66 Common Idioms

66 Common Idioms

Idiomy to wyrażenia, których nie tłumaczymy dosłownie na inny język. Niemniej jednak niektóre idiomy zostały zapożyczone od jednych języków przez drugie, dlatego występują one w dwóch lub większej liczbie języków. Oto lista najpopularniejszych idiomów w języku angielskim:

  1. A hot potato.
    Speak of an issue (mostly current) which many people are talking about and which is usually disputed.
  2. A penny for your thoughts.
    A way of asking what someone is thinking.
  3. Actions speak louder than words.
    People’s intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.
  4. Add insult to injury.
    To further a loss with mockery or indignity; to worsen an unfavorable situation.
  5. An arm and a leg.
    Very expensive or costly. A large amount of money.
  6. At the drop of a hat.
    Meaning: without any hesitation; instantly.
  7. Back to the drawing board.
    When an attempt fails and it’s time to start all over.
  8. Ball is in your court.
    It is up to you to make the next decision or step.
  9. Barking up the wrong tree.
    Looking in the wrong place. Accusing the wrong person.
  10. Be glad to see the back of.
    Be happy when a person leaves.
  11. Beat around the bush.
    Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.
  12. Best of both worlds.
    Meaning: All the advantages.
  13. Best thing since sliced bread.
    A good invention or innovation. A good idea or plan.
  14. Bite off more than you can chew.
    To take on a task that is way to big.
  15. Blessing in disguise.
    Something good that isn’t recognized at first.
  16. Burn the midnight oil.
    To work late into the night, alluding to the time before electric lighting.
  17. Can’t judge a book by its cover.
    Cannot judge something primarily on appearance.
  18. Caught between two stools.
    When someone finds it difficult to choose between two alternatives.
  19. Costs an arm and a leg.
    This idiom is used when something is very expensive.
  20. Cross that bridge when you come to it.
    Deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary, not before.
  21. Cry over spilt milk.
    When you complain about a loss from the past.
  22. Curiosity killed the cat.
    Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
  23. Cut corners.
    When something is done badly to save money.
  24. Cut the mustard (possibly derived from „cut the muster”).
    To succeed; to come up to expectations; adequate enough to compete or participate.
  25. Devil’s Advocate.
    To present a counter argument.
  26. Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched.
    This idiom is used to express „Don’t make plans for something that might not happen”.
  27. Don’t give up the day job.
    You are not very good at something. You could definitely not do it professionally.
  28. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
    Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
  29. Drastic times call for drastic measures.
    When you are extremely desperate you need to take drastic actions.
  30. Elvis has left the building.
    The show has come to an end. It’s all over.
  31. Every cloud has a silver lining.
    Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
  32. Far cry from.
    Very different from.
  33. Feel a bit under the weather.
    Meaning: Feeling slightly ill.
  34. Give the benefit of the doubt.
    Believe someone’s statement, without proof.
  35. Hear it on the grapevine.
    This idiom means ‚to hear rumors’ about something or someone.
  36. Hit the nail on the head.
    Do or say something exactly right.
  37. Hit the sack / sheets / hay.
    To go to bed.
  38. In the heat of the moment.
    Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
  39. It takes two to tango.
    Actions or communications need more than one person.
  40. Jump on the bandwagon.
    Join a popular trend or activity.
  41. Keep something at bay.
    Keep something away.
  42. Kill two birds with one stone.
    This idiom means, to accomplish two different things at the same time.
  43. Last straw.
    The final problem in a series of problems.
  44. Let sleeping dogs lie.
    Meaning – do not disturb a situation as it is – since it would result in trouble or complications.
  45. Let the cat out of the bag.
    To share information that was previously concealed.
  46. Make a long story short.
    Come to the point – leave out details.
  47. Method to my madness.
    An assertion that, despite one’s approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.
  48. Miss the boat.
    This idiom is used to say that someone missed his or her chance.
  49. Not a spark of decency.
    Meaning: no manners.
  50. Not playing with a full deck.
    Someone who lacks intelligence.
  51. Off one’s rocker.
    Crazy, demented, out of one’s mind, in a confused or befuddled state of mind, senile.
  52. On the ball.
    When someone understands the situation well.
  53. Once in a blue moon.
    Meaning: Happens very rarely.
  54. Picture paints a thousand words.
    A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.
  55. Piece of cake.
    A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
  56. Put wool over other people’s eyes.
    This means to deceive someone into thinking well of them.
  57. See eye to eye.
    This idiom is used to say that two (or more people) agree on something.
  58. Sit on the fence.
    This is used when someone does not want to choose or make a decision.
  59. Speak of the devil!.
    This expression is used when the person you have just been talking about arrives.
  60. Steal someone’s thunder.
    To take the credit for something someone else did.
  61. Take with a grain of salt.
    This means not to take what someone says too seriously.
  62. Taste of your own medicine.
    Means that something happens to you, or is done to you, that you have done to someone else.
  63. To hear something straight from the horse’s mouth.
    To hear something from the authoritative source.
  64. Whole nine yards.
    Everything. All of it.
  65. Wouldn’t be caught dead.
    Would never like to do something.
  66. Your guess is as good as mine.
    To have no idea, do not know the answer to a question.