What are idioms?


Idiomatic expressions or idioms are  a type of informal language that have a meaning different from the meaning of the words in the expression

An idiom is an expression that typically presents a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase.


in hot water

  • to be in difficulties, especially in serious trouble

butterflies in one’s stomach

  • to be very nervous and anxious


under the weather

  • to be or feel ill / sad or lack energy

hold your horses

  • to wait / slow down  / consider things carefully

 a piece of cake

  • something very easy to do

knock one’s socks off

  • to delight, thrill, amaze / impress

let the cat out of the bag

  • to reveal a secret, usually unintentionally

at the drop 

of a hat

  • immediately, without any delay or hesitation

cost an arm and a leg

  • to be very expensive

pull one’s leg

  • to play a joke, tease, trick someone in a friendly way

caught between two stools

  • to be unable to choose between two alternatives

lose one’s marbles

  • to act in a crazy or strange way

hit the sack

  • to go to bed

all ears

  • to be eager to hear / listen attentively

cold feet

  • to lose courage to do something you had planned



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