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Top 500 Idioms

These are the 500 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 fish out of water
  • a person in a completely unsuitable environment or situation.

    "senior bankers are fish out of water when it comes to international lending"

2a hard nut to crack
  • a difficult problem or an opponent that is hard to beat.

3a quick buck
  • easily and quickly earned money.

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

4a sight for sore eyes
  • a person or thing that one is extremely pleased or relieved to see.

    "the mighty Cairngorms are a sight for sore eyes in any rambler's book"

  • a person or thing that is particularly impressive or worth seeing.

    "Selwyn's garden was a sight to behold"

5a stitch in time saves nine
  • if you sort out a problem immediately it may save a lot of extra work later.

6a tall order
  • an unreasonable or difficult demand.

    "they thought that the deadline was a tall order"

7absence makes the heart grow fonder
  • you feel more affection for those you love when parted from them.

8act of god
  • an instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation (often used in insurance claims).

    "the flooding was surely an act of God"

  • the consequences or aftereffects of a significant unpleasant event.

    "food prices soared in the aftermath of the drought"

  • new grass growing after mowing or harvest.

10against the grain
  • contrary to the natural inclination or feeling of someone or something.

    "it goes against the grain to tell outright lies"