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List of idioms beginning with A English lesson

Idioms beginning with A with example

This lesson is following on from small list on English idioms, again you will be able to use the list below to learn any idioms that you read about or hear about you don't understand.

How do I use this online English book of idioms and phrases?

Click on each letter of the alphabet to get the list of the idioms with an explanation of each.

[ A ] [ B ] [ C ] [ D ] [ E ] [ F ] [ G ] [ H ] [ I ] [ J ] [ K ] [ L ] [ M ] [ N ] [ O ] [ P ] [ Q ] [ R ] [ S ] [ T ] [ U ] [ V ] [ W ] [ X ] [ Y ] [ Z ]

List of Idioms beginning with A

A big cheese- an important or a powerful person in a group or family

A bird's eye view- a view from a very high place which allows you to see a large area

A bone of contention- something that people argue for a long time

A cock and a bull story- a story or an explanation which is obviously not true.

At the crack of the dawn- very early in morning

A cuckoo in the nest- someone in a group of people but not liked by them.

A litmus test- a method which clearly proves something

As the crow flies- measuring distance between two places in a straight line.

A dead letter- an argument or law not followed by anyone.

At the drop of the hat- u do something easily and without any preparation

An early bird- someone who gets early in the morning

An educated guess- a guess which was likely to get corrected

At the eleventh hour- be too late.

A queer fish- a strange person

A wakeup call- an event done to warn someone

A worm's eye view- having very little knowledge about something

A witch hunt- an attempt to find and punish those who have options that are believed to be dangerous

At the heels of- to follow someone

A dish fit for Gods- something of very high quality

A game of two equal halves- a sudden change in circumstances

Afraid of one's own shadow- to become easily frightened

Against the clock- to be in a hurry to do something before a particular time

Air one's dirty laundry- to make public something embarrassing that should be kept secret.

All systems go- everything is ready.

An arm and a leg- a large amount of money

Appear out of now here- to appear suddenly without warning.

Apple of someone's eye- someone loved very much.

Ask for the moon- to ask for too much.

Asleep at the switch- not to be alert on opportunity

At sixes and sevens- to be lost and bewildered

At someone's beck and call- to be always ready to serve

At the bottom of the ladder- at the lowest level

A house of cards- a poor plan

At an arm's length- to keep at a distance

At sixes and sevens- in disorder

A boon in disguise- a benefit in loss

A bull in a China shop- an awkward person

A red letter day- an important day

A nine days wonder- pleasure for a short time

A bit under the weather- falling ill

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