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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


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Idioms
from:   'as blind as a bat'   to:  'as fit as a fiddle'


  • as blind as a bat
    • Someone whose vision is very poor, or who is unable to see anything, is (as) blind as a bat.
      "Without his glasses, the old man is as blind as a bat."

  • as broad as it's long
    • This expression means that there is no real difference which alternative is chosen.
      "Take the high-speed train, or fly and take a taxi? It's as broad as it's long."

  • as clean as a whistle
    • Something as clean as a whistle is extremely clean.
      (This can also mean that a person's criminal record is clean.)
      "Bob spent the afternoon washing and shining his car until it was as clean as a whistle."

  • as close / as dumb as an oyster
    • Someone who is asclose or as dumb as an oyster will never reveal something told in confidence or betray a secret
      "Sophie will never repeat what you tell her. She's as dumb as an oyster."

  • as cool as a cucumber
    • A person who is as cool as a cucumber is not anxious, but relaxed and non-emotional
      "The bride's mother stayed as cool as a cucumber all through the ceremony."

  • as crooked as a dog's hind leg
    • To say that someone is as crooked as a dog's hind leg means that they are very dishonest indeed.
      "That guy can't be trusted - he's as crooked as a dog's hind leg."

  • dead as a dodo
    • To say that something is (as) dead as a dodo means that it is unquestionably dead or obsolete, or has gone out of fashion.
      (A dodo is a bird that is now extinct.)
      "The floppy disk is an invention that is now (as) dead as a dodo."

  • dead as a doornail
    • This expression is used to stress that a person or thing is very definitely dead.
      "They've started fighting again, so the peace agreement is now as dead as a doornail."

  • as different as chalk and cheese
    • Two people who are as different as chalk and cheese are completely different from each other.
      "I'm surprised they get on so well. They're as different as chalk and cheese."

  • as different as night and day
    • Two people or things that are very different from each other are as different as night and day.
      "Although they are twins they are as different as night and day."

  • as dry as dust
    • Something that is as dry as dust is very dry indeed.
      This expression can also refer to something dull and uninteresting.
      "The ground was as dry as dust. / His speech was as dry as dust."

  • as dull as ditchwater
    • Something as dull as ditchwater is very boring.
      "The film was as dull as ditchwater. I nearly fell asleep."

  • as easy as pie
    • Something that is (as) easy as pie is very easy to do.
      "How did the English test go?" "No problem. It was (as) easy as pie!"

  • as fit as a fiddle
    • A person who is as fit as a fiddle is in an excellent state of health or physical condition.
      "My grandfather is nearly ninety but he's as fit as a fiddle. "

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