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ESOL 6

Idioms

Idioms or "figures of speech"    

 

Idiom      

 

An idiom is symbolic or figurative, and is not meant literally.   

 

 

Examples of idioms - [The idiom is in quotes (quotation marks). The literal meaning is below the idiom.]

 

“Actions speak louder than words”       

People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.    

 


“Cut corners”       

When something is done badly to save time or money.   

 


“Every cloud has a silver lining”       

Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.   

 


“Feeling under the weather”       

Feeling slightly sick or ill.    

 


“To make a long story short”       

Come to the point of a story - leave out details.   

 


“Miss the boat”       

Someone missed his or her chance for success.   

 


“On the ball”       

When someone understands the situation well.    

 


“A piece of cake”       

A job, task, or other activity that is easy or simple.    

 


“See eye to eye”       

When two, or more, people agree on something.    

 


“Take it with a grain of salt”      

Don’t take what someone says too seriously.