English Idioms

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.

to talk shop

the latest idiom

to talk shop

a hard pill to swallow

idiom 30

a hard pill to swallow

burn candle at both ends

idiom 29

burn the cnadle at both ends

bite the bullet

idiom 28

bite the bullet

let the cat out of the bag

idiom 27

don't let the cat out of the bag

eat drink and be marry

idiom 26

eat, drink and be merry

English Idioms - White Christmas

idiom 25

white Christmas

to cost an arm and a leg

idiom 24

to cost an arm and a leg

blow off steam

idiom 23

blow off steam

to lose one's mind

idiom 22

to close one's mind

Im all ears

idiom 21

i'm all ears

Ants in your pants

idiom 20

have ants in your pants

Go Bananas

idiom 19

go bananas

Call the shots

idiom 18

call the shots

When Pigs Fly

idiom 17

when pigs fly

Call It a Day

idiom 16

call it s day

Under the weather

idiom 15

under the weather

Cutting corners

idiom 14

cutting corners

to lose one's touch

idiom 13

to lose one's touch

to hit the sack

idiom 12

to hit the sack

your guess is as good as mine

idiom 11

your guess is as good as...

speak one's mind

idiom 10

speak one's mind

kill two birds with one stone

idiom 9

kill two birds with one stone

hit the nail on the head

idiom 8

hit the nail on the head

cry over spilled milk

idiom 7

cry over

take a rain check on something

idiom 6

take a rain check on...

actions speak louder than words

idiom 5

actions speak louder...

to have-get cold feet

idiom 4

to have/ get cold feet

be in two minds

idiom 3

be in two minds

pull yourself together

idiom 2

pull yourself together

to have a lot on one's `late

idiom 1

to have a lot on one's plate

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