Idiomatic Expression

An idiomatic expression is a number of words (a phrase) where the words together have a meaning that is different from the meaning of the individual words that you find in the dictionary.

Example: Hit the road
Means: Begin a journey - Leave now.
"Hit the road or you will be late."


Top Idiomatic Expressions


- A piece of cake.
Means: very easy to do. Example: This job is a piece of cake.

- Under the weather.
Means: feeling not well. Example: I feel under the weather.

- Rise and shine.
Means: Wake up and be happy. Example: Rise and shine baby.

- Keep your chin up.
Means: To act brave and confident. Example: Keep your chin up. Don't take your troubles to bed with you.

- Tickled pink.
Means: Very pleased, delighted. Example: I was tickled pink by the compliment.

- Butterflies in one's stomach.
Means: Fluttering sensations caused by a feeling of nervous anticipation. Example: I always get butterflies in my stomach before making a speech.

- Bend over backwards.
Means: Try very hard to please someone. Example: He always bends over backwards when he sees that girl.

- In the same boat.
Means: All of us are in the same position. Work as a group. Example: We 're all in the same boat.

- End of the road.
Means: The conclusion or final outcome. Example: It was obviously the end of the road for this television series.

- Break a leg.
Means: Used to wish good luck to stage performers before an opening. Example: Go break your leg.

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The song "Hit the Road, Jack" has examples of idiomatic expressions that are used in informal speech and writing. Listen to the song below and read the text.





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