The Best English Idioms and Phrases

The majority of us are endowed with the ability to communicate; we not only speak our mother tongue, but we can also speak English. Even though we come from a place where English is not the native language, it is something to be proud of.

India is a culturally diverse country with a population of more than 130 crores people who speak 22 different languages. With that in mind, we are also the highest English-speaking country.

We all enjoy learning languages, and English is something that brings us together whether we are in north India, south India, or overseas. So, today, I’m going to share some English proverbs and Idioms that everyone should be familiar with and may employ in everyday conversations:

  • Run of the Mill: This phrase is used to describe something mundane and uninteresting in any manner. For eg: This party is a run-of-the-mill event.
  • Jump the Gun: The phrase means to act before the right or necessary time. For eg: Om jumped the gun when he married Nancy.
  • Let Bygones be bygones: The phrase means to forget the past and move on. For eg: Meeta and Raj hated each other but for their dance competition let Bygones be bygones.
  • Burn the Bridge: The phrase means to make a firm commitment to an unchangeable path. For eg: Riya burned the bridge when she left her home.
  • Sitting Ducks: The phrase means a vulnerable or defenceless target or victim. For eg: Innocent people are sitting ducks for terrorists.
  • Tip of the Iceberg: This phrase refers to a small part of a much broader situation or problem that is hidden away. For eg: Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine is only the tip of the iceberg.
  • Kiss a lot of Frogs: This phrase refers to examing a lot of something to find the real gems. For eg: I had to kiss a lot of frogs to find the original copy of Pride and Prejudice.
  • Beat around the Bush: The phrase refers to discussing a topic without getting to the point. For eg: Om instead of telling the truth, kept beating around the bush.
  • The tail of thought: The phrase refers to an idea that has been forgotten. For eg: I became distracted so I forgot my tail of thought.
  • Wet Blanket: The phrase refers to someone who ruins other people’s enjoyment by refusing to participate in or disapprove of their activities. For eg: When Nancy is drunk, she becomes a wet blanket.
  • When pigs Fly: The phrase refers to something that will never happen. For eg: Ram will fall in love when pigs fly.
  • To feel under the Weather: The idiom implies that someone is not well. For eg: Rita has been under the weather for a while.
  • Pass the Buck: The idiom means shifting the responsibility for something to someone else. For eg: When my mother asks my brother to do something, he passes the buck to me.
  • Ball by Ball Coverage: The idiom simply means describing something in grave detail. For eg: When asked about Harry Potter books, my friend gave me a ball by ball coverage.
  • To hit the nail on the head: The idiom is used to explain the specific cause of a situation or problem. For eg: The caterer hit the nail on the head when asked about food shortage.
  • Call it a day: The phrase means to stop doing something. For eg: Due to my health, I called it a day.

These are some of the most eloquent English phrases and idioms everyone should know. Try them today and make your English smoother than cheese.

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