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60 English Idioms

60 English Idioms

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60 English Idioms

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  • A hot potato

    Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed

  • A penny for your thoughts

    A way of asking what someone is thinking

  • Actions speak louder than words

    People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.

  • Add insult to injury

    To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.

  • An arm and a leg

    Very expensive or costly. A large amount of money.

  • At the drop of a hat

    without any hesitation; instantly.

  • Back to the drawing board

    When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.

  • Ball is in your court

    It is up to you to make the next decision or step

  • Barking up the wrong tree

    Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person

  • Be glad to see the back of

    Be happy when a person leaves.

  • Beat around the bush

    Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.

  • Best of both worlds

    All the advantages.

  • Best thing since sliced bread

    A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.

  • Bite off more than you can chew

    To take on a task that is way to big.

  • Blessing in disguise

    Something good that isn't recognized at first.

  • Burn the midnight oil

    To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.

  • Can't judge a book by its cover

    Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.

  • Caught between two stools

    When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.

  • Costs an arm and a leg

    This idiom is used when something is very expensive.

  • Cross that bridge when you come to it

    Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.

  • Cry over spilt milk

    When you complain about a loss from the past.

  • Curiosity killed the cat

    Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.

  • Cut corners

    When something is done badly to save money.

  • Cut the mustard [possibly derived from "cut the muster"]

    To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate

  • Devil's Advocate

    To present a counter argument

  • Don't count your chickens before the eggs have hatched

    This idiom is used to express "Don't make plans for something that might not happen".

  • Don't give up the day job

    You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.

  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket

    Do not put all your resources in one possibility.

  • Drastic times call for drastic measures

    When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.

  • Elvis has left the building

    The show has come to an end. It's all over.

  • Every cloud has a silver lining

    Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.

  • Far cry from

    Very different from.

  • Feel a bit under the weather

    Feeling slightly ill.

  • Give the benefit of the doubt

    Believe someone's statement, without proof.

  • Hear it on the grapevine

    This idiom means 'to hear rumors' about something or someone.

  • Hit the nail on the head

    Do or say something exactly right

  • Hit the sack / sheets / hay

    To go to bed.

  • In the heat of the moment

    Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.

  • It takes two to tango

    Actions or communications need more than one person

  • Jump on the bandwagon

    Join a popular trend or activity.

  • Keep something at bay

    Keep something away.

  • Kill two birds with one stone

    This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time.

  • Last straw

    The final problem in a series of problems.

  • Let sleeping dogs lie

    do not disturb a situation as it is - since it would result in trouble or complications.

  • Let the cat out of the bag

    To share information that was previously concealed

  • Make a long story short

    Come to the point - leave out details

  • Method to my madness

    An assertion that, despite one's approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.

  • Miss the boat

    This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance

  • Not a spark of decency

    No manners

  • Not playing with a full deck

    Someone who lacks intelligence.

  • Off one's rocker

    Crazy, demented, out of one's mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.

  • On the ball

    When someone understands the situation well.

  • Once in a blue moon

    Happens very rarely.

  • Picture paints a thousand words

    A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.

  • Piece of cake

    A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.

  • Put wool over other people's eyes

    This means to deceive someone into thinking well of them.

  • See eye to eye

    This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something.

  • Sit on the fence

    This is used when someone does not want to choose or make a decision.

  • Speak of the devil!

    This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives.

  • Steal someone's thunder

    To take the credit for something someone else did.

  • Take with a grain of salt

    This means not to take what someone says too seriously.

  • Taste of your own medicine

    Means that something happens to you, or is done to you, that you have done to someone else

  • To hear something straight from the horse's mouth

    To hear something from the authoritative source.

  • Whole nine yards

    Everything. All of it.

  • Wouldn't be caught dead

    Would never like to do something

  • Your guess is as good as mine

    To have no idea, do not know the answer to a question