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Essential Idioms List — Download Free PDF

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Download the free Essentials Idioms List with definitions and examples. There's also an index of more than 1,000 really important English idioms on this site.

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College life

During the time of my college, I felt I was stuck in a rut. With time flying by, I still feel confused immensely although I pull all my weight at studying.

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Try something try!Just give it a shot!

Yo tell the truth, I'm really keen on this TED talk! It just inspires me to try something new to form a good habit or expand my skill set. It just rings

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I´ll teach this to my students.

About the technique, I think is completly needed someone tell us how to use paper towels. In my country is better to use electrical dryer, otherwise malls

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Open a Can of Worms Idiom

Idiom open a can of worms

When you open a can of worms, you try to solve one problem but it causes more new problems. This picture and sentence examples will make the meaning clear.

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Idiom: Spill the Beans (meaning and examples)

If you 'spill the beans,' you tell someone information that should be kept secret. Now, I'm going to spill the beans on how to easily learn English idioms.

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Idiom: Raining Cats and Dogs (meaning & examples)

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If it's 'raining cats and dogs' then it's raining a lot. Here are many different sentence examples to help you remember this idiom and use it correctly.

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Idiom: Over the moon (meaning & examples)

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If you're 'over the moon' you're extremely happy or pleased. These sentence examples will make this idiom easy to understand and remember.

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Idiom: Under the weather (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "under the weather" means feeling sick, especially sick with the flu or a common cold. These examples will help you understand this idiom.

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Idiom: Hit the nail on the head (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "hit the nail on the head" means to do or say something exactly right or true. These examples will help you easily remember and understand this idiom.

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Idiom: The party is over (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "the party is over" refers to the ending of something successful. Here are some examples to help you understand this idiom..

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Blow off steam meaning & examples

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Learn the idiom blow off steam meaning with many sentence examples to help you understand and remember this English idiom.

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Stuffed shirt meaning & examples

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Stuffed shirt meaning and examples to help you learn and remember this English idiom. This is a person who is serious and acts in a very formal way. Learn more!

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Idiom: Back in the saddle (meaning & examples)

Idiom back in the saddle

The idiom "back in the saddle" means doing something that you had stopped doing for a while. Here are some sentence examples of this phrase...

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Idiom: Couch Potato (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "couch potato" describes someone who is a lazy person... you know the type of person who sits on the couch all day. Click for examples of this idiom.

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Idiom: In the doghouse (meaning & examples)

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If you're "in the doghouse" you're in trouble or in a situation where someone is upset or angry with you. Here are 10+ sentences to help make the meaning clear.

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Before I die I want to love myself and became an successful person

I feel it's really important to me to became an succsessful person. I have so much goals and dreams. Sometimes it's hard to keep going and believe that

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Learn popular cooking idioms

The cooking idioms in this infographic are common phrases that will expand your English. Learn "cook the books," "stir the pot," "simmer down," and more!

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Idiom: Cook up a storm (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "cook up a storm" means to enthusiastically and energetically cook a large amount of food. Read these sentences to better understand this idiom...

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Idiom: Hit the pavement (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "hit the pavement" means to start doing something with determination and energy. These sentence examples will make the meaning very clear...

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My 75 Hard Challenge

Actually I am stuck in a rut too so I decided to start a challenge named 75 hard. But I do it in my own way. Now by watching this video it turns out

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Give Me a hand Idiom (meaning & examples)

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These give me a hand idiom sentence examples clearly illustrate the meaning of this phrase: to help someone with something. There's a very close synonym...

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Idiom: Take someone aside (meaning & examples)

Idiom take someone aside

The idiom "take someone aside" to bring someone to a different area to privately speak with them. These examples will help you understand this idiom.

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Idiom: Scratch one’s head (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "scratch one’s head" means to be puzzled about or have difficulty understanding something. Here are some examples to help you understand this idiom.

