Definition of the most common 100 idioms and phrases in English language

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Common idioms and idiomatic expressions for kids in the English language.

  Believe it or not You might not believe this but…
  Bites more than he/she can chew Takes more responsibility than he/she can handle
  Break a leg! Good luck!
  Business as usual Things are the same as usual
  Costs arm and a leg Costs a lot
   Dawn till dusk From morning till the evening
   Dozen a dime/dime a dozen So easy to find, not so valuable
   Nitty gritty The most essential part of
   Nuts and bolts Details
   On the flip side On the other hand
   Party animal A person who likes partying
   Sounds like a broken record Repeating the same things over and over
   Speaking of which  I like apple, speaking of which I will grab some apple juice for my self
   Strike a balance Have a good balance of
   Testing the waters Experimenting, assessing the reaction
   The bottom line is  Simply put…It all comes down to
   Think outside the box Think differently
   You gotta be kidding me you must be joking
   1 o’clock “sharp” “Exactly” at 1 o’clock
   Back to the grind Back to the usual
   Chicken Coward/ afraid or nervous about doing things
   Don’t joke with me Are you serious?? Don’t mess with me
   Down to earth Realistic
   Get a life Try to be like a normal person, pay attention to things that are important
   Get to the point Don’t beat around the bush
   Give somebody a hard time Bothering someone
   Give someone a hand Help someone
   Go Dutch Splitting the bill, paying 50/50
   Good for nothing Not good
   Hold on a second Just wait a moment
   I beg to differ I’d rather take a different stance on this topic
   I blew it I wasted my chance
   I’m hosed I am in a bad situation
   I’m on my way to… I am heading towards to…
   In terms of X When X is evaluated.
   It’s a long story What you are asking me is a complicated matter
   It’s a piece of cake So easy
   Keep me in the loop Keep me posted, keep me updated
   Keep your cool Just stay calm
   Know something inside out Know every detail, know by heart
   Make up one’s mind Making a decision
   Now and then Sometimes, once in a while
   Pie in the sky Ridiculous
   Play it by ear Decide about something when it happens instead of making a decision in advance
   Rings a bell Sounds familiar
   Rise and shine parents tell this to their children to wake them up
   Sleep on it Think about it little more
   Sort of Kind of,
   Take a hike Just get away, get out of here
   Throw in the towel Give up, quit
   Under the radar Without attracting notice
   When it comes to X If we talk about X…
   You Bet I agree with you
   You’re telling me! Yes! I totally agree with you
  a red flag a sign that makes someone/something unreliable
  I don’t get it I don’t understand
  Round the clock 24 hours a day
 … You name it Anything related that you can imagine
 ….You never know Don’t leave your door open, you never know what might happen
 …and what not. ..And so on, anything you can imagine
 Beats me I don’t know how it happened but it makes me feel bad
 Behave yourself Act politely, properly
 Big deal Important thing
 Broke Have no money
 By and large Generally
 Call it a day Finish working
 Couch potato Someone sits in front of TV all the time
 Don’t be a stranger We are friends, please stop by whenever you can
 Don’t sweat it Don’t worry about it, don’t make a big deal out of it
 Easier said than done It is always easier to say/claim something, but hard to do/execute
 Even Steven Equal, fair
 Fair enough What you recommend is OK
 Feel blue Feel sad or depressed
 Fender bender Very small, trivial damage
 First come first served People will be served in the order of arrival
 Get a foot in the door Start something, enter the organization
 Get on one’s nerves You are getting on my nerves: you are annoying me
 Get out of here! Are you serious??
 Getting goosebumps Getting excited
 Give It to me straight Please tell me straightforward
 Go for it Yes, you should try it
 Go with the flow Doing things like everyone else, trying not to stand out
 going nuts Going crazy/ insane
 Got It Got it: I understood what you said
 Grab a bite Eat, have a meal
 The grass is greener on the other side Things we don’t own always look more attractive
 Hang in there Just keep what you are doing, don’t give up
 Have the guts Have courage
 He lost it He lost his temper
 Hop In  Get in the car, jump in the car
 I blew it! I wasted my chance
 I can eat a horse I am so hungry
 I don’t buy it I don’t believe it
 I had a second thought about it I changed my mind
 I owe you one You just helped me and I have to help you with something else in the future
 In a nutshell In summary, briefly
 It totally slipped my mind I totally forgot about it
 It’s a Deal Yes, I agree to your offer
 It’s written all over your face You are lying, your facial expression gives you away
 Jump to conclusions Making conclusions/generalizations too quickly
 Keep an eye on Making sure something is safe or OK. Can you keep an eye on my computer while I’m outside?
 Keep in touch Keeping in contact
 Keeping my fingers crossed I’m keeping my fingers crossed: I hope for the best outcome
 My two cents That’s my opinion
 Nature calls I have to run to the bathroom
 No strings attached There is no trick or future negative consequences
 Now you’re talking I agree with you. What you just said is better than the other things you said
 Oh! Shoot Oh no!
 Out of the blue Unexpectedly
 Out of this world So good, great
 Over my dead body You have to kill me to do that, I will not let that happen
 Over my head Beyond my understanding, difficult for me to understand
 Pain in the a../neck Tough to do, something that is difficult. Doing this homework is a pain in the neck
 Piece of cake Very easy
 Pulling my leg Tricking me, playing a joke
 Put yourself in my place/shoes Presume that you are me, what if you were me
 Rain or shine Regardless of the weather
 Read between the lines Understand what others intend to say without words
 Sick and tired of something Feeling bad about  Something that has been happening all the time
 Silver Lining Every difficult situation has an advantage
 Sooner or later Eventually …, one day …
 Take it easy Don’t try so hard, enjoy what you are doing
 Taking something for face value Accepting something automatically, not thinking deeply about it
 Thank Goodness Luckily
 Under the weather Not feeling good
 What a small world What a coincidence
 What gives? What is the matter? What is the reason …?
 You can say that again What you just said was great
 You made it! You succeeded, you arrived on time
 You snooze, you lose! Don’t hesitate to do it
 You’ve got to be kidding You must be joking
Before you know it Before you realize what’s happening
Close call Usually said after something just misses the target
Crashed at/into To stay without formal notice
Dire Straights Difficult financial situation
Down the road In the future
Drama Queen Girl/woman who wants to be the center of attention and causes troubles all the time
Drop the ball Making a mistake
if you connect the dots If you look at the big picture
in a sense that From a different perspective
It depends… Depends on a situation
Judgment call The rules are not clear
Jury is out The final decision still hasn’t been made
Let me put it this way Let me try to explain in different words
Pay it forward A favor received should be done to others
Perse Only this/these
R.I.P. Abbreviation for “Rest In Peace”, e.g. R.I.P. Michael Jackson
Raising eyebrows Hard to believe /trust
Right around the corner Soon
RSVP Abbreviation for “Please reply”
Self-explanatory Easy to understand without an explanation
So be it Let it happen
So to speak In other words
Stakes are high Many people/organizations have an interest in this matter
Step up the plate Take a responsibility
Technically speaking In technical terms
the bogeyman ghostly, monstrous creature
the bottom line is the most simple thing that should be taken into account
the holy grail an important object or goal
The other day. Recently, a few days ago, sometime in the near past
think outside the box Try to think about unconventional/unusual solutions
this is baloney This is nonsense, over exaggeration
when pigs fly It’s never going to happen
Wishful thinking Subjectively thinking what we want to happen
You know the drill You know how it is done
You nailed it You completed the task perfectly
You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours/tit for tat If you do me a favor, I’ll also do you a favor

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