Idioms are used regularly by English people, so if you’re learning the language and hoping to sound confident and natural, it’s worth understanding them. They can seem a little confusing at first, so be sure to learn what they actually mean before you try and use them in a sentence. Here’s a list of some of the most popular idioms:
Idiom: “That’s the final straw”
Translation: My patience has run out/I’ve had enough
Idiom: “They’ll never see eye to eye”
Translation: They’ll never be friends/they’ll never agree
Idiom: “That ship has sailed”
Translation: It’s too late/the opportunity has passed
Idiom: “Cut her some slack”
Translation: Stop being so critical, she’s trying her best
Idiom: “No pain, no gain”
Translation: You have to work hard to experience the benefits
Idiom: “It got out of hand”
Translation: It was out of control
Idiom: “It’s not rocket science”
Translation: It’s not complicated
Idiom: “I’m under the weather”
Translation: I’m feeling unwell
Idiom: “To cut a long story short”
Translation: To tell the story as briefly as possible
Idiom: “Let me wrap my head around it”
Translation: Let me try to understand something complicated
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