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83 English idioms and idiomatic expressions, plus idioms to express anger, happiness, and unhappiness.

Idioms for happiness

Find the perfect idiom to express your happiness with these happiness idioms


Idioms for unhappiness

Or if you’re feeling sad, here are some idioms for expressing unhappiness  


Idioms for anger

And here are some idioms for expressing anger.


Scary idioms

Idioms, phrasal verbs and sayings for Halloween


Weather idioms

33 weather idioms


Idioms about language

9 language-related idioms


Time idioms

♦ 12 time-related idioms


Alphabetical list of idioms


Latest idiom: nuts about (someone or something)


Idioms beginning with ‘A’

a bad egg

a day’s grace

an April Fool

an Indian summer

a piece of cake

as bright as a button

as cunning as a fox

as different as chalk and cheese

as fresh as a daisy

a show of hands

as prickly as a hedgehog

as proud as a peacock

as sick as a parrot

as the crow flies

a storm in a teacup

as tough as old boots


Idioms beginning with ‘B’

bats in the belfry

bear garden

blue-collar worker

bread and butter


burn the candle at both ends

busman’s holiday


Idioms beginning with ‘C’

cauliflower ear

cheesed off

couch potato

Idioms beginning with ‘D’

dead wood


Idioms beginning with ‘E’

eat humble pie


Idioms beginning with ‘F’

foul one’s nest


Idioms beginning with ‘G’

ghost town

go bananas

(a) good sport

go to seed

grin like a Cheshire cat

guinea pig

Idioms beginning with ‘H’

haul over the coals

have one’s work cut out

heart of gold

hit the hay

hold the purse strings


Idioms beginning with ‘I’

I’ll eat my hat

in clover

in the twinkling of an eye


Idioms beginning with ‘K’

keep your chin up


Idioms beginning with ‘L’

led by the nose


Idioms beginning with ‘M’

make light work of

mint condition

mud in your eye

(to) mushroom


Idioms beginning with ‘N’

night owl

nineteen to the dozen

nosy parker

not a sausage

nuts about (someone or something)


Idioms beginning with ‘O’

once in a blue moon

on tap

on the breadline


Idioms beginning with ‘P’

play possum

pull the rabbit out of the hat

put a sock in it


Idioms beginning with ‘R’

raining cats and dogs

raise the roof


Idioms beginning with ‘S’

sail through

sandwich course

send to Coventry

smell a rat

snake in the grass

soap opera

spend a penny

spill the beans


sweet tooth


Idioms beginning with ‘T’

the lion’s share

through the grapevine

tip of the iceberg

turn over a new leaf


Idioms beginning with ‘U’

ugly duckling

up with the lark


Idioms beginning with ‘W’

water off a duck’s back

white-collar worker

work on a shoe-string



Recommended books for learning about idioms

The Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms

Oxford Idioms Dictionary for Learners of English

English Idioms in Use Intermediate

English Idioms in Use Advanced edition with answers

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary (7,000+ Idioms) (ELT)

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