Idioms are expressions or phrases whose meanings do not relate to the literal meaning of their words. They are special words or phrases that aren’t meant to be taken literally and usually have a cultural meaning behind them. They typically present a figurative meaning attached to the phrase.
|A Storm in a Teacup||Needless anger or worry about an insignificant things|
At the Eleventh Hour
|It befalls when it is almost too late|
|All Things Being Equal||In the occasion that all aspects of a situation remain the same|
|A Bite at The Cherry||A good time that isn’t available to everyone|
|Ace Up One’s Sleeve||A surprise benefit of which others are unaware|
Acknowledge The Corn
|Admit a mistake, especially a small one|
|A Cat Has Nine Lives||Cats seem to get away with perilous things|
|Blow Stack||To lose one’s disposition and explode in anger|
|Burn the Midnight Oil||Working late into the night|
|Bite the Bullet||To do something even though it involves suffering, discomfort, or strain|
|Bells And Whistles||Attractive but needless features of a product|
|Bail Out||To save someone from a difficult situation|
|Cut Your Teeth on Something||To learn or to understand basic skills in a field|
|Crunch the Numbers||To calculate before making a decision or conclusion|
|Call a Spade a Spade||To speak freely and directly about a problem or difficulty
|Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face||To act in a proud way that eventually harms your own cause|
|Draw a Line in the Sand||To give an ultimatum; specify an absolute limit in a conflict|
|Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk||Do not worry about minor or insignificant things|
|Dance to Someone’s Tune||Consistently follow someone’s advice or authority|
|Devil’s Advocate||Someone who insists a point not out of conviction or judgement
|Every Dog Has His (Its) Day||Everyone has a moment of prominence, power, or supremacy|
|Elevator Pitch||A brief demonstration of an idea, one short enough to be delivered in an elevator|
|Eat Crow||To confess one was wrong, and accept dishonour|
|Eager beaver||A person who is hardworking and passionate, sometimes considered fervent|
|Early Bird||Someone who does something prior to the usual time|
|Full of the Joys of Spring||Very happy, enthusiastic, cheerful and full of vivacity|
|From the Bottom of Heart||To express sincere emotions with deep feelings
|From Pillar to Post||From one place to another, in a forced, unintended or random way|
|Fish Out of Water||A person who is in unknown, baffling surroundings|
|Grease the Wheels||Do something to make an operation run smoothly and effortlessly|
|Go Out on a Limb||To put in a risky or precarious situation in order to help someone|
|Grasp (Grab) at Straws||To take desperate actions with little hope of achievement|
|Give the Green Light||Approve or allow something to proceed|
|Hit the Roof||Explode in anger; become extremely angry|
|Highways and Byways||Large and small roads of a particular area|
|Hell for Leather||At full speed: as fast as possible|
|Hot Potato||An argumentative subject or hard project that is best avoided|
|Heavy Hitter||A powerful, influential or important person|
|It’s Not Rocket Science||It’s not difficult or crucial to understand|
|It Never Rains but It Pours||hard luck or bad things tend to happen at the same time|
|In the Driver’s Seat||In a commanding position; in control|
|In a Rut||Confined by routine, bored and pursuing new experiences.|
|If the Shoe Fits, Wear It||If the description is accurate, accept or adjust it|
|Jam on the brakes||To operate the brakes suddenly and in a hard way|
|Just In The Nick Of Time||Just before the last moment when something can be changed or happened|
|Jaundiced Eye||To look at something with a prejudiced or unfriendly way|
|Jump Through Hoops||Accomplish a series of tasks in order to content someone|
|Jangle someone’s nerves||To make someone feel very nervous|
|Joe Bloggs||An average or typical man|
|Keep a civil tongue||Speak politely|
|Keep one’s eyes peeled||Be alert|
|Kick the bucket||Die|
|Knit one’s brow||To frown|
|Know something inside and out||Know something very thoroughly|
|Labour of love||A task done for pleasure|
|Lame duck||An unsuccessful person, thing or organization|
