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50 Best Idioms for Kids - With Examples & Easy Explanation

50 Best Idioms for Kids - With Examples & Easy Explanation

Idioms are phrases whose meanings cannot be derived from the definitions of the words that make them up. They have a figurative meaning. Idioms have a fixed grammatical structure. Changing the words or order can alter or obscure their meaning.

1. Break a leg!

Meaning: All the best! Good luck!

Sentence: Go break a leg with your performance—I know you will do a great job!

 

2. Don’t cry over spilt milk!

Meaning: Don’t complain about things that are not in your control.

Sentence: Get up and prepare for what’s next; there’s no point in crying over spilt milk.

 

3. Cost an arm and a leg!

Meaning: Anything that is exceptionally expensive

Sentence: That new PlayStation costs an arm and a leg, but its features are amazing.

 

4. Heart of gold!

Meaning: Be very kind, caring and generous

Sentence: My neighbour has a heart of gold despite seeming to be rough.

 

5. Walking on eggshells!

Meaning: To be very careful and cautious to avoid offending someone.

Sentence: Ever since the disagreement, I feel like I’m walking on eggshells around my friends and teachers.

 

6. Bite the bullet!

Meaning: Face the unavoidable situation and endure the pain.

Sentence: I dislike going to the dentist, but I’ll have to bite the bullet and make an appointment.

 

7. Don’t put all your eggs in the same basket!

Meaning: Don’t keep all your money, ideas, skills and visions on a single venture, place or event.

Sentence: My father taught me to diversify my investments and asked not to put all my eggs in the same basket.

 

8. Pull yourself together

Meaning: To be composed and behave neutrally and normally

Sentence: After hearing the disheartening news, she took a while to pull herself together.

 

9. Pull up your socks

Meaning: To make an effort to improve your present work or behaviour.

Sentence: If you want to be a top performer, you’ll need to pull up your socks and increase your capacity.

 

10. Born with a silver spoon

Meaning: To be born rich/ into a wealthy family.

Sentence: Despite being born with a silver spoon she understands the hardships of daily labour.

 

11. On the same boat

Meaning: Having the same situation as everyone else

Sentence: I guess, we are all in the same boat, we need to understand the issue and find ways to solve it.

 

12. On cloud nine

Meaning: To be extremely happy

Sentence: They were on cloud nine after being selected for finals.

 

13. The seventh heaven

Meaning: A state of bliss and satisfaction

Sentence: Winning the championship put him in seventh heaven.

 

14. Once in a blue moon

Meaning: Very rarely

Sentence: I only see my childhood friend once in a blue moon since he moved to the United States.

 

15. A penny for your thoughts

Meaning: Asking someone what they are thinking and their opinion

Sentence: You have been thinking for a while; a penny for your thoughts?

 

16. Have deep pockets

Meaning: To have more than enough financial resources

Sentence: He can afford a lot of luxuries because his family has deep pockets.

 

17. Heard through the grapevine

Meaning: Getting the information through informal sources or gossip.

Sentence: I heard through the grapevine that they are moving abroad.

 

18. In a nutshell

Meaning: In short/ In brief

Sentence: In a nutshell, the assignment was a grand success.

 

19. To beat around the bush

Meaning: To avoid the topic and speak indirectly.

Sentence: Stop beating around the bush and tell me what happened.

 

20. Drop someone a line

Meaning: To connect with someone, usually by writing or calling.

Sentence: Drop me a line through mail regarding the updates of the project.

 

21. To get our wires crossed

Meaning: Having a misunderstanding.

Sentence: I think we got our wires crossed; I thought the meeting would be on 3rd May.

 

22. To be on the same wavelength

Meaning: Understanding each other well and thinking similarly.

Sentence: We’re on the same wavelength on the new proposal.

 

23. Over the moon

Meaning: To be happy.

Sentence: My friend was over the moon when she got selected for her dream job.

 

24. From horse’s mouth

Meaning: Listen to something directly from the source.

Sentence: The journalist heard the news straight from the horse’s mouth.

 

25. Come out of your shell

Meaning: To become more confident, move out of your comfort zone and socialise.

Sentence: She had come out of her shell to start her venture.

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26. In the loop

Meaning: To keep someone informed about something.

Sentence: Please keep all your teammates in the loop about the updates.

 

27. To touch base

Meaning: To contact someone briefly.

Sentence: Let us touch base in the evening to discuss further plans.

 

28. Spread like wildfire

Meaning: Spreading rapidly.

Sentence: The news of their marriage spreak like wildfire.

 

29. Let the cat out of the bag

Meaning: Revealing a secret.

Sentence: My sister accidentally let the cat out of the bag about the

 

30. Put someone in the picture

Meaning: To explain to someone what is happening.

Sentence: Let me put you in the picture about the science project.

 

31. To talk at cross-purposes

Meaning: Misunderstanding each other.

Sentence: In the review, we found that we are talking at cross-purposes; I was speaking about old policy and you are talking about the new policy.

 

32. Hit the nail on the head

Meaning: To be exactly right.

Sentence: She hit the nail on the head with her on-the-point answer.

 

33. The ball is in your court

Meaning: It is your turn to decide and take action.

Sentence: The authority has done its part; now the ball is in your court.

 

34. Let someone off the hook.

Meaning: To allow someone to avoid responsibility.

Sentence: They were let off the hook and weren’t suspended.

 

35. Ahead of the curve

Meaning: To be more innovative than others

Sentence: Their new skills and technology always keep them ahead of the curve in the industry.

 

36. Take the bull by the horns

Meaning: To face any challenge head-on

Sentence: He decided to take the bull by the horns and confront the principal about the issue.

 

37. Not going to fly

Meaning: Not going to succeed or be accepted.

Sentence: His excuse for not completing the project will not fly with the boss.

 

38. On the back burner

Meaning: To be delayed or postponed

Sentence: The idea was put on the back burner due to the budget cuts.

 

39. Cut the mustard

Meaning: Meeting the required standards.

Sentence: The new employee just doesn’t cut the mustard.

 

40. Off the cuff

Meaning: Without preparation

Sentence: He announced the holiday off the cuff mark which surprised everyone.

 

41. Wind out of my sails

Meaning: Feeling less confident about something

Sentence: My friend’s criticism took the wind out of my sails.

 

42. Easier said than done

Meaning: Difficult than it sounds.

Sentence: Drinking alcohol and quitting smoking is easier said than done.

 

43. Let’s get down to brass tacks

Meaning: Let’s get to the important point.

Sentence: Enough of gossip; let’s get down to brass tacks.

 

44. Time to hit the books

Meaning: Time to study

Sentence: Exams are approaching, so it’s time to hit the books.

 

45. The proof is in the pudding

Meaning: We can understand the value of something only from practical experience.

Sentence: His ability to lead the project will be proven by his results—the proof is in the pudding.

 

46. In a pickle

Meaning: In a difficult situation

Sentence: I’m in a pickle because I lost her project and she has to produce it tomorrow.

 

47. Mad as a hatter

Meaning: Fully crazy

Sentence: He is mad as a hatter if he thinks he can finish that project in one day.

 

48. Lose your marbles

Meaning: To lose your mind

Sentence: If my friend keeps working these long hours, sure she will lose her marbles.

 

49. Stab someone in the back.

Meaning: To betray someone.

Sentence: My sister thought she was a friend, but she stabbed him in the back.

 

50. Living hand-to-mouth

Meaning: Having enough money to live one and nothing extra, means living paycheck to paycheck with no savings.

Sentence: After losing his job, he lived hand-to-mouth, struggling to cover his basic expenses.

 

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