Great Teaching Ideas: Teaching Idioms


MEP 9TH Grade

What’s the meaning of Under the weather?

What’s the meaning of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel?

Most common Idioms to teach in the classroom

  1. Speak of the devil :  when the person you have just been talking about arrives.
  2. Sit on the fence: when someone does not want to choose or make a decision.
  3. Piece of cake: A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple
  4. Miss the boat: when someone missed his or her chance
  5. Make a long story short: Come to the point
  6. The Last straw: The final problem in a series of problems
  7. Jump on the bandwagon: Join a popular trend or activity.
  8. It takes two to tango: communication need more than one person
  9. under the weather: Feeling ill
  10. Devil’s Advocate: To present a counter argument
  11. Cut corners: to save money or effors by finding cheapers and easier way
  12. Can’t judge a book by its cover: Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.
  13. Blessing in disguise:  Something good that isn’t recognized at first.
  14. Barking up the wrong tree: Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person
  15. A needle in a haystack: Something it is difficult to locate

Find the meaning of these idioms by clicking the titles

School Idioms

  • To skip classes:
  • Copycat:
  • Bookworm:

Music Idioms

  • Like a broken record
  • ring a bell
  • blow your own trumpet

Weather Idioms

  • Raining cats and dogs
  • Lightning Fast
  • Snowed under

Jump Idioms

  • Jump ship
  • Jump at your own shadow

Food Idioms

  • Bad apple
  • Couch potato

Animal Idioms

  • top dog
  • cash cow
  • black sheep

Idioms about love

  • Pop the questions
  • fall for someone
  • double date
  • blind date
  • get dumped
  • tie the knot
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