Examples of Idiom
Post by nattttAn idiom is the expression from which figurative meaning can be derived. The 25,000 idioms in English language are figures of speech which assist in expressing a particular idea with ease. One cannot derive literal meaning out of idioms.
Posted on 2011-01-11 12:18:56
For example, the idiom, to kick the bucket doesn"t actually speak about a person kicking a bucket. It is an expression used to inform about a person"s death.
Examples of Idioms:
* "The fat"s in the fire" - The damage is already done.
* "A flash in the pan" - Something that looks like it will be a big success, but does not work out.
* "Hat trick" - Scoring consecutively three times in a game.
* "In a pickle" - In an awkward or embarrassing situation.
* "The nick of time" - Just before time is up.
* "Pull the wool over someone"s eyes" - Trick or deceive.
* "Bite off more than you can chew" - Take on more than one can handle.
* "Fill someone"s shoes" - Take someone else"s place.
* "The buck stops here." - Taking responsibility for something, instead of blaming someone else.
* "Strike someone funny" - To seem funny to someone.
More examples of Idioms in Literature:
* "Her bark is worse than her bite" - Someone’s words are worse than their action.
* "Bet on the wrong horse" - Misread the future.
* "Bull in a china shop" - A person with no tact who upsets others or upsets plans.
* "Cat get one’s tongue" - Can’t speak because of shyness.
* "Every dog has his day" - Everyone will have his chance or turn; everyone will get what he deserves.
* "Get on one’s high horse" - Behave with arrogance.
* "Hit the bulls" - Eye reach the main point.
* "Lead a dog’s life" - Work hard and be treated unkindly.
* "Live high on the hog" - Have the best of everything.
* "Monkey business" - Unethical or bad activity, mischief.
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