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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Lists of idioms used in everyday conversational English, with their meaning.


What are idioms?

Idioms are words, phrases or expressions which are commonly used in everyday conversation
by native speakers of English. They are often metaphorical and make the language more colourful.  
Example:- Let the cat out of the bag :   If you let the cat out of the bag, you reveal a secret.

N.B. It is important to remember that idiomatic expressions are used when speaking informally.
They are not used in formal exchanges.

Alphabetical lists of Idioms

Detailed A-Z lists

Select a letter to obtain a list of idioms in alphabetical order:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X-Y-Z

Lists of idioms by theme


Actions - Behaviour Efficiency - Competence Music
Age Employment - Jobs Negotiations
Agreements - Arrangements Enthusiasm - Motivation Numbers
Ambition - Determination Feelings - Emotions Plants - Flowers -Trees
Anger - Annoyance Food and Drink Politeness
Animals - Birds - Fish Frankness - Sincerity Problems - Difficulties
Anxiety - Fear Fun - Enjoyment Relationships
Arguments - Disagreements Happiness - Sadness Safety - Danger
Authority - Power Health - Fitness Secrets - Discretion
Beauty - Appearance Hesitation - Indecision Shopping
Body Honesty - Dishonesty Sleep -  Tiredness
Business - Work House & Furniture Speed - Rapidity
Choices - Options Intelligence-Understanding Sports
Clothes Law & Order Success - Failure
Colours Lifestyle - Way of life Surprise - Disbelief
Communication Luck - Opportunity Thoughts - Ideas
Comparisons-Similarity Madness - Insanity Time
Consequences-Effects Memory - Remembering Travel - Transport
Descriptions of people Mistakes - Errors Violence
Descriptions places- things Money - Finance Weather



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