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English idioms

What are idioms?

  • Idioms are words or phrases that aren’t meant to be taken literally and usually have
    a cultural meaning behind them.

  • Most of the English idioms you hear are offering advice’s but also contain some underlying principles and values.

Why should we learn English idioms?

  • When you learn English idioms and phrases you will sound more confident especially when you speak with native English speakers.

  • If you can’t understand idioms you will not be able to understand the context.

Here are the most common English idioms that will enrich your English vocabulary and make you sound like a native speaker!

  1. The best of both worlds – means you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time

  2. Speak of the devil – this means that the person you’re just talking about actually appears at that moment

  3. See eye to eye – this means agreeing with someone

  4. Once in a blue moon – an event that happens infrequently

  5. When pigs fly – something that will never happen

  6. To cost an arm and a leg – something is very expensive

  7. A piece of cake – something is very easy

  8. Let the cat out of the bag – to accidentally reveal a secret

  9. To feel under the weather – to not feel well

  10. To kill two birds with one stone – to solve two problems at once

  11. To cut corners – to do something badly or cheaply

  12. To add insult to injury – to make a situation worse

  13. You can’t judge a book by its cover – to not judge someone or something based solely on appearance

  14. Break a leg – means „good luck” (often said to actors before they go on stage)

  15. To hit the nail on the head – to describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem

  16. A blessing in disguise – a misfortune that eventually results in something good happening
    later on

  17. Call it a day – stop working on something

  18. Let someone off the hook – to allow someone, who have been caught, not to be punished

  19. No pain no gain – you have to work hard for something you want

  20. Bite the bullet – decide to do something unpleasant that you have avoiding doing

  21. Getting a taste of your own medicine – being treated the same unpleasant way you have treated others

  22. Giving someone the cold shoulder – to ignore someone

  23. The last straw – the final source of irritation for someone to finally lose patience

  24. The elephant in the room – a matter or problem that is obvious of great importance but that is not discussed openly

  25. Stealing someones thunder – taking credit for someone else achievements

  

Some useful idioms with colours:

Źródło: https://englishlive.ef.com/blog/language-lab/15-common-english-idioms-and-phrases/

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