Dictionary of English Idioms & Phrases

Idioms and idiomatic expressions are used frequently in spoken and written English and so this is a useful area of the language to learn. Since idioms are phrases where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words, this can make idioms hard for ESL students and learners to understand. However, learning idioms can be fun and rewarding since their meanings are often surprising.

Our idiom dictionary contains clear definitions and examples of 7,068 English idioms and idiomatic expressions, categorised by topic and country of origin.

List of Idioms by Topic

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List of Idioms by Country

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Recently Added

On speaking terms
Added on 4 Jun 2018
Blood is up
Added on 2 Mar 2018
Put your name in the pot
Added on 6 Feb 2018
Not a stitch
Added on 10 Jan 2018
The john
Added on 5 Jan 2018
Get your act together
Added on 13 Nov 2017
Not on your life
Added on 1 Nov 2017
A leap in the dark
Added on 24 Oct 2017
As good as your word
Added on 5 Oct 2017
At every turn
Added on 5 Oct 2017
In the palm of your hand
Added on 30 Sep 2017
In store
Added on 17 Sep 2017
Mind the store
Added on 17 Sep 2017
Walk the talk
Added on 23 Aug 2017
Spill your guts
Added on 9 Aug 2017
Spill blood
Added on 9 Aug 2017
Hammer something home
Added on 7 Jul 2017
Conscience makes cowards of us all
Added on 26 Jun 2017
Turn back the clock
Added on 21 Jun 2017
Were you born in a field?
Added on 23 May 2017
A tumbleweed moment
Added on 21 May 2017
Augean stables
Added on 19 May 2017
Leave the field open
Added on 2 May 2017
Go doolally
Added on 25 Apr 2017
Like a hot knife through butter
Added on 19 Apr 2017
Twist the knife
Added on 19 Apr 2017
Knives are out
Added on 19 Apr 2017
Show someone the door
Added on 22 Feb 2017
Give someone their marching orders
Added on 21 Feb 2017
Settle a score
Added on 21 Feb 2017

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