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Common Idioms

Common Idioms
Getting fired turned out to be a blessing in disguise. ...
These red poppies are a dime a dozen. ...
Common Idioms

Common Idioms
The examples below demonstrate how you can't really deduce the meaning of these expressions without knowing what they mean. The next time someone says they're feeling "under the weather," you'll know it has nothing to do with weather patterns, but rather that they're feeling quite ill.


  • Egg head:🥚🥚 
  • a very studious and academic person.
  • “Jagan passed all of this exams. He is such an egg head!”
  • Big cheese:🧀🧀
  •  an influential person.
  •  “Tarun is the boss of the whole sales and marketing department. He is a big cheese.”
  • Couch potato:🥔🥔
  •  a lazy person who watches too much TV.
  • “Haritha is such a couch potato. She just sits around all day watching television!”
  • Tough cookie:🍪🍪
  •  a very determined person.
  • “Raghu ran the race even though he was injured. He is a real tough cookie!”
  • Top banana:🍌🍌 
  • the chief person in a group.
  • “Mukti is the captain of the netball team. She is the top banana!”
  • Bad apple:🍎🍎 
  • a trouble maker
  • “Mohan is a real bad apple. He always causes trouble at work.”
  • Sour grapes:🍇🍇 
  • pretending to dislike something you cannot have.
  • “Bannu said that Madhu’s hat was silly. It’s just sour grapes!”
  • Lemon law:🍋🍋
  •  an American law that protects purchasers of faulty cars.
  • “Rachel bought a car that broke down straight away! Luckily she was protected by lemon law.”
  • Getting fired turned out to be a blessing in disguise. - Getting fired (normally a negative event) turned out to be a good thing.
  • These red poppies are a dime a dozen. - These red poppies are very common.
  • Don't beat around the bush. - Just say what you really mean.
  • After some reflection, he decided to bite the bullet. - After some reflection, he decided to do the undesirable thing he was avoiding.
  • I'm going to call it a night. - I'm going to bed.
  • He's got a chip on his shoulder. - He's holding onto a grudge or grievance that's making him very angry or callous.
  • Would you cut me some slack? - Don't be so hard on me.
  • Don't cut any corners. - Don't take any shortcuts and produce shoddy work.
  • She let things get out of hand. - She lets things get out of control.
  • I'm going back to the drawing board. - I'm going to start over.
  • Hang in there. - Stick with it.
  • Don't jump the gun. - Don't do something before the allotted time.
  • He decided to let her off the hook. - He decided to release her from her responsibility.
  • He missed the boat. - He missed out on an opportunity.
  • I go out for walks once in a blue moon. - I go out for walks very rarely.
  • Pull yourself together, man! - Calm down.
  • She seriously rubbed me the wrong way. - I did not like her at all.
  • There he is, speak of the devil. - There he is; we were just talking about him.
  • That was the straw that broke the camel's back. - My patience has finally run out.
  • Well, she's got the best of both worlds. - She's receiving benefits from both of her current situations or opportunities.
  • Why are you so bent out of shape? - Why are you so upset?
  • I'm feeling under the weather. - I'm feeling sick.
  • We'll cross that bridge when we get there. - We'll solve that problem when the time comes.
  • I'm sorry but I just can't seem to wrap my head around it. - I'm sorry but I just can't seem to understand.
  • Wow, you can say that again. - I totally agree.


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