10 Common Idioms of Daily English

What is an idiom? An idiom is a group of words and generally a short-expression with a figurative meaning that differs from the literal meaning. When you get into an environment of daily English, it is almost impossible not to face with idioms. Idioms are an inseparable part of daily speech and have always been trendy products during the history of language. Those are expressions that help us describe an exact situation in a different, more creative way. They share cultural and historical information and widen people’s understanding of a language. Idioms build up some unusual features which can differ from one language to another. And what’s more interesting, idioms can carry particular cultural traditions and personalities.  They are coined as the result of traditions and cultures and have unique characteristics of language to communicate a specific meaning for which there is no exact word. 

Knowing idioms is a big power to feel at ease whilst speaking English in real-environments like cafes, courses, workplaces. Why should we gain idioms? Here are the best reasons to be interested in idioms. You can tell and impress others more by using idioms than you can do with just a few words. They save you from making wordy sentences. They enhance your vocabulary, make your language more vivid and funny. Idioms are often used by native speakers of a language, so if you want to achieve success in all divisions of language, you should start using them. Idioms give you more confidence in the target language. You should use idioms only in certain situations, in order to not fall flat on your face talking to people. Therefore, you need to know the meaning of the phrases you say and have control of the situation, in order to understand that the idiom describes it correctly.

 

We picked the 10 idioms useful to you in daily conversations in English. If you probably learn a few of them, it makes us very happy!

1. A penny for your thoughts

Meaning: A way of asking what someone is thinking

"You seem pretty serious. A penny for your thoughts."

 

2. A picture is worth 1000 words

Meaning: A picture tells a story just as well as, if not better than, a lot of written words.

"Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words."

 

3. Actions speak louder than words

Meaning: People's actions show their real attitudes, rather than what they say.

“Team USA is not expected to win, but they believe actions speak louder than words.”

 

4. A blessing in disguise
Meaning: A good thing that seems bad at the beginning, but turns out to be good later.

“Losing that job was a blessing in disguise really.”

 

5. A dime a dozen
Meaning: Something that is very common, not unique.

Plastic toys like this are a dime a dozen.”

 

6. Adding insult to injury
Meaning: To make a bad situation even worse.

“They told me I was too old for the job, and then to add insult to injury, they refused to pay my expenses!”

 

7. Barking up the wrong tree

Meaning: To have a wrong idea or belief for something.

“She thinks it'll solve the problem, but I think she's barking up the wrong tree.”

 

8. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
Meaning: Not to trust on something happening until after it’s already happened.

“If I were you I wouldn’t book the holiday until you actually get the raise…do not count your chickens…”

 

9. Letting the cat out of the bag
Meaning: Making a secret known by everyone.

“I was trying to keep the party a secret, but Mel went and let the cat out of the bag.”

 

10. Straight from the horse’s mouth
Meaning: Reading or hearing something from the source.

“I know it's true because I got it straight from the horse's mouth – Katie told me herself.”

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