An idiom is a phrase, or a combination of words, that has developed a figurative meaning through frequency of use. Idioms are a staple in many different languages, and are often shared across languages through numerous translations. They can be useful and even fun to use, but are also bound to confuse any new speaker of a language who isn’t familiar with the phrase’s cultural relevance.
Below are few examples :
1. It cost me an arm and a leg to take my trip to Australia.
2. I was over the moon when he asked me to marry him.
(Extremely pleased or happy)
3. He’s got a chip on his shoulder.
(Feeling inferior or having a grievance about something)
4. I have to bite my tongue so I don’t say what I really think of him!
(Wanting to say something but stopping yourself.)
5. My parents are very fixed in their ways. They won’t start using the internet.
(Not wanting to change from the normal ways of doing things)
6. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. That’s the reason he didn’t get the job.
(Saying or doing something suddenly without thinking about it)
7. Have you heard? John down the road has kicked the bucket.
8. Everything she does is very over the top. She can’t just have a few drinks – se has to get really drunk.
9. Sorry but I think I’ll take a rain check on that.
(To decline an offer that you will take up later)
10. It was all tongue-in-cheek. He didn’t really mean what he said.
(Something said in humour rather than seriously)