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Idioms in English


Idiom: a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language

Every language has its own collection of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transmit some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture / society. These sayings are called “idioms” – or proverbs if they are longer. These combinations of words have (rarely complete sentences) a “figurative” meaning – they basically work with “pictures”.
This list of commonly used idioms and sayings (in everyday conversational English) can help you to speak English by learning English idiomatic expressions. This is a list, which contains exactly 66 of the most commonly used idioms and their meaning.

Smart Idioms

A hot potato
Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed
A penny for your thoughts
A way of asking what someone is thinking
Actions speak louder than words 
People’s intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.
Add insult to injury
To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
At the drop of a hat
Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.
Back to the drawing board
When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over.
Ball is in your court
It is up to you to make the next decision or step
Barking up the wrong tree
Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person
Be glad to see the back of
Be happy when a person leaves.
Beat around the bush
Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
Best of both worlds
Meaning: All the advantages.
Best thing since sliced bread
A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.
Bite off more than you can chew
To take on a task that is way to big.
Blessing in disguise
Something good that isn’t recognized at first.
Burn the midnight oil
To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
Can’t judge a book by its cover
Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.
Caught between two stools
When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.
Costs an arm and a leg
This idiom is used when something is very expensive.
Cross that bridge when you come to it
Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.
Cry over spilt milk
When you complain about a loss from the past.
Curiosity killed the cat
Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
Cut corners
When something is done badly to save money.
Cut the mustard [possibly derived from “cut the muster”]
To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate
Devil’s Advocate
To present a counter argument
Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched
This idiom is used to express “Don’t make plans for something that might not happen”.
Don’t give up the day job
You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
Drastic times call for drastic measures
When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.
Elvis has left the building
The show has come to an end. It’s all over.
Every cloud has a silver lining
Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
Far cry from
Very different from.
Feel a bit under the weather
Meaning: Feeling slightly ill.
Give the benefit of the doubt
Believe someone’s statement, without proof.
Hear it on the grapevine
This idiom means ‘to hear rumors’ about something or someone.
Hit the nail on the head
Do or say something exactly right
Hit the sack / sheets / hay
To go to bed.
In the heat of the moment
Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
It takes two to tango
Actions or communications need more than one person
Jump on the bandwagon
Join a popular trend or activity.
Keep something at bay
Keep something away.
Kill two birds with one stone
This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time.
Last straw
The final problem in a series of problems.
Let sleeping dogs lie
Meaning – do not disturb a situation as it is – since it would result in trouble or complications.
Let the cat out of the bag
To share information that was previously concealed
Make a long story short
Come to the point – leave out details
Method to my madness
An assertion that, despite one’s approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.
Miss the boat
This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance
Not a spark of decency
Meaning: No manners
Not playing with a full deck
Someone who lacks intelligence.
Off one’s rocker
Crazy, demented, out of one’s mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
On the ball
When someone understands the situation well.
Once in a blue moon
Meaning: Happens very rarely.
Picture paints a thousand words
A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.
Piece of cake
A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
Put wool over other people’s eyes
This means to deceive someone into thinking well of them.
See eye to eye
This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something.
Sit on the fence
This is used when someone does not want to choose or make a decision.
Speak of the devil!
This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives.
Steal someone’s thunder
To take the credit for something someone else did.
Take with a grain of salt
This means not to take what someone says too seriously.
Taste of your own medicine
Means that something happens to you, or is done to you, that you have done to someone else
To hear something straight from the horse’s mouth
To hear something from the authoritative source.
Whole nine yards
Everything. All of it.
Wouldn’t be caught dead
Would never like to do something
Your guess is as good as mine
To have no idea, do not know the answer to a question


To be an idiom, a word or phrase must be distinctive to a specific language and have a meaning that is not obvious from the common meaning of the words employed. For example:  “You’re pulling my leg” is an English idiom for “teasing”, while “You’re winding my clock” is an English translation of a German idiom that means the same thing. Note that in both cases, the meaning is transferred by the culture, not the words themselves




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Living Abroad

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Living Abroad?

Having lived abroad in several countries I wanted to share my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of living abroad to give you a real picture of what it is like to move and live abroad and what does living abroad mean.

It is important to look at the advantages and disadvantages of moving to another country very carefully to make sure that you’re making the right decision for you..

Living abroad is a wonderful experience but it does come with its challenges and has advantages  and disadvantages

Here I will list some  pros and cons of living abroad  so that hopefully it will help you to make the right decision as to whether living in another country is right for you .

Pros of living abroad

It allows you to develop your career

Living abroad will enable you to go to overseas colleges or work in foreign companies. It exposes you to experiences you would not get if you were living and working at home. If you are living in developed countries, you get a chance to use equipment fitted with the latest technology. It increases your expertise and expands your skills.

