Idiom of the Day
An idiom is the phrase or group of words that has a figurative meaning, typically because of its common usage.
An idiom’s symbolic sense is quite different from the literal meaning or definition of the words of which it is made. There are a large number of Idioms and they used very commonly in all languages. There are approximately at least 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language.
Idioms in fact, evolve the language and they are the building blocks of a language and civilization as well they have great intensity to make a language interesting and dynamic. Idioms bring the spectacular illustration to the speech. They provide interesting insights into languages and thought processes of their speakers. They have a sense of mystery and fun about them.
So what makes idioms difficult?
The answer is their “meaning”. Idioms are not easy to understand especially for those who hear it very first time because their meanings are usually metaphorical. This characteristic of idioms makes them strange and difficult to understand for non-native speakers.
Top 10 Common Idioms
List of top 10 most common English idioms and phrases with their meaning and examples for students and teachers also frequently asked in competitive exams. Though, the popularity of the idioms may vary from region to region still the list is rather popular around the globe.
- piece of cake
- Meaning: something that is easy to do.
Example: Making the paper boat is a piece of cake.
- a hot potato
- Meaning: a controversial issue or situation that is awkward or unpleasant to deal with.
Example: Abusing and fighting in my school is like a hot potato.
- once in a blue moon
- Meaning: very rarely.
Example: I go to meet my grandfather only once in a blue moon, he lives in farm house.
- a bed of roses
- Meaning: easy option.
Example: Taking care of my younger sister is not a bed of roses, she is very silly.
- raining cats and dogs
- Meaning: raining very heavily.
Example: I wanted to go to play outside, but it was raining cats and dogs yesterday.
- when pigs fly
- Meaning: something that will never happen or impossible.
Example: William can keep quiet only when pigs fly.
- devil’s advocate
- Meaning: one who presents a counter argument.
Example: Hey! Jack don’t be a devil’s advocate, mind your own business.
- miss the boat
- Meaning: miss the chance.
Example: It was a drawing competition and Peter missed the boat.
- apple of eye
- Meaning: someone very precious or dear.
Example: Every kid is the apple of eye of their parents in the world.
- zip your lip
- Meaning: to stop talking.
Example: All the students must zip your lip during the examination.
- not the sharpest tool in the shed
- not the sharpest tool in the shed Meaning someone who is not very clever, according to others not very intelligent a bit slow slightly (or a lot) behind ... Read on
- a trip to the sun
- a trip to the sun Meaning something which is very unlikely some task or activity or anything which is impossible to achieve something which is never going to ... Read on
- touch off
- touch off Meaning to ignite a thought to make someone angry by inciting a thought to excite someone to gather traction on a thought or action to brush ... Read on
- eat like a horse
- eat like a horse Meaning to eat a lot to have a very healthy appetite to eat voraciously, greedily, quickly, hungrily, maybe even savagely to devour food like ... Read on
- time flies
- time flies also, how time flies Meaning for a particular phase in life to seem shorter than it really was to feel like the good part of life ... Read on
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