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An idiom is a common word or phrase with a culturally understood meaning that differs from what its composite words' denotations would suggest. For example, an English speaker would understand the phrase "kick the bucket" to mean "to die" – and also to actually kick a bucket. Furthermore, they would understand when each meaning is being used in context. An idiom is not to be confused with other figures of speech such as a metaphor, which invokes an image by use of implicit comparisons (e.g., "the man of steel" ); a simile, which invokes an image by use of explicit comparisons (e.g., "faster than a speeding bullet"); and hyperbole, which exaggerates an image beyond truthfulness (e.g., like "missed by a mile" ). Idioms are also not to be confused with proverbs, which are simple sayings that express a truth based on common sense or practical experience.

List of all important idioms

A bitter pillA situation or information that is unpleasant but must be accepted.
A dime a dozenAnything that is common, inexpensive, and easy to get or available any where.
Ace in the holeA hidden or secret strength, or unrevealed advantage.
Achilles' heelA metaphor for a fatal weakness in spite of overall strength.
Actions speak louder than wordsPeople's intentions can be judged better by what they do than by what they say.
Add insult to injuryTo further a loss with sarcasm or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
All earsListening intently; fully focused or awaiting an explanation.
All thumbsClumsy, awkward.
An arm and a legVery expensive or costly. A large amount of money.
Apple of discordAnything causing trouble, discord, or jealousy.
At the drop of a hatWithout any hesitation; instantly.
Back to the drawing boardWhen an attempt fails, and it's time to start planning all over again.
Ball is in your courtIt is up to you to make the next decision or step.
Balls to the wall!Full throttle; at maximum speed.
Barking up the wrong treeLooking in the wrong place.
Basket caseOne made powerless or ineffective, as by nerves, panic, or stress.
Beat around the bushTo treat a topic, but omit its main points, often intentionally or to delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
Beat a dead horseTo uselessly dwell on a subject far beyond its point of resolution.
Bed of rosesEasy and comfortable.
Best of both worldsA situation wherein someone has the privilege of enjoying two different opportunities.
Bite off more than one can chewTo take on more responsibility than one can manage.
Bite the bulletTo endure a painful or unpleasant situation that is unavoidable.
Bite the dustEuphemism for dying or death.
Break a legA saying from the theatre that means "good luck".
Burn the midnight oilTo work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
Bust one's chopsTo say things intended to harass.
By the seat of one's pantsTo achieve through instinct or do something without advance preparation.
By the skin of one's teethNarrowly; barely. Usually used in regard to a narrow escape from a disaster.
Call it a dayTo declare the end of a task.
Cat napA nap.
Chalk upTo attribute something to a particular cause.
Champ at the bit or "Chomp at the bit"To show impatience or frustration when delayed.
Cheap as chipsInexpensive or good value
Chew the fatTo chat idly or generally waste time talking.
Chink in one's armorAn area of vulnerability
Clam upTo become silent; to stop talking.
Cold shoulderTo display aloofness and disdain.
Couch potatoA lazy person.
Crocodile tearsFake tears or drama tears.(fake cry)
Cut a rugTo dance
Cut the cheeseTo fart. Also cut the mustard
Cut the mustardTo perform well; to meet expectations.
Or to fart.
Don't have a cow Don't overreact.
Don't count chickens before they hatch Don't make plans for something that may not happen; alternatively, don't make an assumption about something that does not have a definitively predetermined outcome.
Don't give up your day job A phrase implying that one is not proficient at performing a particular task and that they should not try to perform the task professionally
Drop a dime Make a telephone call; to be an informant.
Elephant in the roomAn obvious, pressing issue left unaddressed due to its sensitive nature.
Every cloud has a silver liningBe optimistic; every bad situation has some good aspect to it.
Fit as a fiddleIn good physical health.
For a songAlmost free. Very cheap.
From A to ZCovering a complete range; comprehensively.
From scratch / to make from scratchMake from original ingredients; start from the beginning with no prior preparation
Get bent out of shapeTo take offense; to get worked up, aggravated, or annoyed
Grasp the nettleTo tackle a difficulty boldly.
grass is always greener on the other sideA phrase implying that a person is never satisfied with their current situation; they think others have it better.
Have a blastTo have a good time or to enjoy oneself.
Have eyes in the back of one's head Someone can perceive things and events that are outside of their field of vision.
Heard it through the grapevine You learned something through means of a rumor.
Hit The Nail On The Head 1. To describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem; 2. To do exactly the right thing; 3.To do something in the most effective and efficient way; 4. To say exactly the right thing or to find the exact answer; 5.To be accurate or correct about something. Often abbreviated as HTNOTH all over the web
Hit the road To leave.
Hit the sack /sheets/hayTo go to bed to sleep.
I betWhen you understand why someone has a particular opinion or feels a particular way; "of course", "indeed". May also be used sarcastically.
Ignorance is bliss Life is good when you're naive to the hardships happening all around
It takes two to tango A particular action or communication requires more than one person.
Jump ship Leave a job, organization, or activity suddenly.
Kick the bucketEuphemism for dying or death.
Kill two birds with one stone To accomplish two different tasks at the same time and/or with a single action.
Let the cat out of the bag To reveal a secret.
Method to my madness Despite someone's random approach, there is actually some structure to it.
No horse in this raceNo vested interest in the outcome of a particular contest or debate
Off one's trolley or
Off one's rockerCrazy, demented, out of one's mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
Off the hookTo escape a situation of responsibility, obligation, or (less frequently) danger.
Once in a blue moon Something that occurs very rarely.
Piss in one's cornflakesTo annoy, upset, or disappoint through spiteful or irresponsible behavior.
Pop one's clogs (UK)Euphemism for dying or death.
Piece of cake A job, task or other activity that is pleasant – or, by extension, easy or simple.
Preaching to the choirTo present a side of a discussion or argument to someone who already agrees with it; essentially, wasting your time.
Pull somebody's legTo tease or to joke by telling a lie.
Pushing up daisiesEuphemism for dying or death.
Put the cat among the pigeonsTo create a disturbance and cause trouble.
Raining cats and dogsRaining really strong or hard.
Right as rainNeeded, appropriate, essential, or hoped-for and has come to mean perfect, well, absolutely right.
screw the poochTo screw up; to fail in dramatic and ignominious fashion.
Shoot the breezeTo chat idly or generally waste time talking.
Shooting fish in a barrelFrivolously performing a simple task.
Sleep with the fishesEuphemism for dying or death.
Spill the beansReveal someone's secret.
Spin one's wheelsExpel much effort for little or no gain.
Split the whistleTo arrive just on time.
Sunny smileVery happy.
Take the biscuit (UK)To be particularly bad, objectionable, or egregious.
Take the cake (US)To be especially good or outstanding.
Take with a grain of salt To not take what someone says too seriously; to treat someone's words with a degree of skepticism.
Throw under the busTo betray or sacrifice someone for selfish reasons.
Through thick and thinIn both good and bad times.
Thumb one's noseTo express scorn or to disregard.
Tie one onTo get drunk.
To steal someone's thunderTo take credit for something someone else did.
Trip the light fantasticTo dance
under my thumbunder my control
Under the weatherFeel sick or poorly
The whole nine yardsEverything. All of it.
Wild goose chaseA frustrating or lengthy undertaking that accomplishes little.
You betEquivalent of saying "that's for sure" or "of course". May also be used sarcastically.
X Marks the spotWhen someone finds something they have been looking for.
You can say that againThat is very true; expression of wholehearted agreement

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