Our Essential Idioms List

If you're looking for an essential English idioms list, you're in the right place! Here you can download our free PDF document that includes hundreds of popular expressions to take your English to the next level.

There are an estimated 25,000 idiomatic expressions in English so it's vital to learn idioms if you want to understand native English speakers and reach a high level of English.

That's why there's a huge list of idioms on this website. We have created images to help you understand and remember many of them. Click here if you'd like to get our free illustrated idioms ebook.

We've organized other expressions into infographics and themes. We've also sorted them in A-Z idiom lists by keyword.  Finally, if you're searching for a particular idiom, you can check the index below.

By the way... you do know what an idiom is, right? If you're unsure, you can read all about them right here.


Free PDF download:  201 Essential idioms list

In this free download, we've included 201 really useful English idioms with their meaning and a few sentence examples. However, sometimes it's helpful to read several sentence examples in order to really understand the meaning.

That's why you'll notice that each idiom in the PDF document is linked back to the page on this website where you can read more examples of that particular idiom. This way you can access more examples if you need them but the document is not too long.

Simply click on any idiom in the document if you want additional sentence examples. It's that easy.

Ready to download? Click here to access the document.


A-Z idioms list

The A-Z list below allows you to find idioms on this website by keyword.

For example, on the "B" idioms page, you can find idioms related to the keyword "back." In that section you'll find idioms such as back away, back off, back on one's feet, back out, back to back, back to square one, stab someone in the back, etc.

In addition, you'll also find an index of the non-visual idioms on this site. We've tried to create pictures for as many idioms as possible but sometimes a picture isn't easy to create. Luckily, you can still learn the meaning easily by reading the phrase in a variety of example sentences. That's the reason you will usually find 5-20 sentence examples given for each expression.


Visual idioms list

Sometimes a picture can help you remember an idiom or at least understand some of the vocabulary within the expression. There hundreds of idiom illustrations on this site. This section highlights many of those phrases for easy reference.

By the way, if you have a Pinterest account, you can pin as many as you like to one of your boards for future reference.

Scrolling through your Pinterest images frequently can help you better remember these phrases because you can see them again and again to refresh your memory.


Idioms list by themes

We've also organized some of our lists of idioms by theme. It's hard to memorize a long list but it can be convenient to try to learn 5-10 of them at a time.

These infographics will hopefully make it more interesting to learn a handful at a time.


Funny idioms list

Do you like to laugh? Then check out these comics by clicking here. Idioms are perfect for expressing sarcasm, irony and double meanings.