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Idioms: Meanings, Usage, and Examples

Idioms are phrases that might have a meaning but it is not complete in the actual sentence, meaning that it requires more action verbs to add a meaningful context to it.

For example: The phrase, ‘pulling someone’s leg’ is better to put as “I panicked when he said the test was tomorrow, but then I realized he was just pulling my leg.”

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Understanding the Usage

Idioms are figurative phrases that have become an integral part of our day-to-day communication. Every dialect has a different variety of idioms that are used as a part of sarcasm and even as a pun. But idiomatic phrases usually have a deeper meaning and are used creatively while expressing feelings and thoughts. 

Experts explain that using idioms shows how complex and creative a human mind is. Idioms help in conveying information in an artistic way. Moreover, they act as a bridge between two dialects and thus bring together humans expressing similar thoughts by using unique phrases. 

Most Common Idioms 

Have a look at the most common idioms used-

  • Beat around the bush– Avoid saying what you mean, usually because it is uncomfortable
  • Break a leg– Good luck
  • Call it a day– Stop working
  • Cost an arm and a leg– Very expensive
  • Don’t cry over spilled milk- There’s no reason to complain about something that can’t be fixed
  • Once in a blue moon– Rarely
  • Through thick and thin- Supporting someone through their good and bad times
  • A blessing in disguise– Something that seems bad, but turns out good
  • Under the weather– Refers to feeling mildly sick, like suffering from a common cold

There are no hard and fast rules for idioms. The more one reads, the better will be the knowledge of the use of idiomatic phrases. Since the number of idioms runs into hundreds, practicing is the only way to memorize. Eventually, logical thinking and contextual meaning will help one to spot the correct meaning of any idiom.

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