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Learn 6 funny English idioms about daily life!

Do you have a dark sense of humour? If you do, you’ll enjoy these funny “death” idioms. The idioms all contain variations of the word “death”: die, dead… However, they actually refer to common situations from our daily lives. Native speakers use funny idioms all the time when speaking and writing, so it’s important that you can understand them. This lesson will help you learn 6 funny English idioms about daily life!


Be dead and buried

To be finished; to be ended completely.

“As far as she’s concerned, the matter is dead and buried.”

It’s do or die

People often say this when they are about to take a risk in order to avoid a failure.

“We’ve got to do something to save the company, and we’ve got to do it now. It’s do or die.”

Come back from the dead

To be popular again after a period of not being popular or successful.

“The singer has come back from the dead with his latest hit single.”

Be alive and kicking

To be alive, despite any rumours to the contrary; to continue to be alive and full of energy.

“I saw James last week – he’s still alive and kicking.” 

Be a fate worse than death (often humorous)

To be the worst possible thing that could happen.

“Having to work here alone when everyone else is on holiday is a fate worse than death.”

Over my dead body

If you say that something will happen “over your dead body”, you are saying that you

will do everything you can to prevent it.

“If he thinks he’s going to work here it’ll be over my dead body.”

Turn in your grave

If you say that a dead person would “turn in their grave”, you think they would be

angry if they knew about something.

“Bach would turn in his grave if he heard the way you just played that piece of music.”

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