idioms list with ‘let’
- don’t let the bed bugs bite – wishing someone a good night’s sleep
e.g. It’s past your bed time, go upstairs now. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.
- don’t let the grass grow under one’s feet – hurry, act now, don’t wait
e.g. Brian is a useless employee. We’ve lost so much business by him letting the grass grow.
- let nature take its course – allow events to develop naturally, don’t interfere
e.g. I’ve bandaged the baby owl’s leg, now I have to let nature take its course.
- let one’s hair down – relax and have fun
e.g. The kids are with grandad so I will let my hair down this weekend.
- let someone stew – allow someone to worry/be fearful about something they have done
e.g. My girlfriend hasn’t messaged me all day. She’s letting me stew as I forgot her birthday.
- let the cat out of the bag – reveal the secret
e.g. We’re throwing a surprise party for my parents, don’t let the cat out of the bag.
let the side down – disappoint your friends/family/colleagues
e.g. I want you all playing your best. If you let the side down, you’re out of the team.
Let’s see these idioms with pictures and meaning using real-life scenarios.
Hey, did you know the verb ‘let’ has many phrasal verbs. Since you like idioms and phrases, you obviously want to improve your fluency and speak like a native.
Am I right?
I thought you might like to learn the phrasal verbs with ‘let’ 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.