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Examples of Idiom


Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-11 12:18:56
An 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.

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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