Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Idioms exist in every language.

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally, like “bought the farm” has nothing to do with purchasing real estate, but refers to dying.

Idiom also refers to a dialect or jargon of a group of people, either in a certain region or a group with common interests, like in science, music, art, or business.

Common Idioms

Some idioms are used by most people that speak English; others are used by a more select group.

Common idioms that refer to people include:
  • A chip on your shoulder - means you are holding a grudge
  • High as a kite - means you are drunk or on drugs
  • Sick as a dog - means you are very ill
Idioms that refer to your actions would be:
  • Rub someone the wrong way - meaning to annoy or bother
  • Jump the gun - would mean to be doing something early
  • Pay the piper - means you need to face the consequences of your actions
Some idioms use color words to convey other meanings.

For example, there are several that use the word “blue:”

“The blues” can refer to both a style of music and feeling sad. If something occurs rarely, it is said to happen “once in a blue moon”, because a blue moon is two full moons in one month, which doesn’t happen often. “Out of the blue” means something happens that was unexpected.


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