Idioms and Phrases with their meanings

An idiom is an expression that makes a deducible meaning by combining certain words. The words used are does not mean the same in the idiom as their usual definition.

For example: “A piece of cake”

If we consider the actual meanings of these words, it would mean a slice of cake. But this idiom is used for something “Very easy to do”.

Idioms and Phrases with their meanings


The cat is out of the bag

Meaning: The secret is revealed

Sentence: Now that the cat is out of the bag, there’s nothing much she can do about it.


You can’t judge a book by its cover.

Meaning: You can’t judge the quality of a thing by mere looking at it

Sentence: He doesn’t look very intelligent but you can’t judge a book by its cover.


Glad to see the back of

Meaning: Happy to see someone leaving or something unpleasant ending

Sentence: She was so much of a pain that everyone was glad to see the back of her.


Bite the dust

Meaning: meeting the end

Sentence: The pen is out of ink, it finally bites the dust


A Hot Potato

Meaning: a conversation which is difficult to deal with

Sentence: He dropped the conversation like a hot potato.


A penny for your thoughts

Meaning: A request made to someone to ask “what they are thinking about”

Sentence: “You are saying anything, a penny for your thoughts”


Add insult to injury

Meaning: To make the bad situation worse.

Sentence: John is so upset that your anger will only add insult to the injury.


Back to the drawing board

Meaning: To fail and having to start something all over again.

Sentence: The investor didn’t like our idea, its back to the drawing board now.


Beat around the bush

Meaning: Not talking about the main topic

Sentence: Don’t beat around the bush, just get to the point.


A dime a dozen

Meaning: Of a very little value.

Sentence: Reality shows are so boring and a dime a dozen these days.

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