A Bird in the hand is Worth Two In The Bush:
Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might lose everything.
A Blessing in Disguise:
Something good that isn’t recognized at first
A Chip on Your Shoulder:
Being upset for something that had happened in the past
A Dime A Dozen:
Anything that is common and easy to get.
A Drop in the Bucket:
A very small part of something big or whole
Barking Up The Wrong Tree:
A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve
Beat A Dead Horse:
To force an issue that has already ended.
Beating around the Bush:
Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
Bend over Backwards:
Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything
Bite Off More Than You Can Chew:
To take on a task that is way too big.
Close but no Cigar:
To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short.
Cock and Bull Story:
An unbelievable tale.
Come Hell Or High Water:
Any difficult situation or obstacle.
Crack someone Up:
To make someone laugh.
Cross Your Fingers:
To hope that something happens the way you want it to.
Cry over Spilt Milk:
When you complain about a loss from the past
Intentionally raise a false alarm.
One who was previously unknown and is now prominent.
100% identical. A duplicate
Someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that particular side of the argument. It can also mean one who presents a counter argument for a position they do believe in, to another debater
Dog Days of summer:
The hottest days of the summer season
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch:
Don’t rely on it until you’re sure of it.
Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining:
Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
Everything but The Kitchen Sink:
Almost everything and anything has been included.
Excuse my French:
Please forgive me for cursing.
A place where people gather to buy and sell inexpensive goods.
Flesh and Blood:
This idiom can mean living material of which people are made of, or it can refer to someone’s family.
Foam at the Mouth:
To be enraged and show it
Iron pyrites, a worthless rock that resembles real gold.
Go For Broke:
To gamble everything you have.
Go Out On A Limb:
Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/something.
Go The Extra Mile:
Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand.
Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for compensation, and no thought of a reward
Great Minds Think Alike:
Intelligent people think like each other.
He Lost His Head:
Angry and overcome by emotions.
Head Over Heels:
Very excited and/or joyful, especially when in love
Slapping palms above each other’s heads as celebration gesture.
Hit the Books:
To study, especially for a test or exam
Hit The Hay:
Go to bed or go to sleep.
In The Heat of the Moment:
Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
In Your Face:
An aggressive and bold confrontation.
It Takes Two To Tango:
A two person conflict where both people are at fault.
It’s A Small World:
You frequently see the same people in different places.
It’s Anyone’s Call:
A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict.
Knee Jerk Reaction:
A quick and automatic response.
Knock On Wood:
Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck.
Keep An Eye On Him:
You should carefully watch him.
Keep body and soul together:
To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive .
Keep your chin up:
To remain joyful in a tough situation.
Last but not least:
An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is no less important than those introduced before him/her.
Let Bygones Be Bygones:
To forget about a disagreement or argument
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie:
To avoid restarting a conflict.
Let The Cat Out Of The Bag:
To share a secret that wasn’t supposed to be shared.
Make No Bones About:
To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections
Method to My Madness:
Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason.
Nonsense or meaningless speech
Mum’s the word:
To keep quiet. To say nothing
Savings set aside for future use.
Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You:
Don’t hurt anyone that helps you.
New kid on the block:
Someone new to the group or area
On The Fence:
On The Same Page:
When multiple people all agree on the same thing
Out of the Blue:
Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.
Off On The Wrong Foot:
Getting a bad start in a relationship or a task
Over My Dead Body:
When you absolutely will not allow something to happen
Over the Top:
Practice Makes Perfect:
By constantly practising, you will become better.
Pull the plug:
To stop something. To bring something to an end
Pulling Your Leg:
Tricking someone or using a joke on them
Put a sock in it:
To tell a noisy person or a group to be quiet
An offer or deal that is declined right now but willing to accept later.
Raining Cats and Dogs:
A very loud and noisy rain storm
Rise and Shine:
Time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school.
Rome Was Not Built in One Day:
If you want something to be completely properly, then it’s going to take time.
Saved By The Bell:
Saved at the last possible moment
Someone else who takes the blame
To escape and not have to pay
Sick As a Dog:
To be very sick (with the flu or a cold)
The Ball Is In Your Court:
It is your decision this time.
The Best of Both Worlds:
There are two choices and you have them both.
The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall:
While the bigger and stronger opponent might be a lot more difficult to beat, when you do they suffer a much bigger loss.
To steal someone’s Thunder:
To take the credit for something someone else did.
Humour, not to be taken seriously.
Turn A Blind Eye:
Refuse to acknowledge something you know is real or legit.
Under the weather:
Feeling ill or sick
Up a blind alley:
Going down a course of action that leads to a bad outcome
Variety Is the Spice of Life:
The more experiences you try the more exciting life can be.
Water under the Bridge:
Anything from the past that isn’t significant or important any more.
Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve:
To openly and freely express your emotions
When It Rains, It Pours:
Since it rarely rains, when it does it will be a huge storm.
When Pigs Fly:
Something that will never ever happen
X marks the spot:
A phrase that is said when someone finds something he/she has been looking for
You Are What You Eat:
In order to stay healthy you must eat healthy foods.
You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover:
Decisions shouldn’t be made primarily on appearance.
You can’t take it With You:
Enjoy what you have, not what you don’t have. When you die you cannot take things (such as money) with you
No crime or law breaking big or small will be overlooked.
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