Top 50 Idioms

These are the 50 most commonly used English idioms and their meanings. While learning idioms might seem difficult and time-consuming, it’ll help you to speak in more interesting ways and sound more natural among native English speakers.

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1a quick buck
  • easily and quickly earned money.

    "they were seen as more eager to make a quick buck"

2all the way up
  • without limit or reservation.

    "I'm with you all the way"

3as thick as thieves
  • (of two or more people) very close or friendly; sharing secrets.

    "he and Auntie Lou were as thick as thieves"

4bat an eye
  • show no surprise or concern.

    "when he told me what he'd done, I didn't bat an eye"

5been around
  • have a lot of varied experience and understanding of the world.

    "look, I've been around, I know what happens with kids like you"

6bent out of shape
  • angry or agitated.

    "he'd changed a few things around, and Glen was a little bent out of shape about it"

  • no longer having the correct or original form or contours.

    "the front wheel of the bicycle was all out of shape"

  • (of a person) in poor physical condition; unfit.

    "he was overweight and out of shape"

7beyond the pale
  • outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour.

    "the language my father used was beyond the pale"

8bigger fish to fry
  • have other or more important matters to attend to.

    "the police and courts have bigger fish to fry"

9bird’s eye view
  • a general view from above.

    "at this vantage point it's possible to have a bird's-eye view"

10blank check
  • a bank check with the amount left for the payee to fill in.