Moving to another country can give  your career big lift as it can open new opportunities and  possibilities It also  i gives you the opportunity to start over.

For example, I didn’t go to University to  study to be a teacher as I had hoped ,but  when I moved to Egypt  and I saw the opportunities that teaching English as a foreign language could offer me as an English Native , and using my training in childcare health and social development   I grabbed that opportunity to create a new career for me.

It was challenging in the beginning but has turned out to be very rewarding and gives me an income to live on ..

It enhances your communication skills

When you get a chance to live abroad, you get an opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds. It gives you the opportunity to learn a new language and enhances your communication skills and master a new language.

You will meet many interesting people both local and other foreigners living there ,This will not only be a wonderful experience and you will learn the language first hand in an international setting .

You will be able to immerse yourself into another culture

Depending on where you come from, there are stereotypes that you develop about people and their culture. But when you live abroad, you interact with the same people and begin to understand them. You start to realize that the things you heard about them were not correct. It gives insight into their culture and makes you know them even better.

To truly get to know another culture is something that is not easily achieved by just visiting that country.

You will experience the local way of life every day. This will give you such an amazing in-depth experience of the culture and the way of life of the  people who live there .

You will be very motivated 

You can only live abroad if you are a self-starter. Finding work and working in a foreign country confirms that you are a highly motivated person. It also shows that you are adaptable and mature.  Employers like outgoing employees. When you get out of a comfort zone to live in a foreign country, it tells a lot about your character and attitude.

Living abroad will give you such great motivation because you are doing something you only dreamt about before You have achieved your goal!  This in turn will give you more energy and determination that you need to live successfully abroad

Cons of living abroad

Challenges in adapting

The first challenge people who live abroad encounter is to adjust to the culture of their host country.  It is difficult to get used to the host countries’ currency or driving on their roads. Also, it is a daunting task to adapt to their customs. Lastly, it may be difficult for you to adjust to the new cuisine and unfamiliar conventions.


Feeling homesick is a significant challenge for people who choose to live and work abroad. If your home is thousands of miles away, and your financial situation does not allow you to visit them frequently, it may take more time before you settle down.

New weather patterns

Unless you are moving to a neighboring country, you will have problems adjusting to the new weather in a foreign country. For instance, if you’re you are moving from Africa to Europe, you will get challenges adapting to the winter and summer periods. If you are not used to low temperatures, you must be prepared for them during the winter. Similarly, some countries experience very high temperatures during the summer. It may be a big challenge for some people.

Is living abroad worth it?

Let’s take a look at whether living in a foreign country is worth it or not.

It is important that you understand the pros and cons, so make sure that you also look at the benefits of living abroad as well as the reasons not to move abroad, because living in another country is not for everyone.

Living and moving abroad is upheaval and challenge in your life

You’re going to be faced with many different changes and you will need to be able to create everything from scratch. There will be so many decisions that you need to make on a daily basis

So make sure that you put your own personal pros and cons about moving abroad and  living away from your home country.

During my time abroad  I have  had some wonderful experiences but also some difficult times  and I have met so many people from all over the world that i would have otherwise never have met

It takes a certain kind of person to be successful at living overseas. You will  need to have a lot of flexibility and patience.

You will be starting from the beginning again ,which is exciting for some people but very daunting for others.

What does it mean to live abroad?

They say that the journey is more exciting than the end result when you’re trying to reach a goal. I think the same goes for moving and living abroad…The whole experience from the planning stage until you actually make it to  your chosen destination

How do you cope with living abroad?

Do not be afraid of failures.  This is part of life , just try to learn from them and move on

Although living abroad takes you away from your  comfort zone, it is rewarding and well worth it . If you can overcome the initial challenges, you are likely to live abroad successfully.

Before you decide  look at the pros and cons of living abroad, If you decide to go ahead get ready for a new life and  prepare yourself for some  unforgettable experiences and memories


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Some of the best things to do in the UK


Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is no surprise that the best things to do in the UK are varied and fascinating. You’ll find different dialects, ancient Celtic languages and unique communities, traditions, myths and legends. There are surfer havens and soft, sandy beaches, rugged rock formations, punishing mountain climbs and deep, glassy lochs all waiting to be discovered.

While rural spots promise lush, verdant greenery, ancient woodland, utter silence and nights so dark you can see all the stars, the UK’s towns and cities – Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh, Belfast, Oxford, York and London, among others – are home to buzzing nightlife, striking modern architecture, historical landmarks and incredible celebrations of culture.

