Here are 10 English language idioms, that you might find useful to know.
A bitter pill (to swallow)
A situation or information that is unpleasant but must be accepted.
Losing to a younger player was a bitter pill to swallow.
Not winning the Premiership was a bitter pill to swallow for a team that was used to winning every year.
It’s raining cats and dogs!
Something that you could say when it is raining heavily.
Charlie: How’s the weather in London?
Mary: Oh, it’s raining cats and dogs.
An Arm and a Leg
Very expensive, a large amount of money.
Everything the restaurant offers tastes good, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
iPhones cost an arm and a leg.
Piece of cake
Something that is very easy to do.
When you know what you’re doing, it’s a piece of cake.
That exam was a piece of cake!
Piece of cake!
Listening intently; fully focused or awaiting an explanation.
Well, hurry up and tell me. I’m all ears.
She was all ears after her name was announced.
A hot potato
Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually causes a lot of disagreement.
The EU debate is a political hot potato in the United Kingdom.
Take with a grain of salt
To understand that something is likely to be untrue or incorrect.
I’ve read the article, which I take with a grain of salt.
She always takes survey findings with a grain of salt.
Barking up the wrong tree
To be wrong about the reason for something or the way to achieve something.
He had nothing to do with the robbery – the police are really barking up the wrong tree this time.
She thinks it’ll solve the problem, but I think she’s barking up the wrong tree.
Under the weather
Feel sick or poorly.
I feel sort of under the weather today.
Whatever I ate for lunch is making me feel a bit under the weather.
Call it a day
To declare the end of a task. To quit work and go home or to say that a day’s work has been completed.
I’m tired. Let’s call it a day.
The boss was mad because Tom called it a day at noon and went home.
Let’s call it a day on this article.