English idioms are a big part of daily English. Learning common idioms and expressions will make you sound more like a native speaker.
Idioms generally do not make sense literally. You should get used to meaning and usage of idioms.
You will hear or read these common idioms almost in every movie,T.V show, newspaper and magazine etc.
We have picked only fresh and common English idioms, so you won’t have any communication problem with any English speaker around the world.
Listen 100 Commonly Used English Idioms (22 min)
Commonly Used Idioms List & Examples
1. A piece of cake – something very easy.
“Students found the lesson to be a piece of cake because it was incredibly easy.”
2. When pigs fly – something that will never happen.
“I guess she’ll pay you back your money – when pigs fly.”
3. See eye to eye – agreeing with someone.
“Her brother and she sees eye to eye on most things.”
4. Break a leg – good luck.
“You have a quiz tomorrow right? Break a leg!”
5. Can’t stand (something) – to dislike something.
“I can’t stand bad manners.”
6. Don’t sweat it – don’t worry about it.
” Don’t sweat it – you’ll pass the test, no problem.”
7. Driving one bananas – to make someone feel stressed / to drive one crazy.
“You’re driving me bananas with all those questions.”
8. Get out of town – an expression of surprise or disbelief.
“Your mother coming to visit next week? Get out of town! I’m so excited!”
9. Hold your horses – wait a moment or be patient .
“Just hold your horses! Let’s think about this for a moment.”
10. A penny for your thoughts – way of asking what someone is thinking.
“After minutes of silence Jack finally looked at her and said, “A penny
for your thoughts, Emily.”
11. Actions speak louder than words – what you do is more significant than what you say.
“Don’t give me empty promises. You know actions speak louder than words.”
12. An arm and a leg – a lot of money.
“This new phone will cost you an arm and leg bro.”
13. At the drop of a hat – immediately; without any hesitation.
“She was ready to go shopping at the drop of a hat.”
14. Ball is in your court – it is up to you to take the next step.
“I’ve made my decision, now the ball is in your court.”
15. Best thing since sliced bread – a good idea or plan; an excellent new invention.
“I love your idea. It’s the best thing since sliced bread.”