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List of Expressions

Below is a list of expressions encountered in the story.

"'You're alive!' he cried. 'Kolhii-head! You could've been lava bones!'"1 "'You're alive! Kolhii-head! You could've been Makuta bones!'"2 "I can't, it's too strong! We're Vahki bones!"3 "It's too strong! We're Vahki bones!"4 "If we wait for that group to save us, we will end up Rahi bones here."5 "Get up, Rahi bones. Lariska's class is now in session."6 "First lesson, Rahi bones."7
City of Legends
A common epithet for Metru Nui. See City of Legends.
"'Hey! Are you cross-wired?' Matau snapped."8 "'I told you I am a cross-wired freak, chasing his dreams, wasting everyone's time!'"9 "'I sure hope you're guided by the Great Spirit,' he growled, 'because this is definitely cross-wired!'"10
Destiny War
A term Helryx used to describe the Order of Mata Nui's coming out of hiding to fight the Brotherhood of Makuta.11
Don't look back, a Vahki might be gaining on you
An old joke on Metru Nui.12
Even storm clouds run from a Rahi
An old saying on Mata Nui.13
A derogatory term for residents of Ta-Metru. Used not only by Le-Matoran but also by Matoran from other metru.1415164
Foolish as a sand snipe
A Matoran saying. Based on the sand snipes' habit of drowning themselves in liquid protodermis.17
Go around the chute
"'You have gone around the chute,' said Matau. 'We stop hard-fighting and the vines will overwhelm us...'"18 See "go around the bend".
Go to Karzahni
A common expression, referring to a feared realm in Matoran legend where bad Matoran workers were exiled.19 The name "Karzahni" was a name Matoran used to frighten each other.1920 See "go to hell".
Great Beings
The inhabitants of Mata Nui often spoke of the Great Beings as deities. "This creature can match my speed, but not, thank the Great Beings -- my agility!"21 "Great Beings, grant me strength..."22 "Toa, if the Great Beings see fit to restore my energies to me...I may one day show you what power really is."23 "We may fall, but by the Great Beings, this creature will know it has faced Toa!"23 "With a shudder, he kept going, thanking the Great Beings he had not set those things loose."24 "He's guarded by Rahi and the Great Beings know what else..."25
Hold your Rahi
"Hold your Rahi, I'm coming."26 See "hold your horses".
"'You're alive!' he cried. 'Kolhii-head! You could've been lava bones!'"1 "You even kept us on the right path. Not bad for a kolhii-head."27 "'You're alive! Kolhii-head! You could've been Makuta bones!'"2
Mata Nui
"What in the name of Mata Nui was going on?"28 "'Oh, Mata Nui protect us,' she whispered. 'Morbuzakh seeds! It must be!'"29 "Oh, Mata Nui protect us..."30 "The Matoran Nui watched them go, whispering, 'Mata Nui protect you all.'"31 "'Mata Nui,' whispered Nokama. 'It's the Morbuzakh — it speaks!'"32 "Around me, I could see the Makuta being consumed by the storm, and I thanked the Great Spirit I had been able to save the Matoran."33 "By the will of the Great Spirit, it has just begun!"34
Not the brightest lightstone
"Not the brightest lightstone in Metru Nui, but strong enough to crumble a Knowledge Tower with one blow."35
Old war Rahi
"Things must be desperate if they're calling on an old war Rahi like you."11
Pin the tail on the ash bear
"Soon you'll be ready for a game of pin the tail on the ash bear, record-keeper."36
Rahi breath
"Even if I didn't have to worry about them, there's still that big Rahi breath that walled me up here."37
A secret shared is no longer a secret
An old saying that the Shadowed One once uttered.38
stalking kinloka
On Zakaz, when Skakdi needed to cross land that might be booby-trapped, they sent a kinloka through first to spring the traps. This was known as a "stalking kinloka."39
time before time
On Mata Nui, the Turaga often used the phrase "in the time before time" to introduce stories about events that happened long ago, particularly those that occurred before the Matoran lived on Mata Nui.
Whistling past Makuta's lair
In Ko-Koro, the expression "whistling past Makuta's lair" was used to describe how someone would incessantly tell tales to bolster one's courage despite being in a dangerous situation.23 See "whistling past the graveyard".
Wild Rahi chase
"This may all be a wild Rahi chase."40 "She wondered if this might be just a wild Rahi chase."41 See "wild goose chase".