Idiom List

  • A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush: Something in your possession is worth more than something of greater value that is uncertain.
  • A Blessing In Disguise: Good fortune that didn't appear that way in the beginning
  • A Chink In One's Armor: An area of weakness or vulnerability
  • A Chip On Your Shoulder: Carrying a grudge or being upset for past occurrences.
  • A Dime A Dozen: Things that are easily attained or commonplace
  • A Doubting Thomas: Someone who needs hard evidence or physical proof to believe anything.
  • A Drop in the Bucket: Something inconsequential; very small part of something larger.
  • A Fool And His Money Are Easily Parted: A foolish person can easily lose his/her money, especially to an unscrupulous person.
  • A Leopard Can't Change Its Spots: A person cannot change his/her basic nature.
  • A Meeting Of The Minds: Coming to an agreement or consensus on a topic
  • A Piece of Cake: An easy task; something that can be accomplished with little or no effort
  • A Slap on the Wrist: Mild punishment, especially when something stronger seems in order
  • A Taste Of Your Own Medicine: You are treated in the same manner you treat others
  • Actions Speak Louder Than Words: The things you do reveal more than the things you say.
  • Add Fuel To The Fire: Additional actions exacerbate a situation, usually meaning things go from bad to worse.
  • Against The Clock: Working to meet a deadline
  • All Bark And No Bite: Someone who is confrontational to a point but won't follow through with any real consequences
  • All Greek To Me: Anything meaningless and incomprehensible like a foreign language (Greek) would be.
  • All In The Same Boat: Everyone is experiencing the same situation, especially difficulties or challenges.
  • An Axe To Grind: Needing to resolve a personal agenda or dispute.
  • Apple of My Eye: Someone who is cherished; the favorite
  • As High As A Kite: Used to describe a sense of elation or euphoria, especially from drug or alcohol use.
  • At The Drop Of A Hat: Instantly, without hesitation.
  • Back Seat Driver: Someone who gives unsolicited advice or criticism.
  • Back To Square One: Starting over after one or more failed attempts.
  • Back To The Drawing Board: Starting over after one or more failed attempts.
  • Bad Egg:Someone who is dishonorable, a bad influence.
  • Barking Up The Wrong Tree: An erroneous assumption or failed plan of action.
  • Be On Pins And Needles:Nervously await the outcome of a situation.
  • Beat A Dead Horse: To persist in an endeavor that has obviously failed.
  • Beating Around The Bush: Avoiding the main issue by discussing other topics.
  • Bend Over Backwards: Doing anything possible to achieve a goal, especially when helping another.
  • Between A Rock And A Hard Place: Being forced to make a choice when neither option is desirable.
  • Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: To accept a task or face an adversary with little hope of success
  • Bite Your Tongue: To avoid speaking, especially when the remark is something negative.
  • Blood Is Thicker Than Water: Family relationships are the most important ones.
  • Break A Leg: A wish for good luck, especially in the theater where superstition prohibits traditional good wishes.
  • Buck stops here:Taking personal responsibility for your actions
  • Buy A Lemon: Any purchase that proves unsatisfactory, especially used when referring to vehicles.
  • Can't Cut The Mustard: Being unable to complete a task or request
  • Cash Cow: A business or activity that generates a large profit
  • Cast Iron Stomach: The ability to eat or drink things without ill effects, especially things that often cause intestinal distress for others like spicy food
  • Catch You Later: A parting remark or request for a meeting at a later time
  • Caught in the Middle: A feeling of allegiance to both groups involved in a dispute
  • Charley Horse: A cramp or painful knotting of the muscle
  • Chew someone out: Verbally chastise another person.
  • Chip on his Shoulder: Letting anger or displeasure about past events affect present behavior
  • Chow Down: Eating with gusto
  • Close but no Cigar: Falling just short of completing a desired goal or activity
  • Cock and Bull Story: An exaggerated or fabricated tale
  • Come Hell Or High Water: Indicates something that absolutely has to be accomplished regardless of the obstacles along the way
  • Crack Someone Up: Make someone laugh through humorous words or actions
  • Cry Over Spilt Milk: To complain or lament about something from the past that can't be undone.
  • Cry Wolf: Call for help when it is not needed; raise a false alarm.
  • Curiosity Killed The Cat: Being nosy or asking too many questions can get you into trouble.
  • Cut to the Chase: Get to the main point by leaving out unnecessary details