniest provocation.
Let me know if there are any phrases of alliteration that you like to use and leave me a comment or two.
hocus pocus: meaningless talk or activity, often designed to draw attention away from and disguise what is actually happening.
holy moly: used to express surprise or dismay.
cookie cutter: (noun, North America) It is used to denote something mass-produced or lacking any distinguishing characteristics.
daredevil: a reckless person who enjoys doing dangerous things.
telltale: revealing, indicating, or betraying something.
wear and tear: the loss, injury, or stress to which something is subjected by or in the course of use. For example, because shoes worn for sports are likely to become dusty and go through some wear-and-tear, easy care is a plus. Wear and tear can also be used on the emotional exhaustion one feels about a job or a relationship.
riffraff: disreputable or undesirable people.
win win: (adjective) of or denoting a situation in which each party benefits in some way. “We are aiming for a win-win situation.”
clink clank: a usually repeated noise made up of generally alternating clinks and clanks
fender bender: a minor collision between motor vehicles.
chit chat: inconsequential conversation.
fight or flight: the instinctive physiological response to a threatening situation, which readies one either to resist forcibly or to run away.
part and parcel: an essential or integral component. “Stress was part and parcel of the job.”
singsong: (of a person’s voice) having a repeated rising and falling rhythm.
publish or perish: “Publish or perish” is an aphorism describing the pressure to publish academic work in order to succeed in an academic career.
zigzag: a line or course having abrupt alternate right and left turns.
picture perfect: (North America) lacking in defects or flaws; ideal.
road rage: violent anger caused by the stress and frustration involved in driving a motor vehicle in difficult conditions.
hit or miss: as likely to be unsuccessful as successful. “It depends on what mood the chef is in –the food can be really hit or miss in that café.”
round robin: a series or sequence, each item taking its turn and being treated equally.
mom-and-pop: (adjective North America) denoting a small store of a type often run by a married couple.
slippery slope: an idea or course of action which will lead to something unacceptable, wrong, or disastrous.
mumbo jumbo: This expression refers to superstitions or needlessly complex and obscure language.