Structure: Idioms

What is an Idiom? An idiom is a combination of words or a phrase whose meaning cannot be inferred from the literal interpretation of its individual components. An idiom is a phrase or expression that has a figurative meaning that is different from the literal meaning of the words. These expressions are often culturally specific […]

What is an Idiom?

An idiom is a combination of words or a phrase whose meaning cannot be inferred from the literal interpretation of its individual components.

An idiom is a phrase or expression that has a figurative meaning that is different from the literal meaning of the words. These expressions are often culturally specific and may not make sense when translated literally. Idioms are commonly used in everyday language to convey ideas, emotions, or concepts in a colorful and imaginative way. For example, “it’s raining cats and dogs” is an idiom meaning it’s raining heavily, but it doesn’t literally mean that cats and dogs are falling from the sky.

Some Examples of Idiomatic Expressions:

  1. Bury one’s head in the sand – avoiding reality or danger
  2. Play God – assume an all-powerful demeanor
  3. Leave no stone unturned – exhaust all possible efforts
  4. On edge – having a hot temper
  5. Icing on the cake – a delightful addition to the real thing
  6. Keep the flag flying – maintain a positive impression
  7. Lead a dog’s life – endure a life of misery
  8. Keep body and soul together – survive
  9. Cook the books – manipulate financial accounts
  10. In the red – in debt or facing bankruptcy
  11. Fair weather friend – an unreliable friend
  12. Chicken-hearted or liver-hearted – displaying cowardice
  13. Featherbrain – characterized by foolishness
  14. Eagle-eyed – possessing excellent vision or observation skills.

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