An idiom is a combination of words that has a meaning that is different from the
meanings of the individual words themselves so you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the
meaning and usage of each idiom.
Back to the drawing board.
The grass is always greener on the other side.
When Pigs fly.
Learning idioms in English is very important for several reasons:
English native speakers use idioms in their day-to-day life so you must be ready to
recognize in conversations and understand their meaning.
Idioms add spice and interest to your speech and writing. They make you sound more
like a native speaker.
You get a new job! Unsurprisingly, interpreters are always required, and if nothing else,
learning the idioms in a language will make you more proficient in translation.
There are lots of idioms and there’s no need to know them all so try to learn the ones that
are widely used.
25 Most Common Idioms in English and their definition
- Beat around the bush: It is used when you avoid the main topic.
- The Best of Both Worlds: It is used when you can enjoy two different opportunities at the
- When Pigs fly: It is used when something will never happen.
- To cost an arm and a leg: It is used when something is very expensive
5.A piece of Cake: It is used when something is really easy.
- To feel under the weather: It is used when you don’t feel well.
- Break a leg: It is used when you want to wish somebody luck.
- It is not Rocket Science: Something you say to mean that a topic is not complicated.
- Make a long story short: When you want to tell a story briefly.
- Miss the Boat: It is used when it is too late to take an opportunity
- No Pain, No Gain: it means that you have to work hard for what you want
- Back to the Drawing Board: Back to the beginning of a process to start it again, because it
is not working
- Barking Up The Wrong Tree: Trying to do something in a way that will not work
- Excuse My French: Said when you are pretending to be sorry for using a word that may
be considered offensive.
- From Rags to Riches: Used to describe what happens to a person who was poor but
- Hit the Sack: Go to bed or go to sleep
- Hold Your Horses: Be patient.
- In the Heat of the Moment: Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
- It takes two to Tango: Any activity needs two people who are willing to take part for it
- Raining Cats and Dogs: A very loud and noisy rain storm.
- Tie the knot: To get married
- Rise and Shine: Said to tell someone to wakeup and get out of bed
- You can’t judge a book by its cover: it means that you don’t have to make decisions based
- Your Guess is as good as mine: It is way of telling that you don’t have any idea.
- Call it a Day: This means stop working on something