For many parents it can become quite the task to answer all manner of questions from their children.

So it is no surprise that parents with children growing up in Liverpool turned to some phrases and sayings that their mums and dads had probably used on them.

From 'going to see a man about a dog' to 'how long is a piece of string' we asked ECHO readers to send in some of the sayings they grew up with in their childhoods.

And hundreds of you got in touch, some with phrases that are well known across the country but others that would only be familiar if you were brought up on Merseyside.

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27. "Stop standing there like one of Lewis's"

The saying meant standing there like a dummy not doing anything and is a favourite with parents in Merseyside.

Lynn Mills wrote: "I still say this now lol. Then I have to explain it.....

Nichola Broad said: "I always thought it meant standing there like a dummy in the window display!!"

Michael Ashton wrote: "I say that even now, and people look bemused!!"

Janet Lumley said her dad used to say: "Are you going to help or are you just going to stand there like one of Lewis’s’?"

26. "It's like Blackpool Illuminations in here."

When lights were on in rooms that aren't being used, this is one that parents were quick to say.

Claire Foran, Vicky Taylor-Brooks and Conrad Hardman were just a few of the ECHO readers who recounted the well known phrase from their childhoods.

Jenny Skivington said: "Now I find myself saying the exact same thing to my kids."

25. "Going to see a man about a dog."

When you would ask your parents where they were going, you rarely ever got the true answer.

Sonia Jervis said: "Going to see a man about a dog. Even though we had 3 dogs already."

Lee Garner said: "Where you going? Going to see a man about a dog."

David Murray said his grandad would even use the phrase and he "often wondered about that dog."

24. "If you don’t eat that you get nothing else, it’s not a bloody cafe."

When you weren't a big fan of what was for dinner you could be sure this was going to be the reply of your parents.

Marie Donnelly said: "If you don’t eat that you get nothing else it’s not a bloody cafe."

23. "Don't sit too close to the TV or you'll get square eyes."

A fear so many children grew up with, they always had a story of it happening to somebody they knew as well.

Louis Roberts, Lee Garner and Elaine Parry were just a few of those who grew up with that very fear.

22. "Cheer up, if the wind blows your face will stick like that."

A strong breeze was frightening after hearing this.

Mark Lenton said his parents would say: "Don’t pull faces at me, if the wind changes your face will stay like that!"

21. "I’ve got eyes in the back of my head."

It left so many of us wondering how we would ever be able to get away with anything.

Brenda Margaret Kelly said: "When my grandchildren were younger I used to say to them, I'm all seeing and all knowing because I've got eyes in the back of my head.

"Never for a minute did I think they'd believe me, but they did!"

20. "Don't come running to me when you break your leg."

It started the age old question: How do you run with a broken leg?!

Ian Ball said: "Remember being told “if you break your legs, don’t come running to me”."

Kenny Checketts said: "My gran used to say if you fall over and break your leg don’t come running to me."

19. "I'll give you something to cry about."

Terry Burns, Rebecca Robinson and Alicia Hall all recall their parents using this line.

18. "Icky the Fire Bobby"

A lot of strangers seemed to have this very unique name.

Helen C Murphy said: "Who's he? Icky the Fire Bobby."

Ron Mckenna said: "Who's that dad? Ikky the Fire Bobby son."

Tommy Goulding said: "Get in now before Icky the fire Bobby gets you."

17. "Going on a message."

What exactly a message was seemed to change every day.

16. "I'm not heating the street."

Leaving the front door open when the radiators were on did not impress parents.

Martin Bracken said: "My dad used to say 'shut that door I’m not heating the street'."

15. “All fur coat and no knickers!”

One way to describe people with more to show than they actually have.

Kathy Spinks said her parents used to say: "She's all fur coat and no knickers that one."

14. "That will be a pig's foot in the morning."

Many nights were spent panicking over how exactly our grazed knee would turn into a pig's foot as we slept.

Dawn Marie Mcgrath said: "When you hurt yourself and your mum would say 'aww it will be a pig's foot in the morning!' Absolutely petrified going to sleep."

Fran Wallace said: "When I fell over and scabbed my knee my mum would say 'it'll be a pigs foot in the morning!' Perish the thought, crazy or what?"

13. "How long is a piece of string?"

There wasn't a straightforward answer when you were wondering how long something was going to take.

Liam Townson said: "When I would ask my dad for me tea and I'd say how long? He would reply saying how long is a piece of string."

Nikki Rhodes said: "When I asked how long tea will be, I got how longs a piece of string."

12. "If you eat your crusts your will get curly hair."

A well-rehearsed saying among parents trying to get their children to eat their crusts.

11. "Were you born in a barn?"

Another annoyance for parents was when their children would leave doors open in the house.

Sarah Luisa Hughes, Stacey Murphy and Tony Wilson were all familiar of the phrase growing up in Liverpool.

10. "It will put hairs on your chest."

There seems to be a strong correlation between hair growth and foods that children didn't enjoy.

Dawn Casey said: "Get that down you it'll put hairs on your chest."

Jill Rogers said: "When I didn't want to eat something, my dad would say 'Get it down you, it'll put hairs on your chest!' Like that was going to make me eat it."

9. "Get up the dancers."

Because why call stairs stairs?

Rachel Kami said: "Get up the dancers (get to bed)."

Val Edwards said: "When it was bed time my dad would say 'go on, up the dancers'."

Amy Smith said: "When it was time for bed my nan used to always say 'up the dancers' - I’ve never heard that anywhere else."

8. "Smart Alec."

When you answered back with something cheeky.

Celia Bickerton remembered this one being used when she was growing up

7.. "You'll be smiling on the other side of your face if you carry on."

Sometimes it was hard not to laugh in the wrong moment.

Joyce Williams said: "If I laughed at my mum when she shouted at me she’d say you’ll be laughing on the other side of your face when your dad gets in."

6. "Got a mouth like Mersey tunnel."

One way to describe people with a talent for talking and a saying you would only here if you family were from Liverpool was this one.

Leona 'Denton' said: "Got a mouth like Mersey tunnel."

Kirsty Stewart said: "You've got a gob like the Mersey tunnel."

5. Every man's name you didn't know was "Jim"

Elaine Lee wrote: "My dad called every taxi driver Jim, I used to think he knew everyone."

James Holland-Mccomish replied: "Same...and any odd job repair men....guys at shops etc...

Carol Cavanagh Rankin had the same experience too she said: "I thought all bus drivers were called Jim!"

4. "You're like a fog horn you should be on the Docks"

Pauline Jones said her dad used to use this phrase when she was a bit too loud.

3. "Yes I'll buy you two"

Parents are known for their sarcasm so when a child asked to be bought something "yes I'll buy you two" was often the answer.

Garry Illston wrote: "Mum, can I have that? Yes, I'll buy you 2 in case 1 breaks down."

2. "Mum where you going? Round the bend!"

Mums always have an answer for everything and if they weren't going round the bend it was 'there and back to see how far it is" said Pollyanna Kinley.

1. "Put wood in the hole"

Many children were told to do this when they had again...left the door open.