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All English idioms and phrases

An idiom is a phrase or expression that has a figurative meaning which differs from the literal meanings of the individual words. Idioms are challenging for non-native speakers to learn because their meanings are not always obvious. For example, the expression break a leg means good luck.

Here you can find the full list of English idioms in Worder vocabulary.

Meanings of A bit much:

phrase

Somewhat excessive or unreasonable.

Usage examples:

His earnestness can be a bit much

Meanings of A bite at the cherry:

phrase

An attempt or opportunity to do something.

Usage examples:

The team had victory snatched from their grasp, and could well have had their last bite at the cherry
idiom

Another opportunity to do something

Usage examples:

He missed a medal in the 100 metres, but will get a second bite of the cherry in the 400 metres.

Meanings of A bone of contention:

idiom

Something that two people or groups cannot agree about

Usage examples:

Money is a common bone of contention in many marriages.

Meanings of A cut above:

phrase

Noticeably superior to.

Usage examples:

She's a cut above the rest
idiom

Someone who is of a higher social class

Usage examples:

She thinks she's a cut above her neighbours.

Meanings of A dime a dozen:

phrase

Very common and of no particular value.

Usage examples:

Experts in this field are a dime a dozen

Meanings of A dog in the manger:

idiom

Someone who keeps something that they do not want in order to prevent someone else from getting it

Meanings of A fish out of water:

idiom

Someone who is uncomfortable in a specific situation

Usage examples:

I felt like a fish out of water at my new school.

Meanings of A good deal:

phrase

A large amount.

Usage examples:

I don't know a great deal about politics

Meanings of A great deal:

idiom

To a very great degree or extent

phrase

A large amount.

Usage examples:

I don't know a great deal about politics

Meanings of A hair’s breadth:

idiom

A very small distance or amount

Usage examples:

His finger was within a hair's breadth of touching the alarm., she came within a hair's breadth of …

Meanings of A leopard can’t change its spots:

idiom

Something you say that means a person's character, especially if it is bad, will not change, even if they pretend that it will

Meanings of A little bird told me:

phrase

Used to indicate that the speaker knows something but chooses to keep the identity of their informant secret.

Usage examples:

A little bird told me it was your birthday
idiom

Used to say that you have heard a piece of information about someone from someone else

Usage examples:

"how did you know it was my birthday?" "α little bird told me.", a little bird told me that they us…

Meanings of A lot:

phrase

Lots (of) a large amount or number of people or things

Usage examples:

She eats lots of fruit., there were a lot of people there., he does a lot of travelling in his job.…
collocation

To expect or demand more than is usual, reasonable, or fair

Usage examples:

It's asking a lot when your boss wants you to work weekends as well as evenings., it is asking a lo…

Meanings of A man of his word:

idiom

Someone who keeps their promises

Usage examples:

You can trust him - he's a man of his word.

Meanings of A million and one:

idiom

Very many

Usage examples:

I can't talk right now - i have a hundred and one things to do this morning.

Meanings of A penny for your thoughts:

phrase

Used to ask someone what they are thinking about.

Usage examples:

I haven't heard anyone say that for years - a penny for your thoughts.
idiom

I would like to know what you are thinking

Usage examples:

You haven't said very much – a penny for your thoughts.

Meanings of A penny saved is a penny earned:

idiom

Something you say that means it is wise to save money

Usage examples:

I'd advise anyone to put aside a proportion of their earnings - a penny saved is a penny earned.

Meanings of A second bite at the cherry:

phrase

An attempt or opportunity to do something.

Usage examples:

The team had victory snatched from their grasp, and could well have had their last bite at the cherry
idiom

Another opportunity to do something

Usage examples:

He missed a medal in the 100 metres, but will get a second bite of the cherry in the 400 metres.

Meanings of A sight for sore eyes:

phrase

A person or thing that one is extremely pleased or relieved to see.

Usage examples:

The mighty cairngorms are a sight for sore eyes in any rambler's book
idiom

Someone or something that you are happy to see

Usage examples:

After twenty hours of driving, my family was a sight for sore eyes.

Meanings of A snowball’s chance in hell:

phrase

No chance at all.

Usage examples:

The scheme has a snowball's chance in hell of being accepted
idiom

To have no chance of succeeding

Usage examples:

If he can't afford a good lawyer, he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning the case.

Meanings of A stitch in time saves nine:

phrase

If you sort out a problem immediately it may save a lot of extra work later.

Usage examples:

The lead officer said: ‘it's a case of a stitch in time saves nine.’
idiom

Said to mean that it is better to act or deal with problems immediately, because if you wait and deal with them later, things will get worse and the problems will take longer to deal with

Meanings of A storm in a teacup:

phrase

Great outrage or excitement about a trivial matter.

Usage examples:

On the other hand, some of the ‘stories’ that have caused a great deal of excitement are no more th…
idiom

A lot of unnecessary anger and worry about a matter that is not important

Meanings of A tall order:

phrase

An unreasonable or difficult demand.

Usage examples:

They thought that the deadline was a tall order
idiom

To be something that is difficult to do

Usage examples:

Building the bridge in time for the olympics will be a tall order.

Meanings of A walk in the park:

idiom

Something that is very easy to do, and usually pleasant

Usage examples:

He's used to hard physical work - this is a walk in the park to him.

A wind

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Meanings of A wind:

phrase

A strong wind

Usage examples:

We live near the ocean, where stiff breezes cleanse the air., we were tired from riding our bikes i…

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