What are the funniest idioms and their meanings?

What is idiom? There are a lot of amusing idioms in English language. Do you want to know them and their meaning? Read below, it is very interesting :)


Idiom is a turn of speech, used as a unit; phraseological seam; it is peculiar only to one language; indecomposable phrase; which does not coincide with the meaning of its constituent words, taken separately.

Idioms exist in any language, but most of all in English. English idioms make up a large part of the English language. Difficulties in understanding idioms occur at a certain stage of learning English. Idioms need to know by heart, otherwise problems may arise in the translation of the text. If you do not know exactly what it means, sometimes is impossible to guess and understand idioms meaning. Many idioms reach the modern language of ancient times, so they can even be attributed to the archaisms. It is especially difficult to interpret the meaning of such ancient idiom. That is why you should pay special attention to the idioms during study of English, as well as any foreign language. Idioms are used in describing of the various situations from the life. You can find very amusing idioms.

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A list of English idioms and their meanings:

  • A cool as a cucumber - calm, quiet.
  • Hold your horses – to wait.
  • Kick the bucket – to die.
  • Blue in the face - give up or become tired after several attempts.

Blue in the face

  • Not enough room to sting a cat - nowhere to turn.
  • Bob’s your uncle - easy as ABC.
  • Head in the clouds – have unrealistic ideas.

Head in the clouds

  • Dead as a doornail – unusable.
  • A piece of cake - as easy as pie.
  • A storm in a teacup - to exaggerate problem.

A storm in a teacup

  • Over my dead body - a ban on something.
  • You can not take it with you - live now.
  • Everything but the kitchen sink - all that is possible.
  • Heart in your mouth - very scared.

Heart in your mouth

  • An arm and a leg - too high price for anything.
  • Tie the knot – marry.
  • Do not judge a book by its cover - do not judge be the first impressions.
  • Head over heels in love – really love.

Head over heels in love

  • Bite off more than you can chew - to take on more than you can do.
  • When pigs fly – never.
  • A leopard can not change his spots – you are so one.
  • Wear your heart on your sleeve – do not hide your feelings.
  • Bite your tongue - shut up.

Bite your tongue

  • Put a sock in it – shut up.
  • Let sleeping dog lie – do not to create problems ahead of time.
  • Foam at the mouth - be in a wax.
  • A slap on the wrist - lenient punishment.

a slap on the wrist

  • It takes two to tango - requires the participation of both.
  • It rains cats and dogs - heavy rain.

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