A to Z list of Idioms and phrases with their meanings and examples
This lesson you will learn the meaning of some of the idioms from the England and around the world. The lesson is to help you understand the meanings when you read about them or hear them.
** Some of the slang words are of an adult nature **
How do I use the list of idioms from A to Z?
Click on each letter of the alphabet to get the list of the idioms with an explanation of each.
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What is an idiom?
An idiom (full name is idiomatic expression) can be an expression, word, or phrase that only has a meaning to the native speaker. The meaning of an idiom is total different from the literal meaning of the idiom's individual elements.
Idioms do not mean exactly what the words say. They have a hidden meaning.
Example of idioms with there literal meaning and idiomatic meaning
One of the more common idioms in the English language is, “break a leg”.
Before Peter went on the stage for the show, John told him to break a leg.
Literal meaning: I am telling you to break a bone in your leg and then you will probably have to the hospital afterwards to get a cast put on your leg.
Idiomatic meaning: Do your best and good luck . A lot of actors and actresses tell each other to “break a leg” as they are about to goon stage to perform it is deemed to be good luck.
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