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English idioms

English idioms

Idioms are informal phrases where the meaning of the whole phrase cannot be understood from individual words. By another definition, idioms are phrases or expressions that usually have a figurative meaning.

In every language, there are thousands of idioms and idiomatic expressions. In English we have approximately twenty-five thousand (25,000) idioms.

Yes, that’s a huge number – therefore you will probably never learn them all.

But don’t get frustrated!
Several hundred of the most common and frequently used idioms are covered and explained on our pages 🙂

Our extensive list of idioms and phrases (scroll down) is extracted from English and American movies. So you can click on each phrase or idiom and see the whole sentence.


This is a quick list with examples of my favorite English idioms and their meanings:

ring a bell when somebody looks familiar or something sounds familiar
catch some rays spending time sunbathing
no brainer situation when a decision is absolutely clear and doesn’t require any thinking
cut corners doing something easier way in order to save time, money or effort
bite the bullet to face a difficult situation with courage
to have a beef with somebody to have a personal problem with somebody
cut the crap frequently used phrase if you want to stop somebody who is talking complete nonsense
blow out of the water completely defeat or destroy somebody or win in certain situation
keep in the dark to be secretive and keep somebody uninformed about some facts
high roller person who earns and spends a lot of money
to be on cloud nine when somebody is extremely happy and satisfied

Why should you learn English idioms?

I love English idiomsLearning English idioms can be fun – especially when you compare the meaning of an English idiom to a similar phrase in your native language. Understanding and using English idioms is a sign of your proficiency and good knowledge of English. In addition to sounding “more native”, you will also have better understanding of your favorite movies and TV shows.

But be careful and take your time to learn English idioms properly! Most importantly, you should learn them in the correct context. Using some explicit idioms in a formal conversation (with your employer, for example) would probably not be a good idea! The same applies in the opposite situation. Using too formal and polite idioms in an informal environment would also be rather inappropriate. So in order to learn English idioms correctly, our website offers a lot of context. As a result, you will gain confidence to use them properly.

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