The English language makes use of more than a million and a half words and continues to expand over the years. With all these words, there are also words take on different meanings depending on the pronunciation and usage. Even more so when one or more words are put together as a phrase to provide a figurative meaning. Being discussed below are phrases that are called idioms. An idiom can be a word or a group of words that takes on a special meaning rather than its literal thought. There are about 25,000 idioms in the English language and here are the most useful.
You may have not thought about it as an idiom but the phrase ‘you’re welcome’ as response to thank you is actually an idiom. Using the phrase literally allows a person to use or do something. But this phrase is taken as a customary reply when someone says ‘thank you’ to you.
Piece Of Cake
As an idiom, this phrase means that any assignment or job is simple to do. Since a slice of cake, even though is full of fat, can be eaten without too much thought or worry. This phrase was created when completing a task was as easy as eating a piece of cake.
Cost An Arm And A Leg
This idiom is useful in describing how much an item can cost to purchase it. When taken literally, you have to chop off the arm and leg to be able to buy some things you want. Though in a metaphorical explanation it means that the item bought was very expensive.
Break A Leg
People usually hear this before any kind of performance or a major challenge. No, those who say it are not new found enemies wanting you to actually break a leg but an idiom used to wish good luck.
Once In A Blue Moon
Blue moon is a very rare occurrence where two full moons appear in a calendar month every two or three years. Therefore, when this phrase is used, what the person refers to is an act or an event that only happens sporadically.
You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
When it comes to books, quite a number are unappealing on the cover at all but have compelling stories. But this idiom is not for books rather on all things in general. This means that you should not decide on anything just because of the way they look on the outside.
Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
When you take a bite of a dish bigger than you can handle, it is most likely to choke on the food. The idiom is used to define a person’s overestimation on his capacity attempting a task too big to handle.
You may not know it but in the everyday conversations, idioms are part of it. This is because the use of them expresses the emotion in a more accurate manner rather than sticking to simple words. So go ahead and extend the knowledge on English by perusing the idiomatic expression.