20 Common English Idioms

15/02/2022

What are idioms and why do you need to learn them?
Idioms are phrases that have a different figurative meaning than the literal meanings of each word. They are commonly used by native speakers in everyday conversations, and by familiarising yourself with their meaning, you will be one step closer to speaking like a native.
20 Common English Idioms
Now it’s time to learn 20 of the most common English idioms, which will help you enhance your vocabulary and make your English more advanced. Are you ready? Let’s start:
1. A SNAKE IN THE GRASS
We use this idiom to talk about someone who pretends to be your friend while actually harming you.
Idiom - a snake in the grass

My neighbour is such a snake in the grass. I don’t trust her at all.

2. ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE
If we add fuel to the fire, we make a bad situation worse.
Idiom - Add fuel to the fire

If you keep yelling, it will only add fuel to the fire.

3. BE IN A PICKLE
If you are in a pickle, it means that you are in a difficult situation.
Idiom - Be in a pickle

He failed his exams and now he is in a pickle.

4. BIGGER FISH TO FRY
If you have bigger fish to fry, you have more important things to do.
English Idioms - bigger fish to fry

I can’t deal with this now. I have bigger fish to fry.

5. BREAK THE ICE
When we break the ice, we make people less nervous in a social situation.
English Idioms - break the ice

Everyone was quiet, so Jim broke the ice with a joke.

6. (AS) COOL AS A CUCUMBER

If you are as cool as a cucumber, you are very calm and relaxed.

Idiom - Cool as a cucumber

She is as cool as a cucumber when giving a presentation.

7. COST AN ARM AND A LEG
If something costs an arm and a leg, it is extremely expensive.
Cost an arm and a leg

The car cost them an arm and a leg.

8. GET COLD FEET

When you get cold feet, you feel too afraid to do something.

get cold feet

I was planning to go skydiving, but I got cold feet.

9. HANG IN THERE
“Hang in there” means “don’t give up”.
Hang in there

Hang in there! Exams are almost over.

10. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
If you have your head in the clouds, you are unaware of what is happening around you.
English Idioms - a head in the clouds

He has his head in the clouds if he thinks he will get promoted soon.

11. HEAD OVER HEELS
If you are head over heels, you are completely in love.
Head over heels

It was obvious that Jessica had fallen head over heels for Rick.

12. HIT THE BOOKS
If you hit the books, it means that you study hard.
Hit the books - English idioms

He can’t go out tonight. He needs to hit the books.

13. IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO
We use this idiom to say that a situation or argument involves two people and they are both responsible for it.
It takes two to tango

 Each side is blaming the other but it takes two to tango.

14. KICK THE BUCKET
If you kick the bucket, you die.
Idiom - kick the bucket

I have decided to donate my organs when I kick the bucket.

15. ON THE SAME PAGE
To be on the same page with someone means to understand and agree with them.
On the same page - English idioms

We are all on the same page for once.

16. PULL SOMEONE’S LEG
If you pull someone’s leg, you play a joke on them.
Pull someone's leg - idioms

Of course I won’t tell him; I’m only pulling your leg.

17. RAIN ON SOMEONE’S PARADE
If someone rains on your parade, they spoil your plans.
Idioms - rain on someone's parade

I’m sorry to rain on your parade, but the park is closed tomorrow.

18. RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES
To recharge your batteries means to rest or relax so that you get back your energy.
Recharge your batteries - idioms

I want to recharge my batteries and come back feeling fresh and positive.

19. UNDER THE WEATHER
If you feel under the weather, you feel ill.
Under the weather - English idiom

He did not go to work today, as he was feeling a bit under the weather.

20. WHEN PIGS FLY
We use this idiom to say that something will never happen.
When pigs fly - idioms

I think she’ll pay me back my money when pigs fly. 

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QUIZ – IDIOMS

1 / 5

She tried to _____ by talking to us about the weather.

2 / 5

I lost my passport during my trip last year. I _____!

3 / 5

I don’t like her. She’s _____.

4 / 5

He was already angry and her excuses only _____.

5 / 5

This dress is lovely, but it _____.

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