100 Important Idioms and Their Meanings

100 Important Idioms Eduhyme

Idioms are an integral part of any language, adding color and depth to our expressions. These phrases, which often have figurative meanings beyond their literal interpretations, are essential to understanding the nuances of a language.

In this article, we present 100 important idioms with their meanings to help you improve your English language skills and enhance your communication abilities.

  1. To add insult to injury ; To intensify a person
  2. To be born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth ; To be born in a rich family
  3. A bolt from the blue ; An expected disaster
  4. To blow one’s own trumpet ; To boast
  5. A bone of contention ; Cause of quarrel
  6. To burn one’s fingers ; To suffer
  7. To beat black & blue ; To beat mercilessly
  8. To cast an aspersion ; To bring discredit
  9. To cry over spilt milk ; To feel sorry for what has happened
  10. To cut a sorry figure ; To make a poor impression
  11. To die in harness ; To die while doing one’s duty
  12. To end in smoke ; To fail
  13. To go to the dogs ; To be ruined
  14. To hang in the balance ; To remain undecided
  15. To hit the nail on the head; To do the right thing at the right time
  16. To hold water ; To sound logical
  17. To live no stone unturned ; To try one’s level best
  18. To live from hand to mouth ; To live with great difficulty
  19. To make up one’s mind ; To decide
  20. To see eye to eye with ; Agree
  21. To play ducks and drakes ; Waste
  22. To put the cart before the hors ; To do a thing in a wrong way
  23. To have too many irons in the fire ; To have too many things in hand
  24. To read b/w the lines ; To try to understand the hidden meaning
  25. To turn over a new leaf ; To change for the better
  26. To take the bull by horns; To face difficulties boldly
  27. To win laurels ; To distinguish oneself
  28. At daggers drawn ; At enmity or fighting
  29. Blake and white ; Written
  30. By leaps and bounds ; Very fast
  31. In cold blood ; deliberately
  32. Laid up with ; Confined to bed
  33. Ins and outs ; Full details
  34. A black sheep ; Scoundrel; a bad person
  35. A cock and bull story ; An absurd tale
  36. A gala day ; A day of festivity; a holiday with rejoicing
  37. A hard nut to crack ; A difficult person or problem to deal with
  38. A turn coat ; One who changes one’s opinion or party
  39. A fool’s paradise ; In a state of happiness founded on vain hopes
  40. Beat a retreat ; To retire before the enemy
  41. To be on the horns of a dilemma; To have a choice b/w two equal evils
  42. To beat about the bush ; Approach a subject in a round about method
  43. Bury the hatchet ; To make peace
  44. By fits and starts ; Irregularly
  45. Capital punishment ; Death sentence
  46. By hook or by crook ; By fair or foul means
  47. Eat humble pie ; To face humiliation
  48. Hit below the belt ; To act unfairly
  49. In apple pie order ; In perfect order
  50. Leave one in lurch ; To desert in difficulty
  51. To make a clean breast of ; To confess fully one’s faults
  52. To nip the evil in the bud ; To destroy an evil in early stage
  53. Pick holes in another’s coat ; To find fault with another
  54. Scot free ; To go unpunished
  55. Smell a rat ; To have a reason to suspect
  56. Through thick and thin ; Through every difficulty
  57. True to one’s salt ; Faithful to one’s master
  58. To turn the corner ; To begin to improve
  59. With a grain of salt ; To accept a statement with doubt as to its complete true
  60. Worship the rising sun ; To respect one rising in power
  61. A Herculean task ; An extremely difficult or dangerous task
  62. A fish out of water ; In a wrong place
  63. A leap in the dark ; An act of which we can’t force consequences
  64. A thorn in one’s side ; A constant source of annoyance
  65. To be at one’s beck and call ; Under one’s absolute control
  66. Bread and Butter ; Means of subsistence
  67. Burn one’s fingers ; To get into trouble
  68. Burn the candle at both ends; Use up too much energy
  69. To cut the Gordian knot ; To solve the difficulty
  70. Cut and dried ; Ready-made
  71. Feather one’s own nest ; To make money by unfair means
  72. To fish in troubled water ; To do something under very unpromising circumstance
  73. To give oneself airs ; Affected manners
  74. To give the devil his due ; To allow even a bad man the credit due
  75. To hang by thread ; To be in a critical condition
  76. A henpecked husband ; A man habitually snubbed by his wife
  77. Hush money ; Money given as a bribe to hush or make one keep silent
  78. Kick up a row ; Make a great noise
  79. To let the cat out of the bag; To reveal a secret
  80. Null and void ; Not valid; of no effect
  81. On the spur of the moment; At once
  82. Pay one back in one’s own coin ; To treat in the same way as one has been treated
  83. Put in cold storage; To forget or neglect something
  84. Pull wires ; To manage the show by secret Influence
  85. Read b/w the lines ; To hit at the real meaning
  86. Sit on the fence ; To avoid taking sides; to remain neutral
  87. A square deal ; Justice
  88. Sword of Damocles ; Treating danger
  89. To take up the gauntlet ; To accept the challenge
  90. To eat one’s heart out ; To suffer silently, bitterly
  91. B/t the devil and the deep sea ; B/w two dangers equally harmful
  92. A sweet tooth ; A liking for sweetmeat
  93. A dark horse ; An unknown person
  94. A bottleneck ; Anything that cause delays
  95. To put one’s foot down ; To show determination
  96. A wet blanket ; A grumbling, depressing person
  97. To throw up the sponge ; To acknowledge defeat
  98. A feather in one’s cap ; Something to be proud of
  99. A red letter day ; An auspicious day
  100. Bag and baggage ; With all one’s belongings
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