List of Idioms

Here are some examples of idioms.

  • Let the cat out of the bag. (Reveal a secret)
  • Spill the beans. (Reveal a secret).
  • A slap on the wrist. (A mild punishment)

  • Baker’s dozen. (Thirteen)
  • Bend over backwards. (Willing to do whatever it takes to help)
  • Bite your tongue. (Stop talking)
  • Cry wolf. (Intentionally raise a false alarm)
  • A dead ringer. (Incredibly similar)
  • Out on a limb. (A risky situation).
  • On the fence. (Undecided)
  • Pipe down. (Be quiet)
  • Start from scratch. (Restart a task from the beginning)
  • Use your loaf. (Think about it)
  • Under the weather. (Feeling unwell)
  • Smell a rat (To believe that someone isn’t acting honestly).
  • Nest egg. (Money put aside for the future).
  • Loose canon. (Someone who’s unpredictable)
  • Kick the bucket. (To die)
  • To hit the nail on the head. (To get something exactly right).
  • Hit the sack. (To go to bed).
  • Dry run. (A rehearsal)

These are just a few examples of some commonly used idioms. It is thought that there are more than 20,000 idiomatic phrases in the English language.

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