IMPORTANT IDIOMS FOR ENGLISH TESTS
SSaved By The Bell:
Saved at the last possible moment.
Someone else who takes the blame.
To escape and not have to pay.
Sick As A Dog:
To be very sick (with the flu or a cold).
Riding in the front passenger seat of a car.
A paranormal sense that allows you to communicate with the dead.
The rundown area of a city where the homeless and drug users live.
Smell A Rat:
To detect someone in the group is betraying the others.
Smell Something Fishy:
Detecting that something isn’t right and there might be a reason for it.
Son of a Gun:
Someone who is left-handed.
The exact likeness or kind.
Start From Scratch:
To do it all over again from the beginning.
The Ball Is In Your Court:
It is your decision this time.
The Best Of Both Worlds:
There are two choices and you have them both.
The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall:
While the bigger and stronger opponent might be a lot more difficult to beat, when you do they suffer a much bigger loss.
The Last Straw:
When one small burden after another creates an unbearable situation, the last straw is the last small burden that one can take.
The Whole Nine Yards:
Everything. All of it.
Third times a charm:
After no success the first two times, the third try is a lucky one.
Tie the knot:
To get married.
Till the cows come home:
A long time.
To Make A Long Story Short:
Something someone would say during a long and boring story in order to keep his/her audience from losing attention. Usually the story isn’t shortened.
To Steal Someone’s Thunder:
To take the credit for something someone else did.
Tongue And Cheek:
humor, not to be taken serious.
Turn A Blind Eye:
Refuse to acknowledge something you know is real or legit.
Twenty three skidoo:
To be turned away.
UUnder the weather:
Feeling ill or sick.
Up a blind alley:
Going down a course of action that leads to a bad outcome.
Use Your Loaf:
Use your head. Think smart.
Van Gogh’s ear for music:
Variety Is The Spice Of Life:
The more experiences you try the more exciting life can be.
Wag the Dog:
A diversion away from something of greater importance.
Water Under The Bridge:
Anything from the past that isn’t significant or important anymore.
Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve:
To openly and freely express your emotions.
When It Rains, It Pours:
Since it rarely rains, when it does it will be a huge storm.
When Pigs Fly :
Something that will never ever happen.
Wild and Woolly:
Uncultured and without laws.
Wine and Dine:
When somebody is treated to an expensive meal.
Without A Doubt:
X marks the spot:
A phrase that is said when someone finds something he/she has been looking for.
You Are What You Eat:
In order to stay healthy you must eat healthy foods.
You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover:
Decisions shouldn’t be made primarily on appearance.
You Can’t Take it With You:
Enjoy what you have and not what you don’t have, since when you die you cannot take things (such as money) with you.
Your Guess Is As Good As Mine:
I have no idea.
MMake No Bones About:
To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections.
Method To My Madness:
Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason.
Nonsense or meaningless speech.
Mum’s the word:
To keep quiet. To say nothing.
Savings set aside for future use.
Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You:
Don’t hurt anyone that helps you.
New kid on the block:
Someone new to the group or area.
New York Minute:
A minute that seems to go by quickly, especially in a fast paced environment.
To not agree. To not accept a proposition.
No Room to Swing a Cat:
An unusually small or confined space.
Not Playing With a Full Deck:
Someone who lacks intelligence.
Off On The Wrong Foot:
Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.
Off The Hook:
No longer have to deal with a tough situation.
Off the Record:
Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn’t want attributed to him/her.
On Pins And Needles:
Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of something.
On The Fence:
On The Same Page:
When multiple people all agree on the same thing.
Out Of The Blue:
Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.
Out On A Limb:
When someone puts themselves in a risky situation.
Out On The Town:
To enjoy yourself by going out.
Over My Dead Body:
When you absolutely will not allow something to happen.
Over the Top: