Idioms have always been a nightmare for English language students. They are very difficult to learn, some of them are similar, and there are simply too many of them!
However, using idioms is a very important part of English language. Here, we have a list of 100 idioms that are quite easy to memorize and that can be very useful in everyday life conversations.
1. A hot potato - Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed
2. A penny for your thoughts -A way of asking what someone is thinking
3. Actions speak louder than words - People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.
4. Add insult to injury - To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
5. At the drop of a hat - Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.
6. Back to the drawing board - When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.
7. Ball is in your court - It is up to you to make the next decision or step
8. Barking up the wrong tree -Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person
9. Be glad to see the back of - Be happy when a person leaves.
10. Beat around the bush - Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
11. Best of both worlds - Meaning: All the advantages.
12. Best thing since sliced bread - A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.
13. Bite off more than you can chew - To take on a task that is way too big.
14. Blessing in disguise - Something good that isn't recognized at first.
15. Burn the midnight oil - To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
16. Can't judge a book by its cover - Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.
17. Caught between two stools - When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.
18. Costs an arm and a leg - This idiom is used when something is very expensive.
19. Cross that bridge when you come to it - Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.
20. Cry over spilt milk -When you complain about a loss from the past.
21. Curiosity killed the cat - Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
22. Cut corners - When something is done badly to save money.
23. Cut the mustard [possibly derived from "cut the muster"] - To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate
24. Devil's Advocate - To present a counter argument
25. 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".
26. Don't give up the day job - You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.
27. Don't put all your eggs in one basket - Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
28. Drastic times call for drastic measures - When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.
29. Elvis has left the building - The show has come to an end. It's all over.
30. Every cloud has a silver lining - Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
31. Far cry from - Very different from.
32. Feel a bit under the weather - Meaning: Feeling slightly ill.
33. Give the benefit of the doubt - Believe someone's statement, without proof.
34. Hear it on the grapevine - This idiom means 'to hear rumors' about something or someone.
35. Hit the nail on the head - Do or say something exactly right
36. Hit the sack / sheets / hay - To go to bed.
37. In the heat of the moment - Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
38. It takes two to tango - Actions or communications need more than one person
39. Jump on the bandwagon - Join a popular trend or activity.
40. Keep something at bay - Keep something away.
41. Kill two birds with one stone - This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time.
42. Last straw - The final problem in a series of problems.
43. Let sleeping dogs lie - Meaning - do not disturb a situation as it is - since it would result in trouble or complications.
44. Let the cat out of the bag - To share information that was previously concealed
45. Make a long story short - Come to the point - leave out details
46. Method to my madness - An assertion that, despite one's approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.
47. Miss the boat - This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance
48. Not a spark of decency - Meaning: No manners
49. Not playing with a full deck - Someone who lacks intelligence.
50. Off one's rocker - Crazy, demented, out of one's mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
51. On the ball - When someone understands the situation well.
52. Once in a blue moon - Meaning: Happens very rarely.
53. Picture paints a thousand words - A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.
54. Piece of cake - A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
55. Put wool over other people's eyes - This means to deceive someone into thinking well of them.
56. See eye to eye - This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something.
57. Sit on the fence - This is used when someone does not want to choose or make a decision.
58. Speak of the devil! - This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives.
59. Steal someone's thunder - To take the credit for something someone else did.
60. Take with a grain of salt - This means not to take what someone says too seriously.
61. Taste of your own medicine - Means that something happens to you, or is done to you, that you have done to someone else
62. To hear something straight from the horse's mouth - To hear something from the authoritative source.
63. Whole nine yards - Everything. All of it.
64. Wouldn't be caught dead - Would never like to do something
65. Your guess is as good as mine - To have no idea, do not know the answer to a question
66. A blessing in disguise - a good thing that seemed bad at first as part of a sentence
67. A dime a dozen - Something common
68. Beat around the bush - Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable
69. Better late than never - Better to arrive late than not to come at all
70. Bite the bullet - To get something over with because it is inevitable
71. Break a leg - Good luck
72. Call it a day - Stop working on something
73. Cut somebody some slack - Don't be so critical
74. Cutting corners - Doing something poorly in order to save time or money
75. Easy does it - Slow down
76. Get out of hand - Get out of control
77. Get something out of your system - Do the thing you've been wanting to do so you can move on
78. Get your act together - Work better or leave
79. Give someone the benefit of the doubt - Trust what someone says
80. Go back to the drawing board - Start over
81. Hang in there - Don't give up
82. Hit the sack - Go to sleep
83. It's not rocket science - It's not complicated
84. Let someone off the hook - To not hold someone responsible for something
85. Make a long story short - Tell something briefly
86. Miss the boat - It's too late
87. No pain, no gain - You have to work for what you want
88. On the ball - Doing a good job
89. Pull someone's leg - To joke with someone
90. Pull yourself together - Calm down
91. So far so good - Things are going well so far
92. You can say that again - That's true, I agree
93. That's the last straw - My patience has run out
94. The best of both worlds - An ideal situation
95. Time flies when you're having fun - You don't notice how long something lasts when it's fun
96. To get bent out of shape - To get upset
97. To make matters worse - Make a problem worse
98. Under the weather - Sick
99. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it - Let's not talk about that problem right now
100. Wrap your head around something - Understand something complicated