10 really useful idioms you need to know!
Which English idioms should you use and when? Well, there are so many different English idioms it’s often difficult to know where to start. This is especially true as some are only used once in a blue moon (very rarely) to use a popular idiom! In today’s class, we’ll tell you about the top 10 idioms you really need to know. We’ll include examples of them so you can see exactly when they need to be used. Once you’ve seen these, it’ll be a piece of cake (easy) to understand or recognise them in the future! Read the information. Then, do the quiz at the end! Good luck!
Here are 10 really useful idioms for you to learn!
Water under the bridge
This expression is used to refer to something from the past that is no longer important.
“What’s done is done and there’s nothing we can do about it – it’s all water under the bridge now.”
Piece of cake
Something that’s a “piece of cake” is very easy to do.
“That exam was a piece of cake.”
Let the cat out of the bag
To reveal a secret; to tell someone about a secret.
“We’re throwing a party for Michelle tonight, but don’t let the cat out of the bag – it’s supposed to be a surprise!”
Hit the nail on the head
To describe something perfectly.
“I think you really hit the nail on the head when you said that what we’re lacking is
confidence and motivation.”
You can’t judge a book by its cover
You can’t tell what someone is like from their appearance.
“She comes across as quite cold and hard, but she’s actually quite warm and loving – you can’t judge a book by its cover.”
Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Don’t try to do more than you can do.
“I think you need to build the business up slowly and try not to bite off more than you can chew.”
You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours
You do me a favour and I’ll do you a favour in return.
“If you lend me the money right now, I’ll use my contacts to help you get the job you
want – you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”
Add insult to injury
If someone “adds insult to injury”, they make a bad situation even worse, often by doing
something else bad.
“She arrived an hour late for the dinner party, then, just to add insult to injury, she complained about the food.”
Once in a blue moon
Very rarely; not very often.
“With three kids to look after, I only get to go out every once in a blue moon.”
See eye to eye
If two people “see eye to eye”, they agree on things and see things the same way.
“There are some moments of tension, but we generally see eye to eye on most things.”
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10 Really Useful Idioms
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Question 1 of 6
I know you’re a fast learner but I think studying for two degrees at the same time is mad! Don’t bite off more than you can ______.CorrectIncorrect
Question 2 of 6
For two people who supposedly love each other, it seems strange that they don’t see eye to ____ on virtually anything.CorrectIncorrect
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Only 4 people turned up for the theatre performance, and then, just to add insult to _______, the electricity went off.CorrectIncorrect
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Before the race nobody thought that she could possibly win, which goes to show that you can’t ever judge a book by its ______.CorrectIncorrect
Question 5 of 6
OK so big news, I think I might be pregnant! But don’t let the _____ out of the bag just yet.CorrectIncorrect
Question 6 of 6
I think we both said a lot of things we now regret, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s all water under the ________! I hope we can be friends again.CorrectIncorrect