Common English Idioms

An idiom is a phrase that, when taken as a whole, has a meaning you couldn’t deduce from the meanings of the words. It’s essentially the equivalent of using the wrong math formula but getting the correct answer.

Common English Idioms

  • To be on cloud nine – To be extremely happy
  • One-trick pony – A person with only one talent or area of expertise
  • Wouldn’t hurt a fly – A person that is inoffensive and harmless
  • Like a fish out of the water – Very uncomfortable
  • Fit as a fiddle – Very healthy and strong
  • To have your head in the clouds – To be daydreaming and/or lacking concentration
  • To be under the weather – To feel sick
  • To be as right as rain – To feel healthy again
  • Eager beaver – A person who is enthusiastic and wants to do something very much
  • Teacher’s pet – A person who is considered the teacher’s favorite. This can be used positively or negatively depending on the context
  • Gold digger – A person who is pursuing a relationship with another for the sole purpose of benefiting from their wealth
  • Party pooper – Someone who tends to suck the fun out of situations by either not participating or adding negativity