30+ Popular English Idioms Frequently Used In Daily Conversations

As a non-native speaker of English, the best way to understand English idioms is to memorize their meanings from the standpoint of a native speaker.

Common English Idioms

List of Idioms

  • Hit the hay
  • Tie the knot
  • Eat crow
  • Bent out of shape
  • Pie in the sky
  • A bad egg
  • A drop in the bucket
  • A couch potato
  • To kill 2 birds with 1 stone
  • Break a leg
  • Spit it out
  • I have butterflies in my stomach
  • Get up on the wrong side of the bed
  • A blessing in disguise
  • Actions speak louder than words
  • A piece of cake
  • Beating around the bush
  • Big task on your hand
  • Can’t stand (something)
  • Check out that
  • Close but no cigar
  • Don’t swear it
  • Driving me bananas
  • Easier said than done
  • Get out of town
  • Get over it
  • Gone off track
  • Hands down
  • Hang on a second
  • Hang out
  • Have stumbled upon
  • Hold your horses
  • I made a key decision
  • Inside scoop
  • In the bag
  • I was knocked on my heels

English Idioms with their Meanings

1. Hit the hay

  • Meaning: Go to bed

2. Tie the knot

  • Meaning: To get married

3. Eat crow

  • Meaning: To have to admit that you made a mistake

4. Bent out of shape

  • Meaning: To feel upset or annoyed about something

5. Pie in the sky

  • Meaning: Something you hope will happen, but is very likely

6. A bad egg

  • Meaning: Someone who behaves in a dishonest way

7. Buy a lemon

  • Meaning: To buy something that doesn’t work well (usually refers to care)

8. A drop in the bucket

  • Meaning: A very small or unimportant amount

9. A couch potato

  • Meaning: Someone who sits around and matches too much TV

10. To kill 2 birds with 1 stone

  • Meaning: To solve 2 problems at once with 1 action.

11. Break a leg

  • Meaning: Good luck

12. Spit it out

  • Meaning: Say what you are trying to say

13. I have butterflies in my stomach

  • Meaning: You are either in love or nervous

14. Get up on the wrong side of the bed

  • Meaning: Someone that is having a horrible day

15. A blessing in disguise

  • Meaning: Seems bad, but is actually good

16. Actions speak louder than words

  • Meaning: Actions are more important than words

17. A piece of cake

  • Meaning: Easy

18. Beating around the bush

  • Meaning: Not discussing what is important/ procrastinating

19. Big task on your hand

  • Meaning: Having something important to finish

20. Can’t stand (something)

  • Meaning: To dislike something

21. Check out that

  • Meaning: Give that a look

22. Close but no cigar

  • Meaning: Close but failed at the end

23. Don’t swear it

  • Meaning: Don’t worry about it

24. Driving me bananas

  • Meaning: Making me feel crazy

25. Easier said than done

  • Meaning: Easy to say, but hard to actually do

26. Get out of town

  • Meaning: I don’t believe you

27. Get over it

  • Meaning: Forget about the past

28. Gone off track

  • Meaning: Forgot about your future goal

29. Hands down

  • Meaning: For certain the right answer

30. Hang on a second

  • Meaning: Wait for a moment

31. Hang out

  • Meaning: Spend time with a friend

32. Have stumbled upon

  • Meaning: To accidentally discover something

33. Hold your horses

34. I made a key decision

  • Meaning: Make an important decision

35. Inside scoop

  • Meaning: The details

36. In the bag

  • Meaning: Will definitely happen

37. I was knocked on my heels

  • Meaning: I was surprised

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Delwar Sayeed
Delwar Sayeed
3 years ago

Pie in the sky.Hmmmmm….

3 years ago

Please always send ne

3 years ago


Stefanija. Very interesting
Stefanija. Very interesting
3 years ago

That’s sound great!

Joel Torres
Joel Torres
2 years ago

Hold your horses…. that’s it?

Daniel Ouellette
Daniel Ouellette
1 year ago

pie in the sky…something that is very UNlikely to happen (correction)

9 months ago

thanks alot!that was awsome

5 months ago

wanna have sex

Last edited 5 months ago by adwada
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