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100 Most Useful Idioms in English

100 Most Useful Idioms in English


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

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