Writing Idiom Table

Idiom Meaning Example Usage in Writing
A blessing in disguise A good thing that initially seemed bad Losing that job was a blessing in disguise as it led to better opportunities.
Add fuel to the fire To worsen a situation His angry comments only added fuel to the fire of the debate.
At the drop of a hat Without any hesitation; instantly She’s always ready to help at the drop of a hat.
Beat around the bush Avoiding the main topic; not speaking directly about the issue Instead of beating around the bush, she came straight to the point.
Bite the bullet To endure a painful experience We have to bite the bullet and make the necessary budget cuts.
Break the ice To initiate a social conversation or interaction Icebreaker activities can help break the ice in a group discussion.
Burn the midnight oil To work late into the night; to work overtime He burned the midnight oil to finish the report on time.
Cut corners To do something poorly or cheaply Cutting corners on construction can lead to serious safety hazards.
Every cloud has a silver lining Every bad situation has some good aspect to it Despite the economic crisis, every cloud has a silver lining, as new markets emerged.
Hit the nail on the head To describe exactly what is causing a situation or problem The analysis hit the nail on the head when identifying the cause of the recession.
Leave no stone unturned To look for something in every possible place They will leave no stone unturned while investigating the case.
Once in a blue moon Very rarely I only go to the cinema once in a blue moon.
Pulling someone’s leg Joking with someone I was just pulling your leg when I said we had a test today.
Spill the beans To reveal a secret or disclose information prematurely The press spilled the beans about the company’s upcoming merger.
Take with a grain of salt To not take something too seriously The results of the study should be taken with a grain of salt due to its limitations.
The ball is in your court It is your decision this time The ball is in your court now; you have to decide whether to accept the deal.
The best of both worlds To have the advantages of two different things at the same time Working part-time and studying gives you the best of both worlds.
The elephant in the room An obvious problem or controversial issue that no one wants to discuss The article discussed the elephant in the room; the city’s crumbling infrastructure.
Throw in the towel To give up; to surrender After months of struggling, the entrepreneur had to throw in the towel and close her business.
When pigs fly Something that will never happen He plans to clean his house every day? When pigs fly!

Speaking Idioms Table

Idiom Meaning Example Sentence or Scenario in Speaking
A penny for your thoughts Asking someone to share their thoughts “You’ve been quiet all evening, a penny for your thoughts?”
Actions speak louder than words People’s actions are more conclusive than their words “She always says she’ll donate, but actions speak louder than words.”
An arm and a leg Very expensive or costly “This car cost me an arm and a leg, but it’s worth it.”
Back to the drawing board Start over again on a new design or plan “Our proposal was rejected, so it’s back to the drawing board.”
Bite off more than one can chew To take on a task that is too big “I think I bit off more than I can chew with this project.”
Call it a day Stop working on something “We’ve been at this for hours. Let’s call it a day.”
Cat got your tongue? Why are you not speaking? “You haven’t said a word about the presentation. Cat got your tongue?”
Cry over spilled milk Complaining about a loss or failure from the past “I know you’re upset you didn’t get the promotion, but don’t cry over spilled milk.”
Get a taste of your own medicine To receive the same treatment one has given others “He finally got a taste of his own medicine when nobody helped him.”
Go the extra mile To do more than what is expected of you “She always goes the extra mile to ensure her customers are happy.”
Hit the books To study very hard or begin studying with a lot of enthusiasm “Finals are next week; it’s time to hit the books.”
Jump on the bandwagon To follow a trend or join a popular activity “Everyone’s started using that app; I might as well jump on the bandwagon.”
Let the cat out of the bag To reveal a secret accidentally “He let the cat out of the bag about the surprise party.”
On the ball Doing a good job; being prompt and aware of things “You’re really on the ball with these reports—well done!”
Out of the blue Something happening unexpectedly “I was surprised when, out of the blue, she asked me to travel with her.”
Piece of cake Something that is very easy to do “I thought the test would be difficult, but it was a piece of cake.”
Put all your eggs in one basket To risk everything on a single opportunity “Investing all your money in one company is like putting all your eggs in one basket.”
See eye to eye To agree fully; to have the same opinion “We don’t always see eye to eye on politics, but we respect each other.”
The tip of the iceberg A small part of a much larger issue “The issues we see now are just the tip of the iceberg.”
Under the weather Feeling ill or sick “I’m feeling a bit under the weather; I think I’ll stay home today.”