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 7,120 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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Flip someone the bird
Added on 7 Oct 2019
On the rack
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It's a wrap
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Keep the flag flying
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Stack the deck
Added on 27 Jun 2019
Hit the deck
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Gun-shy
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Shell-shocked
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In a pig's eye
Added on 3 Jun 2019
Mare's nest
Added on 11 Feb 2019
Crickets
Added on 7 Dec 2018
Right on the button
Added on 3 Dec 2018
Button it
Added on 3 Dec 2018
Press the right buttons
Added on 3 Dec 2018
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

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