English idioms, proverbs, and expressions are an important part of everyday English. You would not want to say just “Hi, how are you?”, but more like a native speaker. Here are the top 10 English idioms you should know!
1. Break a leg
Meaning: Good luck.
Example in sentence: “Break a leg dear, I’m sure your singing performance on stage will be fantastic.”
2. One in a blue moon
Meaning: an event that happens infrequently.
Example in sentence: “I only go to the old shopping mall once in a blue moon, nothing excites me there.”
3. Piece of cake
Meaning: Something is easy to complete.
Example in sentence: “The assignment from Dr Raj was a piece of cake, I have completed it in 2 hours.”
4. Ball is in your court
Meaning: It is up to you to make the next move or decision.
Example in sentence: “The ball is in your court, don’t mess this up again.”
5. Crunch time
Meaning: the period of time just before an important task has to be done and everyone has to work hard
Example in sentence: “My sister is not getting enough sleep these days, it is crunch time at school.”
6. Hang in there
Meaning: Just wait and be patient
Example in sentence: “Hang in there, we are on our way to save you.”
7. Freak out
Meaning: Become scared, excited or angry
Example in sentence: “Ladies, don’t freak out. I’m getting married next month.”
8. Miss the boat
Meaning: To miss an opportunity
Example in sentence: “I may have missed the boat, the walk-interview session is over.”
9. Think on your feet
Meaning: Adapt to changes and make quick decisions.
Example in sentence: “A company director must think on his feet in ensuring his employees’ productivity.”
10. Back-room Boys
Meaning: The backstage guys with no contact with the public.
Example in sentence: “Our programming team has always been back-room boys, let’s introduce them to our loyal
English idioms are not that hard to learn, as long as you practise them in daily life. Break a leg!
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