English Idioms And Meaning: Collection By Prakash Poudyal
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush: What you have is worth more than what you might have later
A blessing in disguise: A good thing that seemed bad at first
A dime a dozen: Something common
A little learning is a dangerous thing: People who don't understand something fully are dangerous
A penny for your thoughts: Tell me what you're thinking
A penny saved is a penny earned: Money you save today you can spend later
A perfect storm: The worst possible situation
A picture is worth 1000 words: Better to show than tell
A piece of cake: Something is very easy. Example-The English test was a piece of cake
A snowball effect: Events have momentum and build upon each other
A snowball's chance in hell: No chance at all
A stitch in time saves nine: Fix the problem now because it will get worse later
A storm in a teacup: A big fuss about a small problem
Achilles Heel: A weakness or vulnerable point. When the hero Achilles was an infant, his sea-nymph mother dipped him into the river Styx to make him immortal. But since she held him by one heel, this spot did not touch the water and so remained mortal and vulnerable, and it was here that Achilles was eventually mortally wounded
Actions speak louder than words: Believe what people do and not what they say
Add insult to injury: To make a bad situation worse
All Roads Lead to Rome: We use the expression to mean that there's more than one way to achieve an outcome
An apple a day keeps the doctor away: Apples are good for you
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: You can prevent a problem with little effort. Fixing it later is harder
As right as rain: Perfect
Barking up the wrong tree: To be mistaken, to be looking for solutions in the wrong place
Beat around the bush: Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable
Bee in my bonnet: If you have a bee in your bonnet about something, you are obsessed with it and can't stop thinking about it. This phrase is often used when you are worried or angry about something. The word 'bonnet' refers to a kind of hat
Better late than never: Better to arrive late than not to come at all
Birds of a feather flock together: People who are alike are often friends (usually used negatively)
Bite off more than you can chew: Take on a project that you cannot finish
Bite the bullet: To get something over with because it is inevitable
Bolt from the blue: Something that happened without warning
Break a leg: Means good luck (often said to actors before they go on stage). Example-Break a leg Sam, Iím sure your performance will be great
Break the ice: Make people feel more comfortable
Burn bridges: Destroy relationship
Butter Someone Up: Mean excessively flattering someone, usually so that they'll do something for you
By the skin of your teeth: Just barely
Call it a day: Stop working on something
Calm before the storm: Something bad is coming, but right now it's calm
Carry a torch: If you say that someone is carrying a torch for someone else, you mean that they secretly admire them or love them. they secretly admire them or love them
Come rain or shine: No matter what
Comparing apples to oranges: Comparing two things that cannot be compared
Costs an arm and a leg: Very expensive
Crying wolf: It is also used when a person asks for help when he doesn't need it. For example: The governor says if our taxes are not doubled, he will have to close all of our schools. But he's just crying wolf
Curiosity killed the cat: Stop asking questions
Cut somebody some slack: Don't be so critical
Cut the mustard: Do a good job
Cutting corners: Doing something poorly in order to save time or money
Do something at the drop of a hat: Do something without having planned beforehand
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you: Treat people fairly. Also known as "The Golden Rule"
Don't beat a dead horse: Move on, this subject is over
Don't count your chickens before they hatch: Don't count on something good happening until it's happened
Don't cry over spilt milk: There's no reason to complain about something that can't be fixed
Don't give up your day job: You're not very good at this
Don't put all your eggs in one basket: What you're doing is too risky
Easy does it: Slow down
Every cloud has a silver lining: Good things come after bad things
Every dog has his day: Everyone gets a chance at least once
Familiarity breeds contempt: The better you know someone the less you like him
Fit as a fiddle: In good health
Fortune favours the bold: Take risks
Get a second wind: Have more energy after having been tired
Get a taste of your own medicine: Get treated the way you've been treating others (negative)
Get out of hand: Get out of control
Get something out of your system: Do the thing you've been wanting to do so you can move on
Get wind of something: Hear news of something secret
Get your act together: Work better or leave
Give someone the benefit of the doubt: Trust what someone says
Give someone the cold shoulder: Ignore someone
Go back to the drawing board: Start over
Go down in flames: Fail spectacularly
Go on a wild goose chase: To do something pointless
Good things come to those who wait: Be patient
Hang in there: Don't give up
Haste makes waste: You'll make mistakes if you rush through something
Have your head in the clouds: Not be concentrating
He has bigger fish to fry: He has bigger things to take care of than what we are talking about now
He who laughs last laughs loudest: I'll get you back for what you did
He's a chip off the old block: The son is like the father
He's not playing with a full deck: He's dumb
He's off his rocker: He's crazy
He's sitting on the fence: He can't make up his mind
Hear something straight from the horse's mouth: Hear something from the person involved
Hit the nail on the head: Get something exactly right
Hit the sack: Go to sleep
Ignorance is bliss: You're better off not knowing
It ain't over till the fat lady sings: This isn't over yet
It is a poor workman who blames his tools: If you can't do the job, don't blame it on others
It is always darkest before the dawn: Things are going to get better
It takes one to know one: You're just as bad as I am
It takes two to tango: One person alone isn't responsible. Both people are involved
It's a piece of cake: It's easy
It's not rocket science: It's not complicated
It's raining cats and dogs: It's raining hard
Jump on the bandwagon: Follow a trend, do what everyone else is doing
Kill two birds with one stone: Get two things done with a single action
Know which way the wind is blowing: Understand the situation (usually negative)
