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Idiom Examples

Idioms exist in every language. An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally, like “bought the farm” has nothing to do with purchasing real estate, but refers to dying. Idiom also refers to a dialect or jargon of a group of people, either in a certain region or a group with common interests, like in science, music, art, or business.

Common idioms that refer to people include:

  •     A chip on your shoulder - means you think you know a lot
  •     High as a kite - means you are drunk or on drugs
  •     Sick as a dog - means you are very ill

Idioms that refer to your actions would be:

  •     Rub someone the wrong way - meaning to annoy or bother
  •     Jump the gun - would mean to be doing something early
  •     Pay the piper - means you need to face the consequences of your actions

Some idioms use color words to convey other meanings. For example, there are several that use the word “blue:”

  • “The blues” can refer to both a style of music and feeling sad.
  •  If something occurs rarely, it is said to happen “once in a blue moon”, because a blue moon is two full moons in one month, which doesn’t happen often.
  •  “Out of the blue” means something happens that was unexpected.
Published:Mar 12th 2014
Modified:Mar 12th 2014

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