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English Idiom List!

Welcome to the ultimate guide to English idioms! Here you will find a comprehensive list of idioms, each with a detailed explanation and example sentences (click through the images to read more).

Idiom – Cakewalk

English Idiom – Cakewalk. Meaning – The idiom cakewalk is used to describe something that is very easy to do. It is often used to describe a task…

Idiom – Rule of Thumb

English Idiom – Rule of Thumb. Meaning – A rough guide or general principle, usually based on experience or practical wisdom. A guideline that is used to make…

Idiom – Long Shot

English Idiom – Long Shot. Meaning – Used to describe something that has a very small chance of success, or that is unlikely to happen. This expression is…

Idiom – Feel Blue

English Idiom – Feel Blue. Meaning – To feel sad or depressed. This expression can be used to describe any unhappy feeling you may have. Colours and Emotions: Different colours…

Idiom – Ring A Bell

English Idiom – Ring a bell or Ring any bells. Meaning – To sound or seem familiar. If something rings a bell it awakens a memory or reminds you of something. This…

Idiom – On Thin Ice

English Idiom – On Thin Ice or Be Skating/Treading/Walking On Thin Ice. Meaning – To be doing something dangerous or risky. If someone is on thin ice they are doing…

Idiom – Smell A Rat

English Idiom – To smell a rat. Meaning – To suspect that something is wrong or that something dishonest is happening.  You can use this expression when you recognize that…

Idiom – Right As Rain

English Idiom – Right as rain or As right as rain Meaning – In good order or in good health. To be completely healthy or well again after an illness or…

Idiom – Kangaroo Court

English Idiom – Kangaroo Court. Meaning – An unofficial or unauthorised “mock” court. This expression can be used to refer to an unofficial court or a court that exists to come…

Idiom – Catch Somebody’s Eye

English Idiom – Catch somebody’s eye. Meaning – To attract someone’s attention or interest. This expression can be used when you make eye contact (two people look directly into each other’s…

Idiom – Be Like Talking To A Brick Wall

English Idiom – (Be) Like talking to a brick wall. Meaning – To be completely ignored by someone. This expression is used when the person you are speaking to does not…

Idiom – Elephant In The Room

English Idiom – Elephant in the room or Elephant in the living room. Meaning – An obvious and significant issue or problem that is present but deliberately ignored…

Idiom – Light At The End Of The Tunnel

English Idiom – Light at the end of the tunnel. Meaning – The end of a difficult situation, or the solution to a problem. If there is light at the…

Idiom – As One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

English Idiom – As one door closes, another door opens or As one door closes, another one opens. Meaning – As one opportunity ends, another opportunity often follows. If one…

Idiom – Not A Dry Eye In The House

English Idiom – Not a dry eye in the house. Meaning – This expression is used to say that everyone (in a place) was emotional about something. Everyone in…

Idiom – Hold Your Horses

English Idiom – Hold your horses. Meaning – Wait. This expression is a command that tells someone to stop doing something or to wait for a moment. Hold your…

Idiom – Pull Your Socks Up

English Idiom – Pull your socks up or Pull up your socks. Meaning – To do better. To make a real effort to improve. If you pull your socks up…

Idiom – Pipe Dream

English Idiom – Pipe dream. Meaning – An idea or plan that is very unlikely to happen. An impossibility or an unrealistic dream. A pipe dream is a dream that…

Idiom – Under The Weather

English Idiom – Under the weather. Meaning – To be feeling unwell. If you are under the weather you are feeling poorly or generally run-down (feeling bad because you…

Idiom – Square The Circle

English Idiom – Square the circle. Meaning – To try to do something that is impossible. An attempt to do something that is extremely difficult and is unlikely to be…

Idiom – Tread Water

English Idiom – Tread water. Meaning – To be active but not make progress towards something. To put time and effort into something, but not get much of a…

Idiom – Face The Music

English Idiom – Face the music. Meaning – To accept responsibility for something you have done. To accept the consequences or criticism for your actions. If you face…

Idiom – On The Same Page

English Idiom – On the same page. Meaning – To be in agreement on something. If everyone is on the same page then multiple people have come to…

Idiom – Avoid Like The Plague

English Idiom – Avoid (something or someone) like the plague. Meaning – To completely avoid something or someone. To avoid at any cost. If you avoid something or…