What Is an Idiom?
Idiom: An idiom is a group of words that are used as a common expression whose meaning is not deducible from that of the literal words.
Popular English Idioms
- A Bit Much
Meaning: More than is reasonable; a bit too much
- A blessing in disguise
Meaning: A good thing that initially seemed bad
- Adding insult to injury
Meaning: To make a bad situation even worse
- A hot potato
Meaning: a controversial issue or situation that is awkward or unpleasant to deal with.
- Piece of cake
Meaning: something that is easy to do
- Once in a blue moon
Meaning: very rarely
- Beat around the bush
Meaning: Avoid sharing your true viewpoint or feelings because it is uncomfortable
- Beating a dead horse
Meaning: Giving time or energy to something that is ended or over
- Bite the bullet
Meaning: To get an unfavorable situation or chore over with now because it will need to get finished eventually.
- Best of both worlds
Meaning: The choice or solution has all of the advantages of two contrasting things at the same time
- Biting off more than you can chew
Meaning: Not having the capacity to take on a new assignment or task that is just too taxing.
- By the skin of your teeth
Meaning: Just barely making it.
- Don’t judge a book by its cover
Meaning: Not judging something by its initial appearance.
- Doing something at the drop of a hat
Meaning: Doing something at the moment of being asked.
- Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
Meaning: Not to count on something happening until after it’s already happened.
- Caught between a rock and a hard place
Meaning: Making a choice between two unpleasant choices.
- Costs an arm and a leg
Meaning: Something that is overpriced or very expensive.
- Cutting corners
Meaning: Not performing a task or duty correctly in order to save time or money.
- Devil’s advocate
Meaning: To take the side of the counter-argument, or offer an alternative point of view.
- Feeling under the weather
Meaning: Not feeling well, or feeling sick