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Popular Health Idioms

These health idioms are "just what the doctor ordered" to help you expand your vocabulary and make your English sound more natural!

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Learn popular English clothing idioms

The clothing idioms in the infographic, including "lose your shirt," "at the drop of a hat" and "below the belt," are frequently-used English expressions.

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Music idioms infographic

Learn 10 common music idioms that will help you sound more natural when you speak English. Sentence examples are given for each phrase...

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Idiom Site List & Essential Idioms

The best idiom site? I recommend the following websites and you can also find many popular idioms on this site too. Use the practice exercises, puzzles and drawings to help remember the meanings.

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Idiom: On the wagon (meaning & examples)

The idiom "on the wagon" means stopping and not doing an undesirable habit. It's often used to talk about not drinking alcohol. Here are some sentence examples.

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9 Important Spring Idioms

Learn these spring idioms and you'll feel a spring in your step. Many of these idioms reflect how flowers and leaves burst open suddenly in spring.

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English Winter Idioms

Learn these winter idioms which are related to the cold, snowy months of winter. Idiomatic phrases are an essential part of reaching a high level of English.

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From A to Z meaning and examples

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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Cry Over Spilled Milk

Learn the meaning of 'cry over spilled milk' and other idioms with fun pictures and lots of example sentences. It's fun and easy!

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Above all (else): Idiom meaning and sentence examples

The idiom "above all" means the most important thing. When studying idioms, above all you need to see the idioms used in examples...which you can find here.

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As Cool as a Cucumber Idiom

The idiom 'as cool as a cucumber' means to be calm and relaxed. Click here for many sentence examples to help easily understand the meaning of this phrase.

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English vocabulary puzzles

Learn important English vocabulary with word search, crossword, word scramble and other puzzles

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Signup and receive a free idioms ebook

This free idioms ebook contains more than 25 illustrations of English idioms that will be useful for all learners. Simply enter your email to receive the PDF.

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Idiom: Wear your heart on your sleeve (meaning & examples)

The idiom 'wear your heart on your sleeve' means to show your feelings openly. These sentence examples will help you understand and remember this phrase.

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Idiom: That's a wrap (meaning & examples)

The idiom 'that's a wrap' is used to say something is finished (often the filming of a video, television, movie scene or show). Here are some sentence examples.

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Idiom: Had better (meaning & examples)

The idiom "had better" means someone must or should do something. These example sentences will make the meaning of this idiom clear and easy to remember...

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Keep Your Head Above Water Idiom

One of the meanings of the idiom 'keep your head above water' is to have just enough to live or survive. Click for the other meaning and lots of examples...

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Idiom: Hold your horses (meaning & examples)

The idiom 'hold your horses' means to 1) slow down; 2) wait a moment; or 3) be patient. These sentences examples will really make the meaning clearer...

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Idiom: ants in your pants

The idiom 'ants in your pants' means to be so excited, nervous or anxious about something that it's hard to be calm. These examples will make it very clear.

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Drink Like a Fish Idiom

If you 'drink like a fish' you drink too much alcohol. We've used this idiom in more than 10 sentence examples so you'll understand and remember it.

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Try this fun English listening practice exercise

In this English listening practice exercise, we'll prepare to take off with Virgin America's airline safety video. Complete the exercise and crossword puzzle.

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Essential Idioms List — Download Free PDF

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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Musical Instruments Vocaulary

Learn musical instruments vocabulary with pictures and a video to help with pronunciation. There are many other vocabulary sets here as well. Enjoy!

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Shapes Vocabulary

This shapes vocabulary includes pictures and a video to help with correct pronunciation. Also get your free puzzles ebook to practice vocabulary on 25 topics.

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Idiom: Take to someone / something (meaning & examples)

The idiom 'take to someone' means to start to like someone (or doing something). These examples will help you easily understand this phrase...

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Idiom: A man of few words (meaning & examples)

Learn the idiom "a man of few words" with examples. You'll find many other important idioms here with pictures and infographics to make learning easy and fun.

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Head in the sand idiom (meaning and examples)

The idioms 'head in the sand' means to ignore or refuse to think about a problem or something unpleasant. These examples help you learn how to use this phrase.

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Idiom: A drop in the bucket (meaning & examples)

Learn the meaning of 'drop in the bucket' and other idioms with fun pictures and lots of example sentences. It's fun and easy!

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Caught with One's Pans Down Idiom

Look at this picture showing the meaning of the caught with one's pants down idiom and you won't easily for get it. There are many fun lessons here so c'mon in!

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Idiom: Raining Cats and Dogs (meaning & examples)

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 bear fruit: Meaning and sentence examples

The idiom "bear fruit" means to produce a desired result. Studying idioms will bear fruit for your vocabulary. Click here for more examples of this idiom...

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Heart of Gold Idiom

A 'heart of gold' idiom refers to a person who is kind, caring and generous. Here are more than 10 sentence examples of this idiom...

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Idiom: Apple of someone's eye (meaning and examples)

The idiom "apple of someone's eye" is someone or something that is very important to someone. Click here to read examples of this idiom...

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Hour idioms: Four commonly used English expressions

Learn several hour idioms that are frequently used in everyday English. You can also find hundreds of other idioms here with helpful pictures and examples.

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Idiom: a little bird told me

The idiom 'a little bird told me' is used to say that you got information from someone but you're not going to say who that person is. Here are some examples.

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Idiom: a ton of Idiom

The idiom 'a ton of' means a large amount of something. We've got a ton of sentence examples of this idiom to help you remember this popular idiom...

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Idiom: Barking up the wrong tree (meaning & examples)

The idiom "barking up the wrong tree" means doing something that won't produce the result wanted. These examples will make the meaning of this phrase clear...

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Idiom: Bird’s-eye view (meaning & examples)

The idiom "bird’s-eye view" means to have a view of something as seen from above. These examples will help you easily understand and remember this idiom...

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Idiom: Blind as a bat (meaning and examples)

The idiom "blind as a bat" means to not be able to see or to not see well. These examples will help you easily understand and remember this idiom...

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The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread Idiom

Learn what the "best thing since sliced bread" means as well as other popular English idioms. It's fun and free!

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Bore the Pants Off Idiom

Learn the meaning of 'bore the pants off' and other idioms with fun pictures and lots of example sentences. It's fun and easy!

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Idiom: On the ball (meaning & examples)

The idiom 'on the ball' means to be alert, focused and able to react to something quickly. These examples will help you easily understand this phrase...

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Idiom: Pig out (meaning & examples)

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: Put a sock in it (meaning & examples)

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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Kick In: Idiom Meaning & Examples

One of the meanings of the idiom 'kick in' is to start to operate or become effective. Click here for the second meaning and lots of sentence examples...

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Idiom: Leave a paper trail (meaning & examples)

Leave a paper trail refers to a series of written documents that show what someone did or how something happened. These examples will make the meaning clear...

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Idiom: Money pit (meaning & examples)

The idiom 'a money pit' means something that costs a lot of money over time. These examples will help you easily understand this phrase...

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

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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English Emotions Vocabulary

Knowing emotions vocabulary can be very helpful. Are you feeling amused or determined or resentful? You'll be delighted to learn these English vocabulary words!

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