The word ‘bring’ can mean many different things. As a verb, it involves an action of carrying an object to a place or produce a state or condition.

For example:

  • I’ve brought us a pizza for lunch. (carry an object)
  • Our pet dog died last night, he brought us so much joy. (produce a state)

Bring is an irregular verb. The past tense is brought and the past participle is brought.

idiomatic phrasal verbs

Did you know phrasal verbs are sometimes used in idioms? See if you can spot any. If you don’t know any phrasal verbs with ‘bring’, click here to learn them.

Idioms with ‘BRING’ list

Bring home the bacon – work to earn money for the family
e.g. I stay at home and look after the kids while my wife brings home the bacon.

Bring something to the table – provide something useful/beneficial
e.g. We’ll arrange a meeting where everyone can bring their ideas to the table.

Bring the curtain down on – end something
e.g. She brought the curtain down on her 40-year career in showbusiness.

Bring the house down – thoroughly entertain an audience
e.g. One of the comedians at the open mic night brought the house down.

Let’s see these idioms with pictures and meaning using real-life scenarios.

Idioms with verbs with meaning and pictures
verb phrase - bring home the bacon
verb phrase - bring something to the table
verb phrase - bring the curtain down on
verb phrase - bring the house down


Hey, did you know the verb ‘bring’ has many phrasal verbs. Since you like idioms and phrases, you obviously want to improve your fluency and speak like a native.

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I thought you might like to learn the phrasal verbs with ‘bring’ too. They are very common in informal English and great to know/be able to understand if you happen to be speaking to a native. We use them all the time, like literally ALL the time.