Planning a trip this year? Here are some of  the best places to visit

Laugh out loud at the Edinburgh Fringe

Every August, the capital of Scotland is taken over by comedians and performers for a month of shows, plays and theatre. Expect a mix of first-timers and big-name stars, new material, old favourites, snappy one-liners and unusual experimental comedy. It’s the world’s largest arts festival and transforms Edinburgh into a pulsating, exciting hive of energy. Turn up with a cluster of tickets in your pocket or plan nothing and see where the Fringe takes you

See a Shakespeare play in his hometown

Being a groundling (that’s getting yourself a £5 standing ticket and watching Elizabethan-style) at Shakespeare’s Globe  in London is unmissable, but it doesn’t get more special than sitting in the audience of one of the Bard’s beloved plays in his actual hometown. Head to pretty Stratford -upon- Avon  to see a Royal Shakespeare Company production in the riverside theatre, before visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace and the church where his body was laid to rest in 1616.

Follow in the footsteps of giants

The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is a geological marvel. The dramatic coastal feature, made up of 40,000 basalt stone columns, has attracted visitors for centuries, but it became Northern Ireland’s first and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980s and now also boasts a great visitor centre thanks to the National Trust. There are no museum ropes holding you back here. Wander over the shiny stones, sit on the Wishing Chair – a natural throne polished by thousands of bottoms – look out for rock formations the Camel and the Giant’s Boot and learn about the famous legend. The result of volcanic eruptions over 60 million years ago or the remains of a pathway built by a giant? You decide.

                 Have afternoon tea at Bettys in York

Cornwall, Devon, The Ritz in central London – wherever you are in the UK you can’t go too wrong with an afternoon tea. Just don’t go putting the clotted cream on before the jam. Or is it the other way round? Bettys is a Yorkshire  institution. The York  branch has been serving up scones (or Fat Rascals, as they call them) and tea in china cups since 1936. Work up an appetite before you visit by wandering around The Shambles, York Castle or the ancient city walls

Bathe like a Roman in Bath

Home to independent shops and theatres, Bath  is a pretty, honey-hued city famous for its grand, sweeping crescents and former resident Jane Austen. It’s also home to a fascinating, and impressively intact, Roman bath right in the heart of the city. It still flows with natural hot water, thanks to the city’s thermal springs, but no one’s swimming in it these days. Once you’ve wandered around the historic site, head to Thermae Bath Spa for your own chance to wallow in Bath’s warming waters.


Discover the story of the ‘unsinkable’ ocean liner


The sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 made headlines around the globe, and continues to intrigue people to this day. The ‘unsinkable’ ocean liner was the largest ship afloat, before it hit an iceberg and disappeared into the depths of the Atlantic, along with over 1,500 of its passengers. Belfast is where the boat was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard, and it’s where an impressive museum dedicated to the ship now stands. Explore interactive galleries that, thanks to reconstructions, rides and special effects, allow you to walk the decks of the Titanic, descend to the depths of the ocean, tour the shipyard and witness the boat’s launch.

Take a tour of the UK’s incredible National Parks

The United Kingdom might be small but its countryside is mighty, and incredibly diverse, from rolling green hills and ancient woodland to impressive mountain peaks, idyllic lakes and rugged moors. To see all the different kinds of landscapes the UK calls its own, take a tour of the UK’s 15 National Parks, from the flat Norfolk Broads and the wilds of Exmoor to the high drama of the Lake District  and Peak District and the internationally recognised dark skies of Northumberland.

Stroll along the South Bank in London


You could spend a month in London and not get tired of visiting its museums, galleries, parks, historic landmarks,  and world class restaurants But if you’re short on time, a stroll along the South Bank  is an ace way to soak up some city sights. Start at the London Eye , where you’ve got views of Big Ben  and the House of Parliament , and head east. You’ll pass cultural giant the SouthBank Centre ,and , the National Theatre and countless pop-up bars and street food stalls. Pause by Tate Modern for a quick look around its free galleries, or to spy St Paul’s Cathedral  across the river, before carrying on past Shakespeare’s Globe. Stop under the Shard for incredible food in Borough Market  before finishing your walk by City Hall with views over the Thames of the Tower of London  and the iconic Tower Bridge

Drink butterbeer at Hogwarts

Film fans the world over will know the United Kingdom as the home of Harry Potter. There are filming locations and spots that supposedly inspired JK Rowling dotted all over and you can even visit places where she wrote the books, like The Elephant House in Edinburgh. Potterheads will want to visit Leavesden Studios on the outskirts of London, where the majority of the movies were filmed, too. Wander around the Great Hall, peek into shop fronts on Diagon Alley, order a butterbeer and even ‘fly’ your very own broomstick on the Warner Bros Studio Tour London .the making of Harry Potter


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