Commonly Used Idioms


Idioms help us convey a lot in a few words. However, their meaning is not literal but figurative. So, to understand what the other person really means, you need to have some basic idea of how idioms work.

Keep reading to find out what commonly used idioms more!

  1. Cup of tea: not one’s choice or preference
  • Statistics  is not my cup of tea.
  1. Speak of the devil!: something you say when the person you were talking about appears unexpectedly
  • Did you hear Neetu has won – speak of the devil, here she is!
  1. When pigs fly: highly unlikely to ever happen
  • She will pay you  back when pigs fly!
  1. Scratch someone’s back: do someone a favour in hopes that it will be returned.
  • I don’t mind helping her this time, she has scratched my back plenty of times.
  1. To add insult to injury: make a situation worse
  • First she came late and then, to add insult to injury, she complained about the food I had cooked.
  1. Let the cat out of the bag: to accidentally reveal a secret
  • He’s the one who let the cat out of the bag and told Priya about the surprise.
  1. Cost an arm and a leg: very expensive
  • The IPL match tickets cost me an arm and a leg.
  1. To cut corners: to do something cheaply
  • They really cut corners while constructing the place, the taps are leaking!
  1. To feel under the weather: to not feel well
  • Sheetal hasn’t come to office today, she’s feeling a bit under the weather.
  1. Bite off more than I can chew: attempt more than one is capable of doing
  • Don’t take up so many classes, you’re trying to bite off more than you can chew.
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