Some idiom


I want to share about some common idiom

Idiom Mean
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might lose everything.
A blessing in disguise Something good that isn’t recognized at first.
A chip on your shoulder Being upset for something that happened in the past
A dime a dozen Anything that is common and easy to get
A doubting Thomas A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something
A drop in the bucket A very small part of something big whole
A fool and his money are easily parted It’s easy for a foolish person to lose his/her money
A house divided against itself cannot stand Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out
A leopard can’t change his spots You can’t change who you are
A penny saved is a penny earned By not spending money, you are saving money (little by little
A picture paints a thousand words A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words
A piece of cake A task that can be accomplished very easily
A slap on the wrist A very mind punishment
A taste of your own medicine When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat
A toss-up A result that is still unclear and can go either way
Actions speak louder than words It’s better to actually do something than just talk about it
Add fuel to the fire Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is
Against the clock Rushed and short on time
All bark and no bite When someone is threatening and/or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight
All Greek to me Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak, or understand any of the Greek language would be
All in the same boat When everyone is facing the challenges
An arm and a leg Very expensive. A large amount of money
An axe to grind To have a dispute with someone
Apple of my eye Someone who is cherished above all others
As high as a kite Anything that is high up in the sky
At the drop of a hat Willing to do something immediately
Back seat driver People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice from the back seat of a vehicle to the driver
Back to square one Having to start all over again
Back to the drawing board When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over
Baker’s dozen Thirteen
Barking up the wrong tree A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve
Beat a dead horse To force an issue that has already ended
Beating around the bush Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue
Bend over backwards Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything
Between a rock and a hard place Stuck between two very bad options
Bite off more than you can chew To take on a task that is way to big
Bite your tongue To avoid talking
Blood is thicker than water The family bond is closer than anything else
Blue moon A rare event or occurance
Break a leg A superstitious way to say ‘good luck’ without saying ‘good luck’, but rather the opposite
Buy a lemon The purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it away
Can’t cut the mustard Someone who isn’t adequate enough to compete or participate
Cast iron stomach Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything drinking anything
Charley horse Stiffness in the leg/a leg cramp
Chew someone out Verbally scold someone
Chip on his shoulder Angry today about something that occurred in the past
Chow down To eat
Close but no cigar To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short
Cock and bull story An unbelievable tale
Come hell or high water Any difficult situation or obstacle
Crack someone up To make someone laugh
Cross your fingers To hope that something happens the way you want it to
Cry over spilt milk When you complain about a loss from the past
Cry wolf Intentionally raise a false alarm
Cup of Joe A cup of coffee
Curiosity killed the cat Being inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation
Cut to the chase Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point
Dark horse One who was previously unknown and is now prominent
Dead ringer 100% identical. A duplicate
Devil’s advocate Someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that particular side of the argument. It can also mean one who presents a counter argument for a position they do believe in, to another debater
Dog days of summer The hottest days of the summer season
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch Don’t rely on it until you sure of it
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth When someone gives you a gift, don’t be ungrateful
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket Don’t put all your resources in one possibility
Doozy Something outstanding
Down to the wire Something that ends at the last minute or last few seconds
Drastic times call for drastic measures When you are extremely desperate you need to take extremely desperate actions
Drink like a fish To drink very heavily
Drive someone up the wall To irritate and/or annoy very much
Dropping like flies A large number of people either falling ill or dying
Dry run Rehearsal
Eighty six A certain items in no longer available. Or this idiom can also mean, to throw away
Elvis has left the building The show has come to an end. It’s all over
Ethnic cleansing Killing or a certain ethnic or religious group on a massive scale
Every cloud has a silver lining Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better day
Everything but the kitchen sink Almost everything and anything has been included
Excuse my French Please forgive me for cussing
Feeding frenzy An aggressive attack on someone by a group
Field day An enjoyable day or circumstance
Finding your feet To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing
Finger licking good A very tasty food or meal
Fixed in your ways Not willing or wanting to change from your normal way of doing something
Flash in the pan Something that shows potential or looks promising in the beginning but fails to deliver anything in the end
Flea market A swap meet. A place where people gather to buy and sell inexpensive goods
Flesh and blood This idiom can mean living material of which people are made of, or it can refer to someone’s family
Flip the bird To raise your middle finger at someone
Foam at the mouth To enraged an show it
Fools’ gold Iron pyrites, worthless rock that resembles real gold
French kiss An open mouth kiss where tongues touch
From rags to riches To go from being very poor to being very wealthy
Fuddy-duddy An old-fashioned and foolish type of person
Full monty This idiom can mean either, “the whole thing” or “completely nude”
Funny farm A mental institutional facility
Get down to brass tacks To become serious about something
Get over it To move beyond something that is bothering you
Get up on the wrong side of the bed Someone who is having a horrible day.
Get your walking papers Get fired from a job
Give him the slip To get away from. To escape
Go down like a lead balloon To be received badly by an audience
Go for broke To gamble everything you have
Go out on a limb Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/something
Go the extra mile Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand
Good Samaritan Someone who helps other when they are in need, with no discussion for compensation, and no thought of a reward
Graveyard shift Working hours from about 12.00 am to 8.00 am. The time of the day when most other people are sleeping
Great minds think alike Intelligent people think like each other
Green room The waiting room especially for those who are about to go on a TV or radio show
Gut feeling A personal intuition you get, especially when feel something may not be right

happy reading 😀

~ by n i w on March 11, 2013.

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