Action Verb Idioms
Here are some action verb idioms in English.
Kick a habit
To kick a habit is to stop doing something habitual. This is an idiom usually used with smoking and drinking.
- It is high time you kicked your smoking habit.
Another idiom that has similar meanings is ‘kick the butt’.
- He is struggling hard to kick the butt. (= He is struggling hard to quit smoking.)
Kiss something goodbye
To kiss something goodbye is to forget it; to end something
- We were arguing all the time, so I felt that it was time we kissed our relationship goodbye.
I lent him some money and had to kiss it goodbye.
Drop a line
To drop a line is to stay in contact, usually by mail
- If you need my help, just drop me a line.
Climb the wall
To climb the wall is to become extremely impatient, excited or agitated
- She is climbing the wall waiting to hear from her daughter.
- I am climbing the wall waiting for an interview call.
Blow someone’s lid
To blow one’s lid is to become very angry
- John’s father blew his lid when he heard about his son’s drinking habits.
Drop a bundle
To drop a bundle is to spend a lot of money
- Peter has just bought a luxury apartment. I am sure he has dropped a bundle.
Become very sad or depressed; when businesses hit bottom, they make loss
- Our profits have hit bottom. This is our worst year ever.
Bite the bullet
To bite the bullet is to accept something difficult and try to live with it
- Although Jim lost one leg in the accident, he didn’t lose hope. He just bit the bullet and learned to live with it.