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Top 200 Idioms

These are the 200 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"

2a tall order
  • an unreasonable or difficult demand.

    "they thought that the deadline was a tall order"

3all the way up
  • without limit or reservation.

    "I'm with you all the way"

4alma mater
  • the school, college, or university that one once attended.

    "he started teaching at his alma mater"

5as bold as brass
  • confident to the point of impudence.

    "she marched into the library as bold as brass"

6as thick as thieves
  • (of two or more people) very close or friendly; sharing secrets.

    "he and Auntie Lou were as thick as thieves"

7at cross purposes
  • misunderstanding or having different aims from one another.

    "we had been talking at cross purposes"

8back to the wall
  • in a desperate situation.

9bad blood
  • ill feeling.

    "there has always been bad blood between these families"

10bare bones
  • reduced to or comprising only the basic or essential elements of something.

    "a bare-bones version of the story"