An Idiom is a phrase, saying or a group of words that has a metaphorical (not literal) meaning. They play a vital role in English language. Idioms improve your speaking as well as writing skills. Also they make the language more interesting.
Here are some idioms with their meanings as well as examples which you can use in your day to day conversations…and will help you to improve your English vocabulary in an amusing way…..
- A Hot potato
Meaning- a controversial issue or situation that is awkward or unpleasant to deal with.
Example – Tax has become a political hot potato.
2. Once in a blue moon
Meaning- very rarely.
Example– My uncle visit our house once in a blue moon.
3. Raining cats and dogs
Meaning-: raining very heavily
Example- : Our picnic was cancelled because it was raining cats and dogs.
4. Apple of one’s eye
Meaning: someone very precious or dear
Example- : Every kid in the world is the apple of their parents’ eye(s).
5. Lose ground
Meaning- becoming less powerful or Fail to hold one’s position;
Example– The company is losing ground at international level.
6. Black sheep
Meaning– someone who acts differently than the expected norm.
Example– Riya is the black sheep in the family because she is a writer whereas everyone else is an engineer.
7. Going on a wild goose chase
Meaning: doing something that is pointless.
Example– We wasted all our day going on a wild goose chase.
8. Killing two birds with one stone
Meaning: Accomplishing two different tasks in the same undertaking
Example– I read the newspaper while sipping my morning cup of tea, killing two birds with one stone.
9. Burning bridges
Meaning: Damaging a relationship beyond repair
Example-I don’t want to burn bridges in this argument.
10. Run like the wind
Meaning: To run really fast
Example– She won the race because she ran like the wind.