100 idiomatic expressions and Meaning

100 idiomatic expressions and Meaning

Barrel of laugh: someone who is very funny

Old as the hills: some who is very old

In the doghouse: To have some unhappy with you

Up for grabs: Available for anyone

Split hairs: Argue or worry about small details

Round the bend: Crazy, insane

See eye to eye: To concur, agree

Break a leg: Good luck

Ball is in your court: It is up to you to make the next decision or step

Barking up the wrong tree: Looking in the wrong place.

Be glad to see the back of: Be happy when a person leaves.

Against The Clock: Rushed and short on time.

Don’t judge a book by its cover: Don’t judge something primarily by its appearance.

Thanks to: Due to

Ball is in your court: It is up to you to make the next decision or step

Blind date: A date where the two people have never met before

Get along with: To have a good relationship with someone

Kick The Bucket: Die

Oddball: a weirdo or a strange person

Knee Jerk Reaction: A quick and automatic response

Hang in there: Don’t give up

Pull yourself together: Calm down

So far so good: Things are going well so far

Down-To-Earth: sensible and realistic

Curiosity killed the cat: Being too curious can get you into trouble

9 Elvis has left the building:The show has come to an end It’s all over

2 Last straw: The final problem in a series of problems

Joined at the hip: to be exceptionally close to someone

Elbow grease: hard physical efford

Forty winks: a short nap

30 Common English idioms and their meanings

Idioms About WEATHER in English

Come rain or shine Whatever happens
On cloud nine Very happy
Brainstorm To generate many ideas quickly
Take sth by storm to overwhelm s.one or s.thing by becoming famous quickly
Stealing my thunder Making people pay attention to you
A cold day in July Something that will never happen
Take a rain check Decline an invitation but maybe you will accept it another time
A ray of sunshine Something that brings happiness to someone
Once in a blue moon Very rarely

Idioms about Colors in English

Red tape

Official or bureaucratic tasks

To be yellow

To be cowardly

To see red

To be very angry

Black out


Black and blue

Describe something that is badly bruised

Golden opportunity

The perfect chance

Have the blues

Be sad or depressed

Black sheep

A person who is a disgrace to a family or group
Idioms About Human Body

All ears

Fully listening

Keep an eye on

Take care of, watch in order to protect

Joined at the hip

To be exceptionally close to someone

Pat on the back

Recognition or a thank-you

See eye to eye


On the nose

Precisely, at an exact time

sight for sore eyes

Someone that you’re pleased to see

Cost an arm and a leg

Be very expensive


Idioms About Knowledge

Two heads are better than one

My son, don’t forget; Two heads are better than one

Learn the ropes

It didn’t take her new assistant long to learn the ropes.

Doing your homework

You can’t play game any more until you do your homework!

Under one’s belt

She has almost a year as minister under her belt.

Pick his brain

You should pick Mary’s brain sometime; she knows all about math.

Be common knowledge

It’s common knowledge that she is a beautiful girl.

As far as anyone knows

As far as anyone knows, this is the last of the great herds of buffalo.

Knowledge is power

In this situation, knowledge is power.


Idioms About SCHOOL


Someone who reads a lot

Brainstorm something

To think of new ideas

Skip class

To not go to school when you should

Teacher’s pet

The teacher’s favourite student

As easy as ABC

Very easy

Cover a lot of ground

Complete a lot of material in a class

Eager beaver

Someone who works hard and is very enthusiastic


Someone who copies the work of another person


To stop attending school

Pass with flying colors

To experience particular trouble or difficulty


Idioms With Heart

Have a heart Be merciful
Have you heart set on something To want something very much
Eat your heart out We say this when we make someone jealous
In a heartbeat Very quickly withous any hesitation
heart of stone No feelings
Lose one’s heart to Fall in love
Cross my heart Tell the truth
Heart and soul Completely; entirely
Wears heart on his sleeve Always lets feeling be known
Broken heart To lose love
Know by heart Memorize


Idioms About FOOD

Souped up

Made more powerful or stylish

Sell like hot cakes

Bought by many people

Big cheese 

Very important person (VIP)

Cream of the crop

The best

Butter someone up

Be extra nice to someone

One smart cookie

A very intelligent person

Egg someone on

Urge someone to do something

Hard nut to crack

Difficult to understand, often a person

Cool as a cucumber

Very relaxed

Apple of ones eye

A person that is adored by someone


Medical and Health Idioms

As fit as a fiddle To be heathy and phsically fit
At death’s door Very near death
As pale as a ghost Extremely pale
Bitter pill to swallow An unpleasant fact that one must accept
Get a charley horse To develop a cramp in the arm or the leg
Have one foot in the grave To be near death
Run in the family To be a common family characteristic
Under the weather Not feeling well
Sick and tired of Extremely annoyed by something that occurs repeatedly
Go under the knife Undergo surgery


Idioms About FAMILY

Helicopter Parenting

Over attentive child-raising

Bobs Your Uncle

The rest is easy; you’re almost finished

My Old Man, My Old Lady

My spouse

Pop the Question

Propose marriage

Up the Duff


Like Taking Candy from a Baby

Very easy

Accident Of Birth

Luck in something due to family good fortune

One big happy family

A group of people who live or work together or in close proximity

Family man

A man devoted to taking care of his wife and children

Spitting Image

Have a strong resemblance, often familiar


Idioms About Science and Technology

On another planet

not paying attention, acting strangely

Bells and whistles

extra features and trimmings

To blow a fuse

to lose your temper

Cutting edge

advanced and innovative

shoulder to cry on

someone who listens to your problems

By Hook or by Crook

By some possibly dishonest means

Tpush someone’s buttons

to provoke someone

Cog in the machine

said about one part of a large system or organization

Get your wires crossed

being confused or not understanding someone

At boiling point

reached one’s limit in patience or temper

Blow a fuse

become very angry/lose one’s temper

Not rocket science

easy to do or understand

a piece of cake

A task that can be accomplished very easily.

up and running

properly functioning