20 Idioms with Their Meanings and Sentences

An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically has a figurative, not literal, meaning. The intended meaning is often different from the individual words’ literal definitions.

Idioms are culturally specific and enrich language by adding color and uniqueness. Here are 20 idioms with their meanings and example sentences:

20 Idioms with Their Meanings and Sentences

  1. Break the ice

Meaning: To initiate conversation in a social setting, making people feel more comfortable.

Example: “John told a joke to break the ice at the party.”

  1. Bite the bullet

Meaning: To endure a difficult or unpleasant situation.

Example: “I decided to bite the bullet and visit the dentist for my toothache.”

  1. Costs an arm and a leg

Meaning: Very expensive.

Example: “That luxury car costs an arm and a leg.”

  1. Burn the midnight oil

Meaning: To work late into the night.

Example: “She was burning the midnight oil to finish her research paper.”

  1. Hit the nail on the head

Meaning: To describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem.

Example: “Her analysis of the company’s issues hit the nail on the head.”

  1. Under the weather

Meaning: Feeling ill.

Example: “I’m feeling a bit under the weather today.”

  1. Let the cat out of the bag

Meaning: To reveal a secret.

Example: “We were planning a surprise party, but Carol let the cat out of the bag.”

  1. Piece of cake

Meaning: Something very easy to accomplish.

Example: “This math problem was a piece of cake for her.”

  1. Burn bridges

Meaning: To ruin relationships or connections.

Example: “You shouldn’t burn bridges with colleagues even if you change jobs.”

  1. A blessing in disguise

Meaning: Something that initially seems negative but ends up being beneficial.

Example: “Losing his job was a blessing in disguise because he found a better opportunity.”

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  1. The ball is in your court

Meaning: It is your decision or responsibility to take the next action.

Example: “I have given my opinion, now the ball is in your court.”

  1. Call it a day

Meaning: To stop working for the day.

Example: “We’ve been working for hours; let’s call it a day.”

  1. Once in a blue moon

Meaning: Something that happens very rarely.

Example: “She only visits her hometown once in a blue moon.”

  1. When pigs fly

Meaning: Something that will never happen.

Example: “He’ll get a promotion when pigs fly.”

  1. Hit the sack

Meaning: To go to bed.

Example: “I’m exhausted, so I’m going to hit the sack early tonight.”

  1. Go the extra mile

Meaning: To put in extra effort.

Example: “The team is willing to go the extra mile to meet the project deadline.”

  1. Pull someone’s leg

Meaning: To joke or tease someone.

Example: “Relax, I’m just pulling your leg about the surprise.”

  1. Jump on the bandwagon

Meaning: To join a trend or activity that is popular.

Example: “Many companies are jumping on the bandwagon of social media marketing.”

  1. In the same boat

Meaning: Facing the same challenges as someone else.

Example: “We’re all in the same boat when it comes to handling the new policy.”

  1. Throw in the towel

Meaning: To give up or admit defeat.

Example: “After several unsuccessful attempts, he finally threw in the towel.”

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