Idioms & Words

Below is a list of idioms taken from [] To get an idea of  a specific narrative it may be nice to explore these different meanings. This isn’t the whole list but it helps so understand a wide range of idioms and puns!

A hot potato
Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed

A penny for your thoughts
A way of asking what someone is thinking

Actions speak louder than words
People’s intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.

An arm and a leg
Very expensive or costly. A large amount of money.

At the drop of a hat
Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.

Back to the drawing board 
When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over.

Ball is in your court
It is up to you to make the next decision or step

Barking up the wrong tree
Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person

Be glad to see the back of
Be happy when a person leaves.

Beat around the bush
Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.

Best of both worlds
Meaning: All the advantages.

Best thing since sliced bread
A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.

Bite off more than you can chew
To take on a task that is way to big.

Blessing in disguise
Something good that isn’t recognized at first.

Burn the midnight oil
To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.

Can’t judge a book by its cover 
Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.

Costs an arm and a leg
This idiom is used when something is very expensive.

Cross that bridge when you come to it
Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.

Cry over spilt milk 
When you complain about a loss from the past.

Curiosity killed the cat 
Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.

Cut corners
When something is done badly to save money.

Devil’s Advocate
To present a counter argument

Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched
This idiom is used to express “Don’t make plans for something that might not happen”.

Don’t give up the day job
You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket 
Do not put all your resources in one possibility.

Drastic times call for drastic measures
When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.

Every cloud has a silver lining
Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.

Feel a bit under the weather
Meaning: Feeling slightly ill.

Give the benefit of the doubt
Believe someone’s statement, without proof.

Hit the nail on the head 
Do or say something exactly right

Hit the sack / sheets / hay
To go to bed.

In the heat of the moment 
Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.

It takes two to tango 
Actions or communications need more than one person

Jump on the bandwagon
Join a popular trend or activity.

Kill two birds with one stone
This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time.

Picture paints a thousand words 
A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.

Piece of cake 
A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.

Put wool over other people’s eyes
This means to deceive someone into thinking well of them.

See eye to eye
This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something.

Speak of the devil!
This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives.

Steal someone’s thunder
To take the credit for something someone else did.

Take with a grain of salt
This means not to take what someone says too seriously.

Taste of your own medicine
Means that something happens to you, or is done to you, that you have done to someone else

Straight from the horse’s mouth
To hear something from the authoritative source.

Wouldn’t be caught dead
Would never like to do something


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