20 Idioms and their meanings

In conjunction with the LANGUAGE MONTH, every class is asked to sent 2 representative to share a few interesting idioms with SMKGRians every morning during the assembly.

An idiom is a structured expression and with a fixed meaning, irrespective of the meanings of the words in it.

  1. Kick the bucket – Euphemism for dying or death.
  2. Bite the dust – Euphemism for dying or death.
  3. Pushing up daisies – Euphemism for dying or death.
  4. Right as rain – Needed, appropriate, essential, or hoped-for and has come to mean perfect, well, absolutely right.
  5.  A bitter pill  – A situation or information that is unpleasant but must be accepted.
  6. Fit as a fiddle  – In good physical health.
  7.  By the seat of your pants  – To achieve through instinct or do something without advance preparation.
  8.  Off your trolley  or Off your rocker – Crazy, demented, out of one’s mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
  9. Basket case  – One made powerless or ineffective, as by nerves, panic or stress.
  10. Piece of cake  – A job, task or other activity that is pleasant – or, by extension, easy or simple.
  11. Beat around the bush  – To treat a topic, but omit its main points, often intentionally or To delay or avoid talking about something difficult or unpleasant.
  12.  Take the cake – To be especially good or outstanding.
  13. Bent out of shape – Getting worked up, aggravated, or overly annoyed at something that usually can’t be helped.
  14. Bite the bullet- To endure a painful or unpleasant situation that is unavoidable.
  15. Break a leg – A saying from the theatre which means “good luck.”
  16. Burning the midnight oil – To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
  17. Bite off more than you can chew – To take on more responsibility than you can manage.
  18. Bust your chops – To say things intended to harass.
  19. By the skin of your teeth- Narrowly; barely. Usually used in regard to a narrow escape from a disaster.
  20. Call it a day – To declare the end of a task. “
  21. Under the weather – Feel sick or poorly
  22. Cold shoulder- To pay no attention to or to disrespect.
  23. Caught his/her eye – To become aware of.
  24.  Easy as pie – An action that is considered very easy to accomplish



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