Leave no stone unturned: Look everywhere
Let sleeping dogs lie: Stop discussing an issue
Let someone off the hook: To not hold someone responsible for something
Let the cat out of the bag: To accidentally reveal a secret. Example-I let the cat out of the bag about their wedding plans
Like riding a bicycle: Something you never forget how to do
Like two peas in a pod: They're always together
Live and learn: I made a mistake
Look before you leap: Take only calculated risks
Make a long story short: Tell something briefly
Make hay while the sun shines: Take advantage of a good situation
Miss the boat: It's too late
No pain, no gain: You have to work for what you want
On cloud nine: Very happy
On the ball: Doing a good job
On thin ice: On probation. If you make another mistake, there will be trouble
Once bitten, twice shy: You're more cautious when you've been hurt before
Once in a blue moon: Rarely. An event that happens infrequently. Example-I only go to the cinema once in a blue moon
Out of the frying pan and into the fire: Things are going from bad to worse
Pandora's Box: When someone talks about opening Pandora's box, it is not a good thing. Pandora's box is a source of troubles. For example, if you start dating your boss, your friends might say you're opening a Pandora's box
Play devil's advocate: To argue the opposite, just for the sake of argument
Pull someone's leg: To joke with someone
Pull yourself together: Calm down
Put something on ice: Put a projet on hold
Rain on someone's parade: To spoil something
Run like the wind: Run fast
Saving for a rainy day: Saving money for later
See eye to eye: This means agreeing with someone. Example-They finally saw eye to eye on the business deal
Seize the Day: Make the most of today, because there's no guarantee you'll be around tomorrow. And even if you are, who knows what tomorrow will hold?
Shape up or ship out: Work better or leave
Shotgun Marriage: An enforced or hurried wedding, especially because the bride is pregnant. A shotgun wedding is a wedding that is arranged to avoid embarrassment due to premarital sex possibly leading to an unintended pregnancy, rather than out of the desire of the participants
Slow and steady wins the race: Reliability is more important than speed
Snowed under: Busy
So far so good: Things are going well so far
Speak of the devil: The person we were just talking about showed up. Means that the person youíre just talking about actually turns up at that moment. Example-Hi Tom, speak of the devil, I was just telling Sara about your new car
Spill the beans: Give away a secret
Take a rain check: Postpone a plan
Take it with a grain of salt: Donít take it too seriously
That ship has sailed: It's too late
That's the last straw: My patience has run out
The Writing is on the Wall: Means doom or misfortune is about to occur. For example, if two people are discussing the layoffs occurring in their company and one says to the other, "The writing is on the wall for all of us," she means their jobs are likely to be eliminated, too
The ball is in your court: It's your decision
The best of both worlds: An ideal situation. Means you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time. Example-By working part-time and looking after her kids two days a week she managed to get the best of both worlds
The best thing since sliced bread: A really good invention
The devil is in the details: It looks good from a distance, but when you look closer, there are problems
The early bird gets the worm: The first people who arrive will get the best stuff
The elephant in the room: The big issue, the problem people are avoiding
The pot calling the kettle black: Someone criticizing someone else he is just as bad
The whole nine yards: Everything, all the way
There are clouds on the horizon: Trouble is coming
There are other fish in the sea: It's ok to miss this opportunity. Others will arise
There's a method to his madness: He seems crazy but actually he's clever
There's no such thing as a free lunch: Nothing is entirely free
Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones: People who are morally questionable shouldn't criticize others
Through thick and thin: In good times and in bad times
Throw caution to the wind: Take a risk
Time flies when you're having fun: You don't notice how long something lasts when it's fun
Time is money: Work quickly
To add insult to injury: To make a situation worse. Example-To add insult to injury the car drove off without stopping after knocking me off my bike
To cost arm and leg: Something is very expensive. Example-Fuel these days costs and arm and a leg
To cut corners: To do something badly or cheaply. Example-They really cut corners when they built this bathroom; the shower is leaking
To feel under the weather: To not feel well. Example-Iím really feeling under the weather today; I have a terrible cold
To get bent out of shape: To get upset
To hit the nail on the head: To describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem. Example-He hit the nail on the head when he said this company needs more HR support
To kill two birds with one stone: To solve two problems at once. Example-By taking my dad on holiday, I killed two birds with one stone. I got to go away but also spend time with him
To make matters worse: Make a problem worse
Under the weather: Sick
Waste not, want not: Don't waste things and you'll always have enough
We see eye to eye: We agree
We'll cross that bridge when we come to it: Let's not talk about that problem right now
Weather the storm: Go through something difficult
Well begun is half done: Getting a good start is important
When it rains it pours: Everything is going wrong at once
When pigs fly: Something that will never happen. Example-When pigs fly sheíll tidy up her room
Wrap your head around something: Understand something complicated
You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar: You'll get what you want by being nice
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink: You can't force someone to make the right decision
You can say that again: That's true, I agree
You can't have your cake and eat it too: You can't have everything
You can't judge a book by its cover: This person or thing may look bad, but it's good inside
You can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs: There's always a cost to doing something
You canít judge a book by its cover: To not judge someone or something based solely on appearance. Example-I thought this no-brand bread would be horrible; turns out you canít judge a book by its cover
Your guess is as good as mine: I have no idea

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