Common Idioms with Meanings in English

Common Idioms In English

In this article, you will come to know what Idioms are and how to use them.
Idioms are a group of words or phrases which are used in a sentence rather than boring usual words to give color to it. Idioms make a conversation or a writing more appealing and interesting. They also make you sound like a native. The use of idioms is so wide-spread than an understanding of these terms is crucial to successful communication, whether in listening, speaking, reading, or writing.

Here, you will find a number of common idioms with their easy-to-understand explanations for your learning. Also, sentences are made in order for you to master these idioms.

common idioms

Yellow- Bellied


Life never gives a second chance to a Yellow-bellied person.

Crunch numbers

(to do mathematical calculations)      

He is good at crunch numbers, and that helped him to pass the mathematics test easily.

In cold blood

(with cruel intent)       

The poor lady was begging for mercy in front of the robber in cold blood.

Go belly up


Money wasters always go belly up before the time.

Bring home the bacon

(to earn a salary)       

He was very excited to bring home the bacon after getting the most awaited job.

By a hair’s breadth

Just barely)    

He was about to hit the rush driving car but stopped by a hair’s breadth.

Gain ground

(to make progress)     

It’s not possible to gain ground in this competent world with just a little effort.

Red in the face


He was red in the face after telling a lie in front of his boss.

In black and white

(in writing, officially)   

I am not used to dealing with jumbled sentences, so just explain it to me in black and white.

Curl someone’s hair

(to frighten or shock someone)          

Some people have a bad habit of curling others’ hair for nothing.

Arm twisting

(to face into doing something)

We can’t arm-twist youth to achieve their goals.


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