List of 30 Idioms


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Common Idioms Used in English

Idiom Meaning
a blessing in disguise some good that may come from an otherwise bad event
bark up the wrong tree addressing the wrong issue or pursuing the wrong course of action
beat around the bush talking but not addressing the main issue or question
bend over backward for someone to go to extraordinary lengths to accommodate someone
bite the bullet  do something difficult that you have been avoiding but know needs doing
break the ice put people at ease after a tense moment
call it a day stop after a period of work often expecting to start again the next day
cut corners miss out steps for quickness when doing a task, hoping their absence won't matter
don't burn any bridges avoid destroying a relationship with the future in mind
don't judge a book by its cover something or someone may be quite different from initial observation after a closer look
fit as a fiddle very healthy
get a taste of your own medicine suffer the same consequences as you have created for others
give someone the cold shoulder ignore someone on purpose
go back to the drawing board stop, rethink, and restart from the beginning
having bigger fish to fry having things that are more important or rewarding than what is being discussed
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Idiom Meaning
kill two birds with one stone achieve two outcomes with a single action
let the cat out of the bag tell a secret, perhaps inadvertently
like a fish out of the water uncomfortable and performing poorly
live and learn make a mistake but learn from it
miss the boat be late for something that is now beyond you
on thin ice a risky or perilous position
play devil's advocate argue the opposite case, either to examine it closer or just to have an argument
rain on someone's parade do or say something that diminishes another's achievement
save for a rainy day keep something for use later when it might be more needed
straight from the horse’s mouth to hear from whoever witnessed or participated in the event
the ball is in your court you need to respond before the matter progresses
the devil is in the details something may look good but, until specific details are known, may not be
to be as right as rain to feel very well and healthy
under the weather to feel unwell or sick (but not very)
wouldn’t hurt a fly someone who is gentle and never aggressive
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