|Leave the nest||Move away from parents’ home|
|Let the sleeping dogs lie||To ignore a problem as dealing with it could cause a more serious problem|
|Let the cat out of the bag||Reveal the secret|
|Make a mountain out of a mole-hill||Overstate something|
|Make yourself at home||Feel comfortable|
|Meat and potatoes||Basic and essential aspects|
|Memory like sieve||Very poor memory|
|Men make houses, women make homes||It’s a man who builds up a house for his family, but it’s woman who provides thing to turn it into home.|
|Name is mud||Disgrace or dishonor|
|Never say die||Used to encourage someone not to give up hope|
|Nine times out of ten||often|
|No spring chicken||Not young|
|Never in a million years||Impossible|
|Old wives’ tale||A widely held traditional belief which is now considered unscientific|
|On the horns of dilemma||Caught between two choices|
|On the same wavelength||Have the same thought|
|Once bitten, twice shy||A person who has failed doing something is careful about doing it again|
|Once in a blue Moon||Rarely|
|Pain in the neck||Nuisance|
|Picture paints a thousand words||One single image can convey a story more effectively|
|Pipe dream||An unattainable or fanciful scheme|
|Poetry in motion||Someone or something that moves in a way that is very graceful|
|Quick as a wink||Very fast|
|Quake like a leaf||Tremble|
|Race against time||A situation in which something must be done quickly|
|Rain cats and dogs||Rain heavily|
|Red-letter-day||Very important day|
|Reinvent the wheel||Waste a great deal of time or effort in creating something that already exists|
|Sail against the wind||To try to achieve something that is unlikely to succeed because most people would oppose it.|
|Salt of the earth||Very honest person|
|Save money for a rainy day||To reserve money for a difficult situation|
|Sell ice to Eskimos||To persuade people to go against their best interests or to accept something unnecessary|
|Take forty winks||Nap|
|Take French leave||Go without taking permission|
|Talk in circles||To repeat the same thing in a confusing manner without having any conclusion|
|Tall tale||Fanciful story|
|Under one’s thumb||Completely under one’s influence|
|Up in the air||Uncertain|
|Vanish into air||Disappear|
|Variety is the spice of life||People like variety|
|Wag one’s chin||To talk idly|
|Walk on air||Feel very happy|
|Wear your heart on your sleeve||To show one’s emotions very openly|
|Wet blanket||A person who spoils other people’s joy by failing to join in with or by disapproving of their activities|
|When pigs fly||Used to say that one thinks that something will never happen|
|Whet your appetite||To sharpen your desire for|
|X marks the spot||This is the exact spot|
|You can’t please everyone||Whatever you do, some people will not like it|
|Young at heart||Behaving or thinking like young person|
|Zero hour||The time when something important is planned to begin|
Examples for above Idioms:
Your wife is so upset. It seems to be a storm in a teacup.
At the eleventh hour, they asked me to welcome the guest.
All things being equal, I attend the wedding.
He wants a bite at the cherry to rectify his mistakes.
A leader’s popularity gives him an ace up his sleeve to win elections.
He acknowledged the corn that he was drunk then.
She is missing for few days, but nothing to worry, as a cat has nine lives.
Her father was blowing stack over his going to the cinema with friends.
Students burn midnight oil to pass the exams.
Her husband insulted her before all, but she had to bite the bullet.
Their house has all bells and whistles, but nobody is happy in it.
She bailed me out when my business collapsed.
Students of law must cut their teeth on advocacy and then practice.
When we crunched the numbers, we realised that it was not enough to buy a new house.
That lady is very outspoken. She calls a spade a spade.
You are just cutting off your nose to spite your face by leading such depressed life due to break-up with your partner.
You have no choice, but to draw a line in the sand and go ahead in life.
It is never of use to cry over spilt milk.
Her husband dances to her tunes all the time.
A good journalist is a devil’s advocate who encourages healthy discussion.
Don’t weep, the storm will pass, every dog has his day.
The speaker gave an elevator pitch to students about technology.
He had to eat crow after quarreling with his neighbor.
Don’t worry, you will accomplish this work too as you are an eager beaver.
We all believe that an early bird is really able to catch the worm.
She seems full of the joys of spring due to some reason.
I express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart.
She was running from pillar to post for her children.
He feels like a fish out of water in her absence.
Good marketing will grease the wheels of selling the products.
He was left out on a limb by his colleagues when the boss was scolding him.
She was grasping at straws to come out of depression.
His parents gave him the green light to marry his girlfriend.
When she saw the messy kitchen, she hit the roof.
They travelled highways and byways of the city to find him out.
She is going hell for leather to complete her project.
Election is a hot potato for them.
This company is one of the heavy hitters in the film industry.
Doing this course is not a rocket science.
It really true that it never rains, but pours. First she lost her husband, then she had to leave her house.
The man was in the driver’s seat, as he could take important decisions in the absence of his boss.
We go to that hotel every week, we are in a rut.
Are you calling me a liar? Well, if shoe fits, wear it.
A truck appeared all of a sudden, so I had to jam on the brakes.
I had to change the plan just in the nick of time.
Don’t look at the world with jaundiced eyes.
They had to jump through hoops to reach the peak of the mountain.
The pressure of exams jangled her nerves.
He is just Joe Bloggs.
You must always keep a civil tongue while speaking to elders.
Keep your eyes peeled for updates on exams.
He kicked the bucket in the prime of his life.
She knitted her brows while looking at him.
He knows law inside and out.
Building house is a labour of love for me.
Such a lame-duck he is!
Children have to leave the nest after growing up for their career.
He has just calmed down, let the sleeping dogs lie.
She let the cat out of the bag by telling him everything.
Don’t make a mountain out of a mole-hill, it’s not much important.
Please come in and make yourself at home.
Teaching in the classroom is the meat and potatoes of our profession.
He has a memory like sieve, don’t rely on him much.
He bought a new house and she decorated it beautifully, men make houses, women make homes.
Mend your ways, or your name will be mud soon.
Never say die, every cloud has a silver lining.
If you want anything, you get it nine times out of ten.
He is no spring chicken, but so fit.
This will happen never in a million years.
Drinking wine is good for flu is old wives’ tale.
She was on the horns of dilemma about getting married and choosing career.
They could succeed because they were on the same wavelength.
Since her daughter fell from the swing, she doesn’t like it anymore, once bitten, twice shy.
My father comes home once in a blue Moon.
He irritates me time and again, just a pain in the neck.
Show him the picture of it, as the picture paints a thousand words.
Going abroad is just a pipe dream for a lazy man like you.
When she dances, she is a poetry in motion.
He solved that problem as quick as a wink.
Because of cold, everybody was quaking like a leaf.
The man raced against time to complete his work.
It has been raining cats and dogs since yesterday.
It is a red-letter-day in my life.
He was very happy that he made a drone, but it was like reinventing the wheel.
Don’t sail against the wind, your father won’t like it.
He is salt of the earth.
We must save money for a rainy day.
He is very diplomatic and can sell ice to Eskimos.
I am going to take forty winks.
She always takes French leave.
Why are you talking in circles?
He is fond of telling tall tales.
She is under the thumb of her husband.
That plant is now up in the air.
Sorrows will vanish in the air, have patience.
Variety is the spice of life, we love tasting different cuisine every time in a hotel.
Don’t just wag your chin, do something.
He is walking on the air these days.
Why do you wear your heart on your sleeve always? It’s not good, people may take advantage of this.
He is wet blanket, always kills the joy of others.
I will do this, when pigs fly!
Whet your appetite for reading.
Put your table here, X marks the spot.
He got angry, leave it, you can’t please everyone.
He is very old, but still young at heart.
This is the zero hour to write your article.