The 60 Most Useful Idioms


An Idiom is a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word on its own. These are the Most Useful idioms in English

1.Beat around the bush: It is used when you avoid the main topic.

2.Cry over spilt milk: It is used when you complain about a loss from the past.

3.Take with a grain of salt: It is used when you don’t take what someone says too seriously.

4. Cut Corners:  It is used when you do something bad to save money

5. Devil’s Advocate: It is used when you present a counter argument

6. The Best of Both Worlds:  It is used when you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time.

7. Speak of the devil: It is used when you are speaking about somebody and that person turns up at the moment.

8. Once in a blue moon: It is used when an event doesn’t happen too often

9. When Pigs fly: It is used when something will never happen.

10. To cost an arm and a leg: It is used when something is very expensive

Most Useful Idioms - A piece of Cake

11. A piece of Cake: It is used when something is really easy.

12. To feel under the weather: It is used when you don’t feel well.

13. Break a leg: It is used when you wanna wish somebody luck.

14. Cut somebody some slack: When you want somebody not to be so critical of another person.

15. Get out of hand: When something goes out of control.

16. Hang it there: Something you say when you don’t want somebody to give u

17. It is not Rocket Science:  Something you say to mean that a  topic is not complicated.

18. Make a long story short: When you wanna tell a story briefly.

19. Miss the Boat:  It is used when it is too late to take an opportunity

20. No Pain, No Gain:  it means that you have to work hard for what you want

Most Useful Idioms - A Blessing in Disguise

21. That’s the last straw: When something runs out your patience.

22. A Blessing In Disguise: Something good that isn’t recognized at first.

23. Add Fuel To The Fire: When  somebody’s words make the situation worse

24. To be in the same Boat: To be in the same unpleasant situation as other people.

25. Back To The Drawing Board: Back to the beginning of a process to start it again, because it is not working

26. Barking Up The Wrong Tree: Trying to do something in a way that will not work

27. Bite your Own Tongue: To stop yourself from saying something that you would really like to say.

28. Cute to the Chase: To talk about or deal with the important parts of a subject and not waste time with things that are not important.

29. Drop Like Flies: If people are dropping like flies, they are dying or falling down in large numbers

Most Useful Idiom - Excuse my French

30. Excuse My French: Said when you are pretending to be sorry for using a word that may be considered offensive.

31. Flip The Bird:  To raise your middle finger at someone

32. From Rags to Riches: Used to describe what happens to a person who was poor but becomes rich.

33. Go For Broke:  To gamble everything you have.

34. Hit The Books:  To study, especially for a test or exam.

35. Hit The Sack:  Go to bed or go to sleep

36. Hold Your Horses:  Be patient.

37. In The Heat Of The Moment: Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.

38. It takes two to Tango: Any activity needs two people who are willing to take part for it to happen

39. Kick the Bucket: To die

40. Knock on Wood:  It is said in order to avoid bad luck

Most Useful Idioms - Loose Canon

41. Loose Cannon: Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check.

42. Make No Bones About:  To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections.

43 . Off The Hook:  No longer have to deal with a tough situation.

44. Off the Record: Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn’t want attributed to him/her.

45. On the Same Page: To understand and agree with what is being done or suggested

46. On The Fence:  When you are undecided

47. Out Of The Blue:  Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.

48. Raining Cats and Dogs:  A very loud and noisy rain storm.

49. Scapegoat: Someone else who takes the blame.

Most Useful Idioms - Rat

50. Smell A Rat: To believe that something dishonest, illegal, or wrong has happened

51. Start From Scratch: From the beginning again, not using all the work that you have done before

52. Tie the knot: To get married

53. Rise and Shine:  Said to tell someone to wakeup and get out of bed

54.  Let the cat out of the bag: It means to disclose a secret that was supposed to be kept secret.

55. You can’t judge a book by its cover: it means that you don’t have to make decisions based on appearances.

56. To stab someone in the back: It  means to hurt someone who was close to us and trusted us

57. Up in the Air: It means that something is uncertain and unsure

58. To Lose your Touch: When you lose your ability or talent

59. Ring a Bell: It  means that somebody has mentioned something that sounds familiar to you

60. To Be on the Ball: To be very prepared for something or react quickly (and correctly) to a situation.

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