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

  1. A Bit Much
    Meaning: More than is reasonable; a bit too much

  2. A blessing in disguise
    Meaning: A good thing that initially seemed bad

  3. Adding insult to injury
    Meaning: To make a bad situation even worse

  4. A hot potato
    Meaning: a controversial issue or situation that is awkward or unpleasant to deal with.

  5. Piece of cake
    Meaning: something that is easy to do

  6. Once in a blue moon
    Meaning: very rarely

  7. Beat around the bush
    Meaning: Avoid sharing your true viewpoint or feelings because it is uncomfortable

  8. Beating a dead horse
    Meaning: Giving time or energy to something that is ended or over

  9. Bite the bullet
    Meaning: To get an unfavorable situation or chore over with now because it will need to get finished eventually.

  10. Best of both worlds
    Meaning: The choice or solution has all of the advantages of two contrasting things at the same time

  11. 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.

  12. By the skin of your teeth
    Meaning: Just barely making it.

  13. Don’t judge a book by its cover
    Meaning: Not judging something by its initial appearance.

  14. Doing something at the drop of a hat
    Meaning: Doing something at the moment of being asked.

  15. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
    Meaning: Not to count on something happening until after it’s already happened.

  16. Caught between a rock and a hard place
    Meaning: Making a choice between two unpleasant choices.

  17. Costs an arm and a leg
    Meaning: Something that is overpriced or very expensive.

  18. Cutting corners
    Meaning: Not performing a task or duty correctly in order to save time or money.

  19. Devil’s advocate
    Meaning: To take the side of the counter-argument, or offer an alternative point of view.

  20. Feeling under the weather
    Meaning: Not feeling well, or feeling sick

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