What is an idiom?

Do you know what an idiomatic expression (an idiom) is?​​ If not, read on and i’ll tell you…

An idiom is a group of words that when put together make a common/well-known phrase. These words don’t usually make sense (especially to an English language learner).

Idioms are a massive part of our language and we use them every day. If you translate them literally, they won’t work. The best way is to learn some of the most popular ones.

Many idioms and expressions can be grouped into different topics. So, if you fancy learning idioms with the verb ‘go’, you can. If you’d prefer learning idioms about ‘love’, you also can. There are lots to choose from.
Scroll through the topics below and click any that take your fancy. All idioms include the meaning and examples with pictures.

Idioms often contain a verb and the verb tense changes depending on the context. If you’re unsure on verbs, check out my list of regular an irregular verbs.

Click the links below to get started.

Idioms by Topic

adjective phrases
animal expressions
body expressions
business expressions
clothes idioms
colour idioms
education expressions
Family sayings/expressions
food expressions/idioms
health expressions
household sayings
love expressions - love sayings - love phrases
money expressions - money sayings - money idioms
music sayings - music expressions
nature sayings
number idioms and expressions
people expressions
prepositional phrases - idioms with prepositions
shape idioms
sport sayings
time sayings
travel expressions
verb phrases - verb idioms
weather expressions