Common idioms In English
Carla M.
em 16 de Abril de 2019
  • A bull in a china shop 

Meaning: Someone who is very clumsy

  • A grey area

Meaning: Something unclear

  • A little birdie told me

Meaning: Someone told me a secret

  • A rip-off

Meaning: Too expensive

  • Add fuel to the fire

Meaning: To add more to an existing problem

  • As easy as ABC

Meaning: Something is very easy

  • Bee in her bonnet

Meaning: She is upset

  • Birdbrain

Meaning: Someone who is not very smart

  • Busy as a bee

Meaning: To be very active and working hard at something

  • Call it a day

Meaning: Time to quit

  • Cat got your tongue?

Meaning: Why aren’t you talking?

Meaning: To be very calm under stress

  • Crack a book

Meaning: Open up a book and study

  • Cross your fingers

Meaning: For good luck

  • Cry crocodile tears

Meaning: To pretend to be upset

  • Curiosity killed the cat

Meaning: Asking too many questions may get you in trouble

  • Different kettle of fish

Meaning: Something completely different

  • Doggy bag

Meaning: A bag to take home leftovers from a restaurant

  • Down to the wire

Meaning: At the last minute

  • Draw a blank

Meaning: Can’t remember

  • Fell on deaf ears

Meaning: People wouldn’t listen to something

  • Fill in the blanks

Meaning: Provide more information

  • Fish out of water

Meaning: Being somewhere you don’t belong

  • For the birds

Meaning: Something that is not worth anything

  • Get a kick out of it

Meaning: Really enjoy/like something

  • Get cold feet

Meaning: Be nervous

  • Get off your high horse

Meaning: Quit thinking you are better than others

  • Get your act together

Meaning: Behave properly

  • Give it a shot

Meaning: To try to do something

  • Giving the cold shoulder

Meaning: Ignore someone

  • Goose is cooked

Meaning: Now you’re in trouble

  • Have a change of heart

Meaning: Changed your mind

  • Have mixed feelings

Meaning: Be unsure of how you feel

  • Have second thoughts

Meaning: Have doubts

  • Hold your horses

Meaning: Wait a minute

  • Horse of a different color

Meaning: Something that is quite different, a separate issue

  • Hot dog

Meaning: A person doing athletic stunts that are dangerous

  • I’m all ears

Meaning: You have my full attention

  • In hot water

Meaning: Be in trouble

  • In the same boat

Meaning: Be in the same situation

  • It cost an arm and a leg

Meaning: It was expensive

  • It’s in the bag

Meaning: It’s a certainty

Meaning: To say you can’t be fooled by someone since you have them figured out

  • Let the cat out of the bag

Meaning: Tell a secret

  • Make a mountain out of a molehill

Meaning: Make something unimportant into a big deal

  • Miss the boat

Meaning: You missed your chance

  • Mumbo jumbo

Meaning: To call something total nonsense

  • Night owl

Meaning: Someone who stays up late

  • Out of the blue

Meaning: With no warning

  • Pass with flying colors

Meaning: To succeed at something easily

  • Piece of cake

Meaning: Something very easy

  • Pig out

Meaning: To eat a lot

  • Play it by ear

Meaning: Improvise

  • Put a bug in his ear

Meaning: Make a suggestion

  • Raining cats and dogs

Meaning: It is raining very hard

  • Read between the lines

Meaning: Find the hidden meaning

  • Second to none

Meaning: The best

  • See eye to eye

Meaning: Agree

  • Slipped my mind

Meaning: I forgot

  • Snail’s pace

Meaning: To move extremely slow

  • Speak your mind

Meaning: Say what you really feel

  • Stir a hornet’s nest

Meaning: To cause a lot of trouble

  • Teacher’s pet

Meaning: The teacher’s favorite student

  • The icing on the cake

Meaning: Something additional that turns good into great

  • The world is your oyster

Meaning: You can achieve whatever/go wherever you want

  • When pigs fly 

Meaning: To say something is impossible

  • Wolf in sheep’s clothing

Meaning: A person who pretends to be nice but is not

  • You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Meaning: It’s harder for older people to learn new things

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