What differentiates a native English speaker from a non-native speaker? Idioms. Be it any english speaking country, idioms are spoken by native speakers and to fully achieve the target of learning english, one must learn some popular idioms with their meanings and sentences. The best way to begin learning these are getting familiarized with commonly used idioms along with their meanings and sentences.
#1. In a pickle
Meaning: in trouble/ difficult position
Sentence: Our teacher was in a pickle after getting caught smoking in school.
#2. Crocodile tears
Meaning: fake tears/ to show sadness that is not sincere
Sentence: In order to get away with the situation, Jon started weeping crocodile tears instead of apologising.
#3. A dime a dozen
Meaning: very common and of no particular value
Sentence: Don’t bother to buy one of these paintings, they’re a dime a dozen.
#4. Smell a rat
Meaning: to suspect/ believe that something is wrong
Sentence: I started to smell a rat when she kept on making excuses.
#5. As fit as a fiddle
Meaning: in a very good health
Sentence: Even at 75 years of age, he’s fit as a fiddle.
#6. Cut to the chase
Meaning: come to the point
Sentence: Instead of wasting time, Kim cut to the chase revealing her departure from the company.
#7. Over the moon
Meaning: extremely pleased and happy
Sentence: We were over the moon after being awarded the first prize.
#8. Think outside the box
Meaning: to develop ideas that are different than usual
Sentence: To find a better solution, our teacher told us to think outside of the box.
#9. With flying colors
Meaning: with great success
Sentence: She took IELTS Exam and passed with flying colors.
#10. Up in the air
Meaning: uncertain about something or someone
Sentence: Everything was up in the air when I last spoke to my friends about our plans.
We hope you are able to understand this list of popular idioms and use it correctly. For more help contact British IELTS.