mouth idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘mouth’.
- all mouth and no trousers
meaning – someone says they are going to do something but never do
example – Stop being a wimp and ask him out, you’re all mouth and no trousers.
- born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth
meaning – born into a rich family
example – I would hate to have been born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I like working for my things.
- don’t look a gift horse in the mouth
meaning – don’t be ungrateful, graciously accept gifts
example – I know you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but I really can’t accept £500.
- foot in mouth disease
meaning – say inappropriate/insensitive things at the wrong time
example – Please don’t let Andy speak to the clients, he’s got foot in mouth disease.
- have a big mouth
meaning – someone talks a lot and can’t keep secrets
example – Corey has a big mouth; I hope a year 11 shuts him up one day.
- like butter wouldn’t melt (in someone’s mouth)
meaning – someone gives the impression of being sweet and innocent
example – My kids look like butter wouldn’t melt, but they’re little devils.
- live from hand to mouth
meaning – very poor, have just enough money to survive
example – We are living from hand to mouth at the moment and we have another baby on the way.
- make one’s mouth water
meaning – your mouth is full of saliva because of the smell/taste of food
example – The smell of my grandma’s cooking always made my mouth water.
- put one’s money where one’s mouth is
meaning – make a bet or do something instead of just talking about it
example – The kitchen will be finished by summer. I’ll put my money where my mouth is.
- put words into someone’s mouth
meaning – inaccurately report what someone has said
example – The journalist put words in my mouth. I didn’t say any of those horrible things.
- straight from the horse’s mouth
meaning – hear something from the source/most reliable person
example – I don’t believe you. I need to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth.
- watch one’s mouth
meaning – be careful about what you say
example – I have to watch my mouth around the children. They pick up bad words very quickly.
- word of mouth
meaning – hear about something from people not through adverts
example – Most of our business comes from word of mouth.
mouth idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life examples.