This lesson on English idioms is based on the MacMillan English Ferry workbook for Class 4 CBSE students.
Eat like a bird
To eat like a bird is to eat very little. To eat like a horse is to eat too much.
- If you eat like a bird, you won’t gain any weight.
- She eats like a bird. I don’t know how she manages to stay healthy.
- He eats like a horse. How does he manage to stay fit?
Eat like a pig
To eat like a pig is to eat greedily or noisily with one’s mouth open.
- I will never invite him to dinner again. He eats like a pig.
In the blink of an eye
If something happens in the blink of an eye, it happens extremely quickly.
- I had put my phone on the table but it disappeared in the blink of an eye.
As free as a bird
If somebody is as free as a bird, they are completely free.
- She was as free as a bird with no ties whatsoever.
An early bird
An early bird is a person who wakes up early or arrives before others.
- The early bird catches the worm.
The apple of one’s eye
Used to refer to a person you are extremely fond of and proud of.
- She is the apple of her father’s eye.