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Common English Idioms

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There are numerous idiomatic expressions in English. Although a student doesn’t have to learn all of them, he or she should be familiar with the most important ones. Here is a list of common idioms in English.

Animal idioms

  • Cat idioms
  • Dog idioms
  • Horse idioms
  • Cow idioms
  • Money idioms
  • Colour idioms
  • Food related idioms
  • Entertainment idioms
  • Animal idioms
  • A
  • Airhead
  • An earful
  • Phrases with anything
  • Average Joe
  • B
  • Back seat driver
  • Bad egg and bad apple
  • Bang for the buck
  • Bankers' hours and bean counter
  • Blow something out of proportion
  • Boss around
  • Basket case
  • Be a drag
  • Be in the dog house
  • Bottom line
  • Bread winner
  • Break even
  • Break the ice
  • Bring home the bacon
  • Bring up
  • Budget-crunch
  • Burns me up inside
  • Bull in a china shop
  • By the skin of your teeth
  • C
  • Call it a day
  • Call on the carpet
  • Call it quits
  • Call the shots
  • Carry the day
  • Couch potato
  • Cut your losses
  • Crystal clear
  • Couch potato
  • Cost an arm and a leg
  • Cold call
  • Chow down
  • Chip in
  • Check out
  • Change one's tune
  • Catch some rays
  • D
  • Doubting Thomas
  • Drive a wedge between
  • Drive someone up the wall / drive someone bonkers
  • E
  • Easier said than done
  • Every nook and cranny
  • F
  • Feel blue / Go into a blue funk
  • Fifth wheel
  • G
  • Get under one's skin
  • Get foot in the door
  • Great catch
  • Go Dutch
  • Go stir crazy
  • Goose bumps
  • H
  • Hang in there
  • Have one's hand in the till
  • Have the guts
  • I
  • I don't buy it
  • Phrases with if
  • I'm beat
  • In the wake of
  • It's your funeral
  • J
  • Jump to conclusions
  • K
  • Keep your eyes peeled
  • Keep your fingers crossed
  • L
  • Laugh up your sleeve
  • Look like death warmed over
  • Lose one's marbles
  • Lose your shirt
  • Lower one's sights
  • M
  • Make no bones about something
  • More often than not
  • P
  • Pay through the nose
  • Pep talk
  • Pig out
  • R
  • Raw deal
  • Ray of sunshine
  • Recipe for disaster
  • Red letter day
  • S
  • See a man about a dog / powder my nose
  • Sick as a dog
  • Speak / talk of the devil
  • Spill the beans
  • Stay in touch
  • Phrases with such
  • T
  • Take pot shots at somebody
  • Texter's thumb
  • Phrases with that
  • Think outside the box
  • Three dog night
  • Throw in the towel
  • U
  • Under the weather
  • W
  • Work your fingers to the bone
  • Idioms based on particular words

  • Night idioms
  • Idioms using the word event
  • Food idioms
  • Building idioms - part 1
  • Building idioms - part 2
  • Idioms and expressions with game
  • Idioms and expressions with look
  • Idioms and expressions with mind
  • Idioms and expressions with lose
  • Idioms and expressions with heart
  • Idioms and expressions with hand
  • Idioms and expressions with nose
  • Idioms and expressions with leave
  • Idioms and expressions with wish
  • Idioms using the word pain
  • Money idioms and phrases
  • Idioms and expressions with way
  • Weather idioms
  • Idioms beginning with A
  • Idioms beginning with B
  • Idioms beginning with letter D
  • idioms with keep
  • Idioms with heart
  • Idioms with know
  • Colour Idioms
  • Animal idioms - Idioms derived from the name of animals
  • Animal idioms - Idioms derived from the name of animals - part 2
  • Idioms derived from body parts - part I
  • Idioms derived from body parts - part II
  • Idioms derived from body parts - part III
  • Idioms derived from body parts - part IV
  • Hand Idioms - Idioms derived from the word hand
  • Hair Idioms - Idioms derived from the word hair
  • Foot Idioms - Idioms derived from the word foot
  • Finger Idioms - Idioms derived from the word finger
  • Common Idioms and Phrases with Get
  • Common Idioms and Phrases with Break
  • Common Idioms and Phrases with Come
  • Common Idioms and Phrases with Keep
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