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English Idioms

Idioms are special expressions that are difficult to understand because their meanings are different from the meanings of the separate words in the expression. Idioms are usually special to one language and cannot be translated word for word.

Idioms are common in all forms of English. The Cambridge International Dictionary has compiled a list of over 7000 idioms currently in use in British, American and other varieties of English. Of course, an ESL student doesn’t have to learn all of them. However, they should still be familiar with the most important ones because a good knowledge of idioms is essential to understand most varieties of spoken English.

You can find a list of some of the most common English idioms on this page.

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