Learn English Idioms

A list of English idioms with definitions and examples:
a bit of fluff
(Also a bit of skirt.) A sexually attractive woman.
I saw him yesterday with a bit of fluff.
Category | Sexuality
a breath of fresh air
said about a new, fresh, and imaginative approach, a change that feels good.
The president says that the country needs a breath of fresh air.
Category | Nature
a clean bill of health
said when you examine someone or something and state that they are healthy, in good condition, or legal.
1. The president was given a clean bill of health by his doctors.
2. The company received a clean bill of health because it fulfilled all the safety requirements.
Category | Health
a dime's worth
an insignificant amount
At best, he'll make a dime's worth of difference with his interference in the affair.
Category | Money
a fool and his money are soon parted
this means that stupid people spend money without thinking about it enough.
John likes his extravagant lifestyle - but then a fool and his money are soon parted.
Category | Money
a little bird told me
said when you don't want reveal the source of your information.
"How did you know the news?"
"Oh, a little bird told me."
Category | Animals
a man of action
a man who is inclined to act first rather than think about things and discuss them.
Bill is really a man of action. Since he arrived at the top of the association, he has done so many
things.
Category | Men and women

for which no human is responsible. A man of action He is a man of few words. A natural disaster such . But when he speaks. Journalists considered that minister as the government's Achilles heel. such as an accident. He's a number cruncher. Number crunchers are used on election night to try and forecast the result. exempt from the laws that apply to everyone else. but she always gets things done. Category | sport a woman of few words (also a man of few words) a woman who doesn't speak much. Category | Law achilles heel said about a strong situation which contains an element of vulnerability. Nobody is above the law. He works for a big firm of accountants. Category | Men and women above the law Not subject to the law. A woman of action She is a woman of few words. He was so poor that he didn't have a roof over his head. he makes a lot of sense. It may also refer to a computer that is able to solve complicated problems of mathematics. Category | Home a whole new ball game a completely different situation. He has written so many short stories but writing a novel is a whole new ball game. Category | Men and women a number cruncher a number cruncher refers to someone whose job is to work with numbers and mathematics. 1.a man of few words (also a woman of few words) a man who doesn't speak much. Category | Parts of the body act of God something that ooccured. 2. Category | numbers a roof over your head a place to live.

. Category | Time against time (also against the clock) an attempt to finish something quickly within a time limit. Age before beauty. Category | Religion add fuel to the fire (also add fuel to the flames) to make a problem worse. The Haiti earthquake was really an act of God. Category | Relationship against the clock To work or race against the clock means to do something as fast as possible and try to finish it before a deadline. Now most often used humorously or lightheartedly. .. preference or sympathy for something or someone. Take a glass of adam's ale if you are thirsty.as a storm. earthquake. The students were racing against the clock to finish the paper before the deadline. you know. Category | Time age before beauty A phrase said to allow older people to go before younger ones. and usually said by a younger person to an older friend or relative out of mock pity for being so much older and unattractive. Category | Religion act one's age To be mature and not childish. He has an affinty for classical music. Category | Age adam's ale (old-fashioned) water. He is furious about what you have already done Category | Nature affinity for said about you have attraction . you first. Stop being childish and act your age. to say or do something that makes a bad situation worse. Please. Don't add fuel to the fire by laughing at him. It's going to be a race against the time to finish the project before the deadline.

typical or expected. Don't worry about your grandfather. Category | Clothes all in a day's work What is normal. 2. he is alive and kicking. With his new scientific discoveries. all that glitters is not gold. and all that jazz. or substance. Classical music is still alive and kicking among youngsters Category | Health all hat and no cattle Describing someone who is full of big talk but lacking action. power. healthy or successful. They enjoyed the party: cocktails. Category | Money all that jazz Everything else related to something. We expect our president to be effective in his job. he was ahead of his time.Category | Age ahead of one's time in advance of concurrent commonly accepted ideas. Category | Work all one’s eggs in one basket the state of having invested heavily in just one area or of having devoted all of one’s resources to one thing. Category | Time alive and kicking (also be alive and well) to continue to be well. The stock market decline wouldn’t have hurt him so badly if he hadn’t had all his eggs in one basket Category | Food all that glitters is not gold appearance is sometimes misleading. Grading my students' papers is all on a day's work for me. showing characteristics of changes yet to be. The house looks beautiful from the outside but the inside part of the house looks terrible. dancing. Things that appear valuable or worthwhile might not be as good as they look. present in one's work before later advances in the field. pretentious. . and other similar things. not a person who is all hat and no cattle. 1.

Category | General all walks of life Occupations. he lied and told her that is very rich. Her family didn't want her to get married to her new boyfriend. In love or in war. I was thinking along the lines of a vegetable garden. To get her to go out with him. if you kill someone. roles.) said to suggest that punishment should equal the crime. Category | War along the lines in a general direction or manner. That is. Category | Parts of the body . Category | General an act of war An act which is considered violent enough to cause war. In some countries. but I could be persuaded to include some perennials. social class. At the root of this principle is that one of the purposes of the law is to provide equitable retribution for an offended party. Category | War an arm and a leg a lot of money.Category | Music all the more even more. Category | Parts of the body an eye for an eye (also. These glasses cost me an arm and a leg. All's fair in love and war. justice operates on the principle of an eye for an eye. an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. but that just made her all the more determined. or lifestyle. Category | Life all's fair in love and war. you are allowed to be deceitful in order to get what you want. you desrve to die. Bombing the United States naval base at pearl harbor was considered an act of war. Those who attended the wedding represented all walks of life.

Category | Death any minute soon now (also any moment/second/time now) very soon The news about the president's resignation will be broadcasted on TV any moment now. That horrible hotel was a case of any port in a storm as we couldn't find any place to spend the night. Category | Furniture as bald as a cue ball (also as bald as a coot) completely bald. His son is the apple of his eye.another nail in one's coffin One in a series of events which lead to downfall or inevitable failure. divorce is just another nail in his coffin. We were just talking about you. he has no experience in the subject but he is ready to give plenty of advice. Are your ears burning? Category | Parts of the body armchair critic An armchair critic is a person who knows or pretends to know a lot about something in theory rather than practice. Category | Travel apple of somebody's eye said about someone whom you love the most and you are very proud of. Category | Time any port in a storm An unfavorable option which might well be avoided in good times but which nevertheless looks better than the alternatives at the current time. His father was as bald as a cue ball! Category | sport as blind as a bat . Category | Food are your ears burning? said about someone who was not present but was the topic of discussion. After the bankruptcy and the death of his only son. He is such an armchair critic.

Category | Health as gentle as a lamb Said about kind . Category | Travel at your mother's knee said about something that you learned when you were a child. Category | Animals at death's door About to die. Category | Parts of the body . Category | Death at the wheel Driving. or at death's door. in a life-threatening state of health There were rumors that the president was murdered. He is as blind as a bat. You know he fell asleep at the wheel. That's why everybody likes her. in control of a vehicle.Said about someone who can't see very well or can't see anything at all. She is as gentle as a lamb. mild-mannered people. He must wear glasses. innocent. They were so lucky they didn't have an accident. She learned to sing at her mother's knee.

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