english idioms & phrasal verbs

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a phrase saying or a group of words with a metaphorical (not literal) meaning that has become accepted in common usage.

An idiom’s symbolic sense is quite different from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made. There are a large number of idioms, and they are used very commonly in all languages. There are estimated to be at least 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language. Here are some common idioms: She has a bun in the oven = She is pregnant. Let’s paint the town red = Let’s have a good time in town.

What are phrasal verbs?

Phrasal verbs are phrases that indicate actions. They are generally used in spoken English and informal texts. Examples of such verbs include: turn down, come across, and run into. Sometimes, it isn’t easy to understand the meaning of phrasal verbs. Before looking them up in a dictionary, it would be helpful to use the context to understand them.

In this section – ENGLISH IDIOMS & PHRASAL VERBS, you will find idioms and phrasal verbs that are often used in English.

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pull yourself together

Idiom 30

pull yourself together

to have a lot on one's `late

Idiom 29

to have a lot on one's late

fair-weather friend

Idiom 28

fair-weather friend

fake it till you make it

Idiom 27

Fake it till you make it

an early bird

Idiom 26

An early bird

bite the bullet

Idiom 25

Bite the bullet

a perfect storm

Idiom 24

A perfect storm

buy a lemon

Idiom 23

Buy a lemon

Hit the books

Idiom 22

Hit the books

its not rocket science

Idiom 21

It's not rocket science

butter sb up

Idiom 20

Butter sb up

life is just a bowl of cherries

Idiom 19

Life is just a bowl of cherries

A blessing in disguise

Idiom 18

A blessing in disguise

bite of more than you can chew

Idiom 17

Bite off more than you can chew

old chestnut

Idiom 16

Old chestnut

on the ball

Idiom 15

On the ball

be full of beans

Idiom 14

Be full of beans

be in a pickle

Idiom 13

Be in a pickle

My brother's always the life of the party

Idiom 12

"My brother's always the life of the party"

cold snap

Idiom 11

Cold snap

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth

Idiom 10

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth

idioms

Idiom 9

Good things come in small packages

a white Christmas

Idiom 8

A white Christmas

Help (sb) out

Phrasal verb 5

Help (sb) out

Be in hot water English Idioms & Phrasal Verbs

Idiom 4

Be in hot water

Be made for each other English Idioms & Phrasal Verbs

Idiom 3

Be made for each other

2 - A leopard doesn't change its spots

Idiom 2

A leopard doesn't change its spots

sleep like a log

Idiom 1

Sleep like a log

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