English idioms and all you need to know about it

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English idioms and all you need to know about it

English Idioms are nothing but phrases and expressions which are very helpful in English speaking and comprehension.

MEANING OF ENGLISH IDIOMS

English Idioms use figurative language which is why they are not highly used in English. Idioms are a type of expression.

You might still be scratching your head (thinking) to understand certain terms of idioms. ‘To scratch one’s head’ is a common idiom that means that you are confused about something. Idioms are expressions that take the place of descriptions.

IDIOMS EXIST IN EVERY LANGUAGE.

EXAMPLES OF ENGLISH IDIOMS:

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

You can guess the meaning of this idiom This idiom means that everything is worth it in the end.

TO BEAT AROUND THE BUSH

This idiom is a figurative idiom. It means that you are not delivering your message clearly and that you are not coming to the point. It mostly happens when you don’t want to talk about something You often hear people say, “Don’t beat around the bush, tell me what actually happened!”

As we discussed, idioms describe something totally different than their meaning.

IT’S RAINING CATS AND DOGS

This is one of the most famous idioms to be used. If you were unaware of this idiom before, then it might be a little difficult for you to understand its meaning. The meaning of this idiom is ‘it is raining very heavily’.

SPILL THE BEANS

This is another idiom that is used very commonly. The meaning of this idiom is, to tell the truth. When you catch someone hiding something or something that the person is not saying, and you want them to tell the truth, you as them to ‘spill the beans’, which means to ‘ tell the truth.

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON

Refers to something that happens very occasionally. For example, “She expresses her feelings once in a blue moon”. This means that she does not express herself much. Which is the reason whenever she does it, it is once in a blue moon.

I AM ALL EARS

The meaning of this idiom is that ‘I am listening carefully and attentively’. On the other hand, a metaphor is a comparison made for effect and it can usually be understood from individual words. Poets and authors write in descriptive language which is why they use such idioms. It is common for metaphors to make connections between two concepts.

English idioms are quite an important factor to read in between the lines. In everyday speech, it is natural for English speakers to use idioms without even realizing it. You will have flowing conversations with native speakers once you understand some of the most commonly used idioms.

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