Idioms and phrases – One of the easiest ways to speak a language like a native is to understand how idioms and phrases work. Native speakers love to use idioms as they find it amusing while the language learners find it a bit frustrating since idioms can’t be translated word to word to understand their meanings. Therefore mastering idioms and phrases are one of the keys to language fluency.
To help you to improve your fluency, we have handpicked a few of the most common idioms and phrases used in daily conversations of native English speakers.
What are idioms and phrases
An idiom is a collection of phrases or an expression that has a figurative meaning while a phrase is part of a sentence. However, many idioms act as phrases in sentences but an idiom can also stand on its own.
Most Commonly used Idioms and phrases
A penny for your thoughts – This is used to ask what someone is thinking about.
The ball is in your court – Now it’s time for you to make decisions
Beat around the bush – Avoiding the main topic.
Break a leg – Wishing someone good luck
The best of both worlds – Enjoying all the advantages
A piece of cake – Something extremely easy to accomplish
once in a blue moon – Something that happens very rarely
Cool as a cucumber – Someone who is calm and composed even under pressure
It’s all greek to me – Generally Something which is hard to understand
When Pigs fly – Unlikely to happen
A blessing in disguise – A misfortune which turns out to be good later
Don’t judge a book by its cover – Not to judge someone or something based on their appearance
In the heat of the moment – Taking quick decisions without thinking due to anger or excitement
Leave the cat out of the bag – Reveal the secret
No pain no gain – word hard to get success
Stealing someone’s thunder – Taking credit for someone else’s work
Bite off more than you can chew – Trying to do something too difficult
Behead over heels – Fallen madly in love with another person
Be lovey-dovey – Excessive display of affection on loved ones
Blinded by love – A person in love cannot see any imperfections in the person they love.
Kiss and make up – To become friendly after an heated conversation
Match made in heaven – A match of two people in a perfect way.
Tie the knot – To get married
Under Someone’s Spell – Influenced or controlled by someone
Whisper Sweet Nothings – To speak or murmur in a romantic way
One cannot love and be wise – People often become irrational when in love and cannot take wiser decisions
All is fair in love and war – one do not want to obey rules in love and war
Wear a heart on sleeve – To show feelings and emotions freely and openly
Sealed with a kiss – Written and sent with love and affection
Take breath away – To overwhelm someone with beauty
Like two peas in a pod – When two people or things are very similar to each other.
To be as thick as thieves – Close friends who share secrets
To bury the hatchet – To become friends again by ending the arguments
A shoulder to cry on – A person who offers sympathy and support.
To see eye to eye with someone – To have same opinions
Friends in high places – To have an influential friend who can help you
To know someone inside out – To know thoroughly about the subject
Strike up a friendship – To become friends with someone by initiating a friendly conversation
To build bridges – To establish friendly relationship between two people
To speak the same language – To have same ideas and attitudes as someone
Close-knit – Held together strongly by cultural or social ideologies
Through thick and thin – under all circumstances, no matter how difficult it is
To be joined at the hip – Two people who are inseparable
To be on the same page/wavelength – understand and agree with someone
Birds of a feather flock together – People of same interest get together along
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