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Really Awesome Idiom Examples—In Pictures

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These visual idiom examples will help you learn some really popular phrases in English. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words! Check them out here.

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Learn American Idioms

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We've got tons of American idioms with clear definitions and useful examples to make your life easier. You'll also find links to idiom examples on our blog.

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Idiom: The gravy train (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "the gravy train" describes a situation where you make a lot of money without doing a lot of work for it. These examples will help you understand...

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Idiom: Smell a rat (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "smell a rat" means to have a feeling something is wrong. Here are some examples that will help you understand this idiom.

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Idiom: Join the fray (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "join the fray" means to participate in a fight or argument that had already started. These examples will help you easily understand this phrase...

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Idiom: With one’s tail between one’s legs (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "with one’s tail between one’s legs" means to be ashamed or embarrassed about something (like a dog that’s been scolded). Here are some examples...

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Idiom: Whip something up (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "whip something up" means to quickly prepare something, often food. Here are some examples that will help you understand this idiom/phrasal verb.

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Idiom: March to the beat of one's own drum (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "march to the beat of one's own drum" means to be unique by doing things in your own way. Read these examples to better understand this idiom.

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Idiom: Off the beaten path (meaning & examples)

idiom off the beaten path

The idiom "off the beaten path" means doing something different than the usual things people do. Here are some examples to help you understand this idiom.

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Common T idioms in English

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With this T idioms list it won't “TAKE forever” to learn idioms. Although it “TAKES some doing” you’ll be happy how quickly idioms can “TAKE hold” in your mind.

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Idiom: Talk someone through something (meaning & examples)

idiom talk someone through something

The idiom "talk someone through something" means to explain something in detail or explain how to do something step-by-step. Here are some examples.

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Idiom: Third wheel (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "third wheel" refers to someone who tags along with a couple. These example sentences will make the meaning of this idiom clear and easy to remember...

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From A to Z: Idiom meaning and examples

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The meaning of "from A to Z" is to include everything or the entire range of something. We've got idioms here "from A to Z" to help you improve your English!

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My view

I reckon that video is a really good idea. I didn’t use paper to dry my hands because I think it isn’t sustainable. I used shake it 4 times and fold

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life is so strange..

Im very impressed. It was a great speech about a success story. I'm sure he wouldn't have believed he'd come this far when he was trying to build that

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Idiom: Par for the course (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "par for the course" describes something that is normal or expected for the situation. These examples will help you understand this idiom.

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Idiom: Pour salt in the wound (meaning & examples)

Idiom pour salt in the wound

The idiom "pour salt in the wound" means to make someone feel worse about a situation. These examples will help you understand this idiom.

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Idiom: On the rocks (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "on the rocks" describes 1) a problematic relationship or 2)an alcoholic beverage with ice cubes. Here are some examples of this idiom...

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Idiom: Up in years (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "up in years" means to be old or elderly. Here are some examples that will help you understand this idiom.

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Idiom: Pig out (meaning & examples)

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The idiom 'pig out' means to eat too much of something at one time. These examples will help you easily understand this phrase...

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Idiom: Off the hook (meaning & examples)

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There are three meanings of the idiom 'off the hook.' Get all the definitions plus lots of sentence examples to help you clearly understand the meaning.

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Idiom: Pull ones hair out (meaning & examples)

Idiom pull you hair out

The idiom "pull ones hair out" means to show frustration when trying to handle a difficult situation. These examples will help you understand this phrase...

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Idiom: Put a sock in it (meaning & examples)

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The idiom 'put a sock in it' is a rude way of telling someone to stop talking or be quiet. These examples will help you easily understand this phrase...

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Idiom: Leave a paper trail (meaning & examples)

idiom leave a paper trail

The idiom "leave a paper trail" refers to a series of written documents that show what someone did or how something happened. Here are more sentence examples.

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Idiom: In the wake of something (meaning & examples)

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The idiom "in the wake of something" means happening after or as a result of something (usually something bad). Here are 10 sentence examples of this idiom.

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