Alt Idiomas

50 Most Commonly Used Idioms

50 Most Commonly Used Idioms

A List of the most commonly used English idioms

 

A hot potato

Speak of an issue which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed



A penny for your thoughts

A way of asking what someone is thinking



Actions speak louder than words

People’s intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say



Add insult to injury

To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation



An arm and a leg

Very expensive or costly. A large amount of money



At the drop of a hat

Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly



Back to the drawing board

When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over



Ball is in your court

It is up to you to make the next decision or step



Barking up the wrong tree

Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person



Be glad to see the back of

Be happy when a person leaves



Beat around the bush

Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue



Best of both worlds

Meaning: All the advantages



Best thing since sliced bread

A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan



Bite off more than you can chew

To take on a task that is way too big.



Blessing in disguise

Something good that isn’t recognized at first



Burn the midnight oil

To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting



Can’t judge a book by its cover

Cannot judge something primarily on appearance



Caught between two stools

When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives



Costs an arm and a leg

This idiom is used when something is very expensive



Cross that bridge when you come to it

Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before



Cry over spilt milk

When you complain about a loss from the past



Curiosity killed the cat

Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation



Cut corners

When something is done badly to save money



Cut the mustard

To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate



Devil’s Advocate

To present a counter argument



Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched

This idiom is used to express “Don’t make plans for something that might not happen”



Don’t give up the day job

You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally



Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Do not put all your resources in one possibility



Drastic times call for drastic measures

When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions



Elvis has left the building

The show has come to an end. It’s all over



Every cloud has a silver lining

Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days



Far cry from

Very different from



Feel a bit under the weather

Meaning: Feeling slightly ill



Give the benefit of the doubt

Believe someone’s statement, without proof



Hear it on the grapevine

This idiom means ‘to hear rumors’ about something or someone



Hit the nail on the head

Do or say something exactly right



Hit the sack / sheets / hay

To go to bed



In the heat of the moment

Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment



It takes two to tango

Actions or communications need more than one person



Jump on the bandwagon

Join a popular trend or activity



Keep something at bay

Keep something away



Kill two birds with one stone

This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time



Last straw

The final problem in a series of problems



Let sleeping dogs lie

Do not disturb a situation as it is – since it would result in trouble or complications



Let the cat out of the bag

To share information that was previously concealed



Make a long story short

Come to the point – leave out details



Method to my madness

An assertion that, despite one’s approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it



Miss the boat

This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance



Not a spark of decency

Meaning: No manners



Not playing with a full deck

Someone who lacks intelligence



Off one’s rocker

Crazy, demented, out of one’s mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile



On the ball

When someone understands the situation well



Once in a blue moon

Meaning: Happens very rarely



Picture paints a thousand words

A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words



Piece of cake

A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple



Put wool over other people’s eyes

This means to deceive someone into thinking well of them



See eye to eye

This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something



Sit on the fence

This is used when someone does not want to choose or make a decision



Speak of the devil!

This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives



Steal someone’s thunder

To take the credit for something someone else did



Take with a grain of salt

This means not to take what someone says too seriously



Taste of your own medicine

Means that something happens to you, or is done to you, that you have done to someone else



To hear something straight from the horse’s mouth

To hear something from the right  source



Whole nine yards

Everything. All of it



Wouldn’t be caught dead

Would never like to do something



Your guess is as good as mine

To have no idea, do not know the answer to a question

